Burlington's City Council is finally willing to pay a commission to clean up their mess. Misery is what often happens when policy is turned over to a City Manager. Bend over and bite the onion.
Bruce Slagle should never have gotten out of town without a crown of tar and feathers Least we forget, thank you, State Senator Courtney. That eminent domain bill exclusion rider in the Iowa Senate made it all possible.
Lost Keys Mayor Bill Ell can't bite the bullet for his role in the Manor Mall heist. No one in city hall knows what the hell to do with that land grab. But Worden pleads for more time. more time, I need more time.
Coupled with his lost fire house key, Ell has cost taxpayers (3) Manor Mall payments and $50,000 in lost keys or $2,550,000 so far with his blatant incompetency. And he defends the Big Slug Doug Worden?
And the council just sits in the big chairs and play Solitaire. Or whatever they play with.
Nancy's Stops Her Drugs: Nancy’s Crazy Class War Conspiracies
"The Rich Won’t Pay Taxes Because They Want to Be Immortal, GOP Hates Kids & Keeps Wages Low to Force People to Pay Bank Fees"
If you want to know how crazy Nancy is, just turn off the sound on this video and watch her arms flail around. She looks like old B&W film of Mussolini. Even Nikita Kruschev beating his shoe on the U.N. lectern wasn't as stupid bad as this. Similar though.
Just Maybe - The Cops Have All They Need to Do Their Job
There was a CD made of the Gas Land Mob robbery and the police picked it up three or four days after the robbery and nothing has happened since; so I guess we can assume the robbers were let off the hook unlike what happens in other cities across America.
The entire episode was filmed at the time but seems to have vanished somewhere after it arrived at the police station, maybe they don’t have a player down there. It’s approaching two months since the robbery and the Hawk Eye and the Police have kept a tight lid on the entire event. It could be some of the perpetrators were related to someone else who knew someone else that worked for the local government or were related to Burlington’s self appointed upper crust.
Basically, it’s just another example of Burlington’s justice system that uses multiple applications of the same laws dependent on who you are or who you know. We have in Burlington what are known as flexible laws based on whatever is politically correct as determined at the scene.
Don’t forget Burlington is a Dumbocrat town from top to bottom.
"WASHINGTON—The National Republican Congressional Committee is hitting Rep. Dave Loebsack (D-Iowa) hard on Eastern Iowa cable stations with its first Iowa ad of the 2012 election cycle in an effort to link the Democratic incumbent to President Obama, whose popularity in Iowa has steadily decreased."
The Nutty Professor is vulnerable. Nancy Pelosi's voting partner is under attack. The Republicans are raising money and waging war against the Department Chair of Tax Whacky U.
The Nutty Professor's tax and spend flubber gun is not working to re-elect like it used to. The Nutty Professor is destroying more than banks giving away a set of hi-ball glass with every new account. The Nutty Professor's Flubber Gun is breaking the bank and our nation's credit rating.
The Nutty Professor could well crash and burn. Will anybody replace the professor in a primary? There is still time to organize and file.
"A congressman from Ohio had cops grab the cameras of constituents during a town hall meeting. Steve Chabot, a Republican, had cell phones and cameras confiscated in order to “prevent an embarrassing Youtube video from making the rounds,” according to Carlos Miller, who runs a blog documenting efforts by the state to stifle the First Amendment rights of photographers."
"Petty Officer Jon T. Tumilson was laid to rest Friday in Rockford, Iowa, where an estimated 1,500 mourners came to pay respects for the fallen Navy SEAL, including his dog Hawkeye. In fact, Hawkeye’s loyalty to his owner at the funeral was visible, creating a heart-wrenching image as he laid down by the casket of his owner during the entire service.
...In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Frogman238 Memorial Fund, First Security Bank and Trust, 201 West Main Ave., Rockford, Iowa 50468, (641)756-3361, to honor Tumilson’s memory."
I wonder why KCPS when talking about Flash Robberies around the country failed to talk about the one that occurred at the Gas Land on Summer Street over a month ago that was never reported in the paper or listed in the police e-reports on their web site. KCPS when talking about flash robberies failed to even mention the one in Burlington on its morning show yesterday, maybe they don’t read Derailed the local source for all news uncensored.
Everywhere in the country that flash robberies have occurred it’s made the news but for some reason when it happens in Burlington it’s ignored by the police and in the local paper, known for its left tilted agenda. I really think the Hawk Eye gets its reporters directly from the Democratic has-beens pool.
The Hawk Eye never reported that a local policeman let a driver go after causing a $6000 dollar accident over on Dodge Street without even ticketing him on the scene for not having insurance and hitting a parked car. He got a ticket for going the wrong way on a one way street and was let go and less than an hour later drove through the wall of the Keystone Products Company on Mt. Pleasant Street.
That Policeman was very lucky the guy didn’t kill someone after he let him off on the accident although he was given another ticket the next day which was probably for hitting the parked car. The problem here is he was given special privileges by being let go for causing a $6000 dollar accident and not having insurance.
This person had a ticket in January another in May and three more within an hour on the Friday in question with one of the three coming on the 13th for what happened on the 12th. Either way, he was given a ticket on the 13th when he was in the hospital or jail. It doesn’t really matter because all the accidents happened on the 12th in mid-afternoon all within about an hour in three totally separated areas of town, miles apart.
The first one happened on Mason Road but was never mentioned, the second hitting the parked car and causing $6000 in damage was not mentioned but the third was mentioned in the paper on Saturday the 13th. This guy was not given a ticket for the accident on Dodge until after the third offense and most likely on the day after the third deliberate accident.
Does one really think that the police are following their mission statement when incidents as the above are allowed to happen on a far to regular basis and censored from the public by both the paper and the police.
Burlington Police Department
The mission of the Burlington Police Department is to guarantee a peaceful community through the enforcement of state and local laws, impartially and without prejudice, and to uphold the Constitution of the United States. We are committed to the protection of human life, individual rights and personal property through continuous care and professional service.
I know the mission statement is a canned document but still they say they abide by it but the above incident proves it’s not fully the truth although some officers may be fair while others provide immunity depending on name, employment or whatever it takes to be let off serious charges. Remember the ex mayor of a few years ago and the policeman’s son let off on numerous charges off and on for over a couple of years.
I would venture to guess the mission statement only applies to some of the people and not to others depending on your social standing in the community or who you know or work for along with your political leaning.
Why in the hell are we in Afghanistan and Iraq when we now have a shooting war going on along our own border with Mexico? The Obama regime is soft on drug dealers along our Southwestern border and illegal aliens across the entire country. No country in the world would tolerate foreigners pouring into their country unchecked as occurs along our borders. Our prisons are full of Mexican criminals and illegal’s and we do nothing but talk about it and then when Arizona attempts to stop it the Obama regime steps in by not letting the state enforce federal laws already on the books that would make it much harder for them to remain in the country.
I hope when 2012 arrives and the nation votes again for president, that Obama is sent packing back to Hawaii or wherever he belongs. Our country is a mess and Obama would appear to have been elected to be a surrogate president for Mexico rather than protect our United States. His regime has constantly interfered with every attempt to stop the flow of illegal aliens and drugs flowing across our borders and has failed to enforce federal laws already on the books regarding illegal’s.
President Reagan had it right long ago when he said, “Government isn’t the answer it’s the problem”. It’s the 545 people running the country from Washington that have ruined our country through their greed, ignorance, selfishness and inability to conduct business for the people through constant worry about not getting reelected time after time to continue their life of leisure at taxpayer expense. Don’t forget democrats want illegal aliens who supply many of their votes in payment for letting them live off the taxpayer. Of course we have the government unions that are absolutely worthless and as self-serving as the 545 running Washington. Again, the 545 count on getting the votes from all these government unions as payment for their budget busting salaries and excessive benefits provided by the democrats.
President Roosevelt fought hand and foot to forbid government unions but once he died the Democrats saw a chance to build a voter base by allowing the government lackeys to form unions which have since made government nothing more than a home for deadbeat bureaucratic losers who only want to line their own pockets while enslaving the population further and further.
City, county and federal unions are nothing more than a drain on the public’s resources with the sole purpose of electing democrats in order to maintain their life of privilege until our country if finally ruined. Roosevelt saw the dangers of government unions but the democrats wanted a method of buying votes on a regular basis and passed laws allowing government unions; so whenever you hear anything about government unions just remember these unions were created for immoral reasons by the democrats and I think the record of this relationship between government unions and democrats has been proven over and over again.
There’s nothing wrong with private sector unions but government unions were formed for immoral self-serving purposes between the 545 in Washington and those in the government unions.
Obama Ignores Congress For Illegal Alien Voters to Save His Ass
"President Obama signed another controversial Executive Order before jetting off to nine days of vacation on Martha’s Vineyard. This latest order stopped the automatic deportation of illegal aliens and appears to some in Congress as the President bypassing Congress and effectively creating laws through imposing regulations. With this latest order, President Obama has now created more regulations in 2 1/2 years than any other President has done in the same time frame."
...Sumter County, of which Americus is the seat, has an unemployment rate of more than 12%. Georgia Chopsticks now employs 81 people turning out 2m chopsticks a day. By year’s end Mr Lee and Mr Hughes hope to increase their workforce to 150, and dream of building a “manufacturing incubator” to help foreign firms take advantage of Georgia’s workforce and raw materials."
Wouldn’t you know that Dick Durbin is a product of Burlington’s sister city East Saint Louis, Illinois a fitting tribute to the one party loser who blames all Democratic failures on the Tea Party.
That’s a strange stand by a loser congressman who would rather take our country down before admitting his incompetence and ignorance of the American experience. Durbin is a classic example of what’s wrong with democrats who have ruined Illinois with their sick form of governmental corruption and ineptness and then try to carry it over to the federal government while lining their pockets all along the messy path to American destruction.
Democratic destruction of the American way started long before the Tea Party was born and thank God their here to confront the democratic ruination of our country by the likes of Durbin and the other losers just like him.
At the Gas Land store only about thirteen to fifteen minority teenagers were involved but the case was never made public by the police or the Hawk Eye a known censor of the news here locally. Many Midwest towns have published the films and have had parents turn in their offspring involved in the robberies but not here in Burlington where news is suppressed depending on who it involves.
Crimes go unreported to the public in Burlington on a regular basis like the guy who knocked down a fence out on Mason Road and then the same person went the wrong way on Dodge Street and smashed into a parked Toyota Prius doing extensive damage and the officer only ticketed the guy for going the wrong way although he didn’t have insurance and the vehicle had no plates the officer let him go with no ticket for hitting the parked car. Then just a short time later the same person let go by the police drove through the keystone building on Mt. Pleasant St. The officer who let the driver off with a one way ticket did no drug testing nor DUI testing on the driver he just let him off to cause more misery for someone else a short time later. Why would the officer just give him a simple one way violation when he did serious damage to a parked car? The officer did check the insurance belonging to the parked car but not on the one who caused the accident.
The paper had a short bit about some of the accidents but nothing about the officer letting the person causing the accidents off to cause another more serious collision a short time later at Keystone.
There are just too many instances of the police and the paper letting things go unreported because someone knew someone on the force or their a city employee or whatever it is that warrants immunity from justice here in Burlington.
The name of the officer who let the guy off the more serious charge of causing an accident which allowed him to cause another one a short time later is known but won’t be made public in this post.
"About Reed’s association with Abramoff, Scheffler told RD, “if you look at the whole explanation it was a nonissue, it was the press that made something out of nothing that was there.” He added that Iowa activists were “excited” that Reed was the master of ceremonies for the Iowa Christian Alliance’s fundraiser this week, at which Rick Santorum was the keynote speaker."
The theme that resounded from the recent Iowa Straw Poll was libertarian, not theocratical. A group of wise men in the east enshrined as much. Establishment of a state religion is not conducive to, "Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness."
Ralph Reed and his disciples are to trying to rebuild the ruins of their temple to the root of all evil. Iowa's early presidential selection status is a foundation stone in the attempted resurrection of what the gospel according to Reed wrecked.
What Reed and his cult once cultivated is not and never has been the major concern of the majority. To achieve their ends, infiltrate and take over a movement more in tune with desired political change. Their leadership is a short cut on the highway to hell.
Being lulled from the garden our forefathers created to the desert of eternal Socialism awaits the unwary. The gate swings one way. Satan is offering an apple.
Stagflation, foreign policy blunders galore, sagging poll numbers, what is an incumbent President to do?
In 1979, Jimmy Carter went down the Mississippi River. The tour was to show the Commander in Chief was in touch with America's land dear to its heart. Prospects for being re-elect in 1980 were dimming for the incumbent President.
President Carter even stopped in a town the rest of the world forgot. Speaking in Crapo Park did not sway the national election results in November of 1980.
"President Barack Obama is likely to hear from Iowans like Gooder during a three-day swing through the Midwest. Obama will focus on improving America's rural economy, an area that struggled long before the national recession hammered it more."
Consumer confidence has reached lows not seen since 1980. Stagflation looms. Our foreign friends are ignored and our enemies praised. The Kenyan in Chief's 2012 re-election prospects are looking bleak.
Like his historical role model, President Obama is coming to Iowa and Illinois. With the Delta Queen docked, hop on the bus. Make we who are not part of the coastal elite think he has not forgotten about us.
Will the President's bus be mooned remains to be seen. It is looking more likely that history will repeat itself. Voters may well moon Mr. Obama in 2012.
“You Guys Aren’t Going to Cover This are You?” U. S. Senator Dick Durbin (D) IL
Dirty Dick Hides Behind Skirt
"This brings us to the eternal question: Who is media and who is not? Who gets to decide? Sen. Dick Durbin? His friends in the Chicago media? Are public officials accountable to the public? Do we have the right to question authority? Or must we just accept what they bestow upon us? Do we have the right to question the media? Or do we have to let the so-called “real” journalists impose their own idea of news? Of truth?
Locally, the ever in power single party system does not face an in person challenge like Dick Durbin did. The Ad Vertiser will always be there; only the Ad Vertiser. Not to lie, but to omit as deemed fit, or by default by incompetence.
Not all is as rosy as it once was. Thanks to you and other local alternative media, the whole story is often told. Local voters have told more than one office holder so exposed to take a hike.
Competence is what counts. Competition makes it known.
Neither party has cornered the market when it comes to competence. That is something those who depend only on the Ad Vertiser for local information remain unaware of.
"Needless to say, Britain leads Europe in the proportion of single mothers and, as a consequence, also leads or co-leads the European Union in violent crime, alcohol and drug abuse, obesity and sexually transmitted diseases.
Politicians providing a welfare state and the recipients returning them to power is not sustainable. It works for a while, but ultimately produces decay and chaos.
Burlington has been ruled by the party of welfare dependency for decades. Senator Courtney and others like him keep getting re-elected promising to get even with anybody who has more and give it to the poor.
Coming soon to a convenience store near you, Burlington does Britain.
Gasland Flash Mob Ignored By Local Police, City Council & Ad Vertiser
Even though flash mob attacks have occurred right here in Burlington, Iowa the local authorities and the Democratic Press haven’t mentioned a word about it; so the public is little aware of the problems lurking throughout the city posed by Burlington’s newest workers imported by Brian Tapp at SEIRPC, Dennis Hinkle and The Chamber and other local tax supported entities on the pretense that Burlington needed the workers even though there were no livable jobs anywhere within Des Moines County.
A month or so ago a flash mob attack occurred at the Gas Land Store in the 1000 block of Summer Street where ten to fifteen minorities went on a rampage in the store stealing alcohol and food items throughout the store and then ran out the doors disappearing into the night. Although the action was caught on camera it took the police about three to four days to bother picking up the video record of the attack. The clerk completely overwhelmed phoned the police but it took them too long to reach the scene and none of the criminals were apprehended.
Remember we live in the third worst city for crime in the State of Iowa with only two points separating Burlington from the top spot and only one point away from Davenport a city four times the size of Burlington. Best and Worst Crime Areas in the State Of Iowa
The local problem is discussed by many people living in Burlington but the police and Democratic press for some reason are suppressing the entire problem for some unknown reason which probably has something to do with being “Political Correct” a democratic ploy to play the votes and to make sure those doing the voting continue to receive taxpayer money to live here regardless of the burden it puts on the few who work for a living in Burlington.
Shortly before Scott's announced political come back, local developers leaned heavily on the Council to lessen building codes, including fire safety codes.
Local developers wishing to convert downtown, century plus old office and retail buildings to residential use were among those demanding more lax fire codes. The fire codes where people sleep are more stringent for good reasons.
Where does Tim Scott stand on the issue of City building and safety codes?
It has taken the NYT editorial page three years to realize what many Americans knew prior to Obama’s election back in 2008. The man had no experience at anything and was one of the worst senators possible for failing to make his mind up 130 times in two years by not giving a “nay” or “yea” vote.
It just boggles the mind how so many so called “smart people” were duped by this man into believing he was something of greatness when he is more representative of a Flim-Flam man than anything else.
I was on Roosevelt yesterday and as I passed the Manor I couldn’t help but notice the grass looks like hell and hasn’t been cut for awhile. Is the city failure now going to degrade the appearance of Burlington as does much of the infrastructure?
In Sunday’s rag Mr. Worden claims Burlington’s hotel/motel taxes brought in an increase of 12 percent over last year and if that’s the case, why does the Rec Plex need taxpayer money every year since opening its doors to make up for the losses?
Burlington taxpayers have kicked in over $1,000,000 since the Rec Plex has been in business at approximately $100,000 bail out every year proving over and over again Burlington management cannot run a business and should sell it off which wouldn’t affect the hotel/motel receipts and save the taxpayers some $100,000 in additional taxes per year.
Personally, I would suggest the bridge and prison have drawn in more money to the area than has the tourist trade. There may have been an increase in tourist but that’s probably because many people can’t afford to venture to the larger resorts and Disney-like parks at cities far from Southeastern Iowa.
How Burlington can align itself with the likes of Nauvoo is beyond reason because Nauvoo is basically a religious and historical attraction unlike Burlington that features gambling, sports, loud music and a water park, none of which are relevant to historical Nauvoo in drawing tourists.
Burlington would be better off by attracting livable jobs to the area rather than depending on the tourist trade which doesn’t pay the bills as would people living and working in the city or nearby areas. When you have people leaving the area because of jobs and no one replacing them is a sure sign something is drastically wrong. Burlington needs people working and paying taxes but we end up with nothing but the welfare and criminal element which has ranked Burlington as Iowa’s third most crime ridden city, ranking only one point behind Davenport with a population four times that of Burlington.
No one has all the answers but without jobs providing livable wages Burlington will never return to the best of times.
Once again Burlington crime has earned its ranking as Iowa’s third rated city for crime with only two points back of #1(Keokuk) and one point back from #2 (Davenport).
Friday night another random spree of vandalism occurred in the Perkins School area with another vehicle having two of its windows broken out by some of Burlington’s scum bag losers. For the second time in two weeks vehicles, at random and within a half block of the Perkins School have had their windows broken out.
Some of the low life scum sponging off the citizens of Burlington are probably responsible for these random acts of destruction which are too numerous to be discounted as simple vandalism. Just a month ago ten to fifteen minority teenagers gang robbed the Gas Land Store on Summer Street and the story was never reported to the public ever in the paper or police reports published in the paper. This same technique for robbing stores has happened in other cities such as Milwaukee and it made the TV news instantly with videos of the crime taking place and guess what, even parents turned in their children that they saw in the video but here in Burlington the news is completely ignored with the exception of Derailed our only true source of Burlington’s crime reporting. The Hawk Eye censors the news in order to keep the population ignorant of the out of control crime running amuck in the city of one political party.
The parasites doing this vandalism are truly low life losers which have gained a foothold in the streets of Burlington for whatever reason and there in every neighborhood lurking like snakes waiting to strike those unwary of the high crime in Burlington with a crime rate much higher than Iowa as a whole and the nation as a whole. Yet, our local paper fails to warn the public of the possibility of getting robbed, mugged, slugged or made a victim of random violence.
Burlington needs to request the state come in and help clean up the streets or do something because the city is making no headway in reducing crime and again proof Burlington’s sister city is without a doubt East St. Louis, Illinois.
Well, congress is off for the month but still being paid for doing a horribly inadequate job for which most of them should be fired while another 400,000 Americans are out of work for the month of July though no fault of their own.
The entire lot of 545 people put in office to run our country have failed the American people miserably and should be replaced by American’s who care about more than stuffing their pockets and living a life of privilege. Just goes to show that a country headed by a socialist will never survive as well as one run by a capitalist.
Did Soros Make a $1 Billion Bet on U.S. Debt Downgrade?
Obama Advisor and Scum Bag Euro Trash Financier Soros At Center of Screwing America
“Someone dropped a bomb on the bond market Thursday – a $1 billion Armageddon trade betting the United States will lose its AAA credit rating. In one moment, an invisible trader placed a single trade that moved the most liquid debt market in the world. The massive trade wasn’t placed in bonds themselves; it was placed in the futures market. The trade was for block trades of 5,370 10-year Treasury futures executed at 124-03 and 3,100 Treasury bond futures executed at 125-01.”
Mike’s ramblings on Sunday’s editorial page again reflect his warped mind when he claimed 82 percent of Americans polled think congress is run by (idiots) with Republicans earning the deepest contempt. With the Democratic shellacking in 2010 I would venture Mike is making up his facts about which party is despised.
Well, Mike must get his information from the NYT but the latest Rasmussen Report of July 24-25 states towards the end: “Forty-five percent (45%) of voters trust Republicans more when it comes to handling economic issues , while 35% put more trust in Democrats. Voters now trust Republicans more than Democrats on nine of 10 issues regularly tracked by Rasmussen Reports. Two years ago Democrats were trusted more than Republicans on most issues.” Mike’s failure to report who or where he got his information means his information is basically unconfirmed as reliable. Believe me Mike gets most of his political information from his own mind or directly out of the Democratic game book.
Mike would help himself be more believable were he not so far left of center and would state where he gets his facts (I use that term lightly). Mike is a good example of how some people can be brained washed into believing things that just aren’t factual which is the main process of educating the populace in a socialist style of government. Mike would have done much better with his style of writing had he worked for the Daily Worker or maybe Pravda of old.
A dearth of Jimmy Olsons studying to become Clark Kents is having an effect. The University of Iowa is dropping its graduate program in Journalism.
Iowa's undergraduate Journalism program remains. If the trend grows of students entering better paying fields like fast food management, are undergraduate Journalism programs in peril?
This could have local implications. The Ad Vertiser's circumvention of the 13th Amendment using underpaid, undergraduate interns could be in peril. As the Ad Vertiser's circulation and revenue continue to decline, drop a notch.
Local high school students could comprise the Ad Vertiser's editorial staff. This may not be a bad thing.
News stories could not get more inaccurate and incoherent than they currently are. In fact, the quality of news reporting may improve.
Many high school Jimmys would have spent all of their short lives in our community. Most would know the difference between Minneapolis and Mediapolis and that neither is just across the river in Henderson County, Illinois.
At age 16, most upperclassmen would have a drivers license. Special training to get out and cover a story would be necessary. The Nash Metropolitan came with a standard, three on the tree, transmission.
As small town daily newspapers enter a clutch situation, providing graduate level drivers education may lengthen their days on the road to oblivion.
As our State Senator Tom Courtney advocates, the State of New York has been taxing, harassing and in general been getting even with business. The difference between leaders and demagogues is all in the peoples foot prints.
Obama Flashback: My Presidency Will Be ‘A One-Term Proposition‘ if Economy Doesn’t Turn Around in ‘3 Years’
“Look, I’m at the start of my administration. One nice thing about the situation I find myself in is that I will be held accountable. You know, I’ve got four years,” Obama told The Today Show’s Matt Lauer on February 1, 2009.
“A year from now I think people are going to see that we’re starting to make some progress,” said Obama. ”But there’s still going to be some pain out there. If I don’t have this done in three years, then there’s going to be a one-term proposition.”
"Republican Larry Kruse will run for the newly-created Iowa Senate District 42, a release from Iowa Senate Republicans said. Senate Minority Leader Paul McKinley’s (R-Chariton), who spoke to Lee County Republicans last week, also posted the release to his Facebook page."
It appears a State Senator once selected by his peers as least effective could be unelected. Gene Fraise will be facing an opponent who has demonstrated literacy and competence as a Lee County Supervisor.
If Fraise is defeated, it would break up Southeast Iowa's Iowa Senate team of the dim, Senator Fraise, and the deluded, Senator Courtney. It would give the world one less reason to point and laugh at Southeast Iowa.
Burlington is rated the third worst in the State of Iowa (2008) regardless of what the city itself and the Hawk Eye reveal. How could small towns such as Keokuk and Burlington have such high distinguished rankings in crime far outstripping cities much larger and diverse?
There are many reasons for Burlington being at the bottom of the rung as a safe place to live in Iowa:
1. Burlington has basically only one party (Democrat) which means there are no check and balances on government management at all
2. Burlington has a poor school system brought about by government unions and poor management decisions by the school board
3. Burlington fails to enforce its city codes unless there’s something in it for the city itself, such as money
4. Burlington management if extremely overpaid for their decision making capability, accountability and overall know how at managing a city
5. Burlington taxpayer funded organizations are basically failures for destroying what was once a good city by their greed and dreams of grandeur
6. Burlington school board, through their dreams of grandeur have left buildings they have abandoned all over town as signs of their negligence and irresponsibility
7. Burlington management has done all possible to waste tax money based on ignorance and stupid projects such as the Manor and the RecPlex (no break even ever)
8. Burlington has a court system that constantly lets criminals walk the streets based on ignorance and political correctness both democrat traits
9. Burlington has a very high welfare and entitlement population that attracts the lower level of society to the city
10. Burlington has no livable wage jobs to attract a more socially acceptable level of population
11. Burlington has a large drug culture that penetrates every level of society all the way from the bottom to the top and includes all professions regardless of what it is
12. Burlington has no news source other than a couple of blogs that honestly bring uncensored news and articles to the population
13. Burlington has one newspaper but it fails to be honest and print the truth about the local government and the city’s social ills (democrat)
14. Burlington attracts drug dealers and other criminals because it’s a part of Burlington’s social demographics
15. Burlington taxes are far too high and make Burlington a non-choice for setting up business ventures that are not social in nature
16. Burlington codes prevent anyone from converting the empty buildings downtown into livable housing based on housing codes rather than industrial codes
17. Burlington being union orientated prevents many industrial organizations from considering Burlington for setting up shop here
18. Burlington city council in many cases are rude to citizens and unaccountable for their poor decisions
19. Burlington hires retired city employees for part time jobs rather than giving the younger citizen the chance to get a city job
20. Burlington city employees are grossly overpaid and benefitted as are all government employees nation wide
21. Burlington city officials and the newspaper fail to report crimes they feel would upset some of the newer citizens based on political correctness (democrat thinking)
22. Burlington fails to report misdeeds by the so called “Upper Crust” in order to hide the truth from the citizens who don’t get the same treatment from law enforcement
Burlington is truly a sister city to East Saint Louis, Illinois and let there be no doubt about that and until the city turns to a two party government and has an honest and unbiased newspaper it will always be a loser city.