Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Milford Independent Party grows by 10%


This is something to celebrate, especially since the Independent party has been solely run mostly of my own devices. With few people, and I mean very few people writing or pushing the local Milford Independent Party besides myself and a handful of dedicated fans and helpers, our collective party still grew by 10 percent this year.

Imagine what gains could have been made if just a few more people as dedicated, and as committed  as myself, decided to talk to their friends and family. Perhaps print them a Voter Registration form, and encouraged them to register for the Milford Independent Party.

The big surprise, and my source of inspiration, continues to be the people of Milford who never seem to be lacking in magic, and I must admit, I have had my doubts about how long this party would last. When we compare ourselves to other minor parties such as the Green Party, Independence Party, the CT for Lieberman Party etc... We realize that there is something truly magical happening with the Independent Party, not only here in Milford but in the state of Connecticut as well.

As excited as I am about our paltry growth, of which amounts to a rank swelling membership of 231 registered party members, I am also realizing that this number is emblematic of a growing discord with party politics. So many people, young and old are growing weary, and disenfranchised by the leadership in America. Record numbers are registering as Unaffiliated wanting nothing to do with any sort of political party. We need not say more than the dismal approval ratings of our legislative bodies, such a Congress and its 7% approval rating.

People fundamentally know something is wrong in America and the people of Milford know that this is about to become an even bigger local problem. Today’s news ought to be called “Tales of the Washington Crypt.” We need not mention every dismal, enigmatic, perplexing, and outrageous headline that we read or watch on the vitriolic debate channels that dare call themselves news, but rather we should come to embrace the fact that we have each other, and strive to make all our politics local. Perhaps if we get it right here in Milford, other towns and eventually our state will emulate us. I believe that the highest form of flattery is to imitate someone you envy.

To explain what I mean, I will first stress that how we care for one another, treat one another, how we show our respect for our community and defend our town from those outside influences that would seek to exploit us for their own agenda, is one of those things. This is what we should discuss as a community moving forward in the years ahead. We should work on making the decisions of our local legislative bodies stand firm, without outside veto’s, conditions, overrides, contractual obligations etc.. My point here is that the destiny of our community ought to rest with us and not the state, federal, or especially a foreign treaty. This is what I believe is worth fighting for, this is what I believe is the root of freedom, and the burden we share together. If you think Freedom is Free, than I suggest you visit Arlington Cemetery.

Milford is that special place by the sea, historically significant, quaint, and not borne of those developers who would tear down our last standing tree for a profit. I believe our town is comprised of good people, People that I find to be truly resilient in the face of this kind of adversity. Nothing speaks better, or demonstrates this better than the multiple relief efforts of the last few hurricanes, those who fought to save our woods, our heritage, and need I mention the amazing unity borne of those forces imposed on us by nature’s water and snow.

It is with this fraternal and kindred spirit, that today’s headlines, likened to these natural disasters, cause me minimal loss of sleep. I am happy to say that there is no better place to live and work than right here in the city of Milford.

With this said, I will reconnect with my normalcy bias and continue about this cheerful rant of mine with the upmost sincerity, and highest and most positive attitude. I shall move forward today with a steadfast commitment to all that is positive. To that which brings me joy and to that which deserves my upmost attention.  So moving forward let’s focus on gratitude, peace in our lives, and a building of lasting friendships with people who are committed to that terrific motto of "Honest People for Honest Government."

For those who may not know, that phrase is not just words on our banner, it’s not a promise or a commitment; it’s an amazing quality of a good person. We would hope that through Honesty, through not tolerating those who lie, those who cheat or those who steal, we ourselves would lead by example rather than by scandal. Honesty is that first step, in lighting the way for succeeding generations to follow this one.

In conclusion, I will say that only through us and our actions, can our community become a better, safer, and more enjoyable place to live and work. We therefore need to look no further than our friends and neighbors, our children and parents, our aunts and uncles and those we hold dear, for the inspiration we need to succeed in all that we do. In the end it is you who can make a difference, it also may be you who make or break the local headlines, and it is you who can help to expose or protect our city from harm.

 

Friday, July 11, 2014

Milford Developers Should Have No Right to Ruin Milford

There has been a constant and outgoing outcry over what Developers can and cannot do in Milford. Personally I have and will always remain an advocate of individual property rights and support the rights of homeowners to do as they see fit to do on their own property;  so long as, what they choose to do is reasonable, logical and does not infringe on the freedom and liberty of their neighbors.

This is where the issue of Giant corporations and mega developments under the color of law come in, mainly 8-30G or what should have been named “the Slumlord Dream Act.” The idea of Affordable housing is a fair and just cause. The state has crafted such laws with the intent to help low income residents in our state. Ct has a very interesting mix of people, from the very wealthy in Fairfield County, to the very poor in cities like Hartford, New Haven, Waterbury and Bridgeport.

Very soon the influx of refugees from Central America will be looking for housing as well. These low skilled workers will pose a significant challenge to the housing markets everywhere. Many of these individuals are un-educated non English speaking laborers, and will be struggling to compete in a market that is becoming increasingly automated by machines, robots and computers. The future of unskilled labor in America is in question, as is the challenges posed by those in College and Grad school today, whom are also burdened with over One Trillion in student loan debt.

 So the dynamic has become somewhat of a paradox that limits and hinders all but Japanese style living in cramped and compact quarters. This should also bring into question the term “Affordable,” is this sincere or is this "code" for developers to make their mega construction projects more socially palatable. We also must wonder and consider who 8-30G was written for, the Developers or the Poor? I think if you follow the money you will get an answer that is “crystal clear.”

Overdevelopment follows a cycle, cities become dense, quality of life is denigrated, our open space is decimated and our taxes are all but abated. Congestion and traffic and noise pollution on our roads and bridges will require more maintenance and repair, while those liberals who sought out to set housing victims free will watch those they championed toil and remain in despair.

America is a place where people come to aspire and dream, this is a place where Freedom and rule of Law are what ought to be. We look at one another and see where we all came from, most Americans have their roots on Ellis Island others won lotteries for citizenship and some made America their home by way of family and marriage. To live and work in America is an honor, a privilege, and a blessing. It’s not a right, an entitlement or a debt owed to someone.

No matter how we have come to be here in America, and for many of us Milford, everyone desires to live in an affordable home with their family or perhaps on their own terms. Everyone has a right to survive, and everyone has a right to pursue their own happiness as they see fit.

Right now here in our Great city, many of us feel that our environment, and open space are more valuable than the erection of those housing projects that will densely pack in countless people into our community for a hefty profit to a developer or corporation.

Many of us have and will continue to argue that Milford already has enough affordable housing despite the false and misrepresented figures offered by our local Developers. Some things they fail to consider are the record low interest rates afforded first time home buyers, the countless HAMP modifications that made existing homes affordable, the innumerable houses in town that sold for under $350,000.00 and of course the myriad of other places one can live and work for a fraction of the cost of living in our state. This should all be proof enough that our state and town is doing just fine.

Rarely do we read in the paper that families are complaining about the lack of affordable housing, but we do constantly hear about builders and their lawyers fighting our P&Z boards and writing nasty letters accusing innocent people of the vulgarities of racism, bigotry and the like vitriol that I personally believe is their disdain for free thinking people whom have been awakened to the reality that these Developers are just bullies and have little to no interest in keeping homes affordable.

With all this said I therefore must applaud the people of our community to have the insight and forethought to see this state statue for what it is… a legal tool that greedy developers abuse for their own rational interests. It gives me great delight to see the people of Milford fight and fight back as hard as the developers do. This, my friends, is the way to remind the bullies with bulldozers that we decide what is best for our town NOT THEM. Keep up the good fight, because this is not yet over!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Milford High School Merger Considered

Some years ago, I wrote an article here on this blog discussing the merger of the two High Schools. This discussion was at a time when few saw that our student population was in a sustainable decline. This decline has now arrived and a Long Range Planning Committee has taken it to task. Milford Patch has been the local sounding board for numerous objections, conclusions, and criticisms of ideas proposals and suggestions they have thus far put forward, none-the-less the issues of limited resources, and financial strains are are the forefront of how to get the best result for Milford's future pupils.

Thus far it has become very clear that Milford has its share of critics, including Mr. Chaucer who is yet again on record objecting to the High School merger and leading the opposition at town hall meetings where he is very clear about his opinions. This issue was on record some years ago, at the link below I have documented Mr. Chaucers concerns as I have my own.

There is no doubt that our kids deserve a world class school, and there is no doubt in my mind that big changes are on their way in the not so distant future. These changes are just as I predicted they would arrive and no I did not read into the "Tea Leaves" to arrive at my conclusions as so many of my liberal critics would allege.

The answer to the present situation, and its associated future trends is rooted in Game Theory, whereby you look to important factors like school age kids born today, the state of the local economy, the mill rate, the financial obligations of the city, the condition of the present schools, and the assumption that our city planners make decisions that save money, serve the interest of the department of Education and yes you have a pretty solid idea that our schools are in for a big change like or not.

Regardless of what is decided, the only concern I have at the moment is that more adults than kids are involved in the open meetings of this long range planning committee. With the schools impacting the daily lives of our towns teenagers more so than their parents I grow weary that their input is not complete or capable of delivering a well rounded discussion with intelligent and viable solutions. Hopefully school board members will reach out to the Kids for their thoughts and ideas on their education future in Milford. This is the type of approach I would like to see happen if we are serious about coming up with a well rounded solution that as few people as possible will object to,

For now, however it is pretty clear that we are not going to satisfy everyone, and the ongoing debate and challenges are healthy regardless of what I personally believe. It is my hope that this long Range Planning Committee will be successful in its endeavors and our school system will emerge stronger and better despite the confusion and added complication of yet another controversial Bill Gates program called Common Core at the center of its deployment objectives.

The following article below is my position on Chaucer's thoughts back then, and they still stand today now that this committee is tasked to address some long overdue education restructuring concerns.

http://ronpaultv.blogspot.com/2010/04/my-reply-to-tim-chaucer-leading-high.html

Ben Blake "The Snake" Raising Taxes AGAIN!

Why?! Bailouts of the pension fund. Raises to city workers, outrageously higher Obama care insurance costs and least but not least a Million dollars in interest on banker borrowed money... But do not worry Blake say's the picture could be "Rosier" next year as our schools are being targeted to pay for FAILED Liberal programs. http://milford-now.com/2014/02/18/milford-residents-facing-tax-hike-next-year/

Despite the Obvious, Liberal Blake defender and Democratic Party Chair Richard Smith said the Pension fund was "Not being bailed out." Without citing a reason or perhaps being unaware,of what Brian McReady reported in his new Blog "Milford Now." McReady alleges to have personally sat down with Mayor Blake and has gone on record with the below reasons for why our taxes are going up "slightly" or in my opinion a rosy word for "slighting" the residents of Milford year over year incrementally rather than exercise the will and courage to stand up to the "long train of fiscal abuses" that are ongoing and never ending regardless of what party holds office. Here are the reasons for being "slighted" yet again by Blake:

1. The city has to make a $2 million payment to fund its pension fund for municipal employees next year. Blake said the city’s pension fund is still strong and ranked one of the top five in the state, but the city is still feeling the effects of the stock market decline from 2008-09.

2. The city has to pay an additional $1 million for debt service next year. The city’s debt service has grown with the recent completion of past capital projects including $95 million in major sewage treatment plant upgrades.

3. Health insurance costs continue to skyrocket costing taxpayers an additional $1 million next year. The national trend is a 9.2 percent to 9.7 percent average increase.

4. Contractual obligations, including salary increases for municipal employees, which averages 2-2.25 percent

My response, to Mr. Smith was as follows...

The best way to reduce your taxes, is to subsidize them with Liberal programs. There is the Home Affordability Modification Program (HAMP), EBT Benefits and EBT Cash Cards for Food and pocket Money, Energy Assistance through TEAM, Husky D Free healthcare (For Low income family members), Life line can eliminate your Cell Phone Bill, there are also Property Tax rebates at city hall for Veterans and Seniors, if all else fails sell your jewelry, get rid of a spare car or eat out and vacation less... or you could ask yourself do I really need to live in this Liberal Mecca called CT and Milford. Anyone who investigates life outside of CT quickly learns that life here is by far the hardest of most any state in America. Its going up a "little bit" every year no matter who you elect..... Keep voting Liberal Imbecile and this is what you get!

And

Rich how about, WE DO NOT BAIL OUT THE EMPLOYEE PENSION FUND, how about WE QUIT SIGNING STUPID CONTRACTS GIVING PAY RAISES DURING A NATIONAL DEPRESSION, how about WE QUIT BORROWING MILLIONS FROM GREEDY BANKERS... Ohh I have an Idea how about WE DEMAND MORE FROM OUR CONTRACTORS FOR LESS MONEY! Just saying you know before we gut our schools or in other words MAKE THE TOWNS KIDS PAY WITH THEIR FUTURE.

Despite the FACTs Rich is of this opinion..

"Of course Rocco. Brilliant as always. Hate to respond to one of your posts but I see you still say whacky things. No one is bailing out a pension fund and the small raises our hard working city employees are getting are not paid during a depression. And, wow, why didn't I think we should just tell contractors to do more work and ask for less pay. I'll write that down." 

PHOTO OF FACEBOOK COMMENTS DOUBLE CLICK TO ENLARGE 
 

Monday, December 30, 2013

Milfords CAFR Figures Continue to Disappoint

FACTS DO NOT LIE! Milford Liberals rack up city debt, and erode the balance sheet the same as their predecessor Liberal Republicans. The Graph below demonstrates that when it comes to eroding the city balance Sheet, Mayor Ben Blake keeps topping all previous records held by Jim Richetelli. The city is not yet bankrupt because we still have a few more assets than liabilities, but we are now 75% of the way there with Blake "the tax and spend snake." I predicted some years ago that under the present trends the city would be in big trouble around the end of 2014 at the latest, because that is when (under the present trends) Milford would have depleted its entire asset base. Every good accountant will tell you that when you have more Liabilities than assets you have a negative net worth or in other words you are bankrupt. This makes borrowing more difficult and creditors grow concerned about a responsible plan whereby the city can balance not only its budget but its books. This often results in a massive spike in property taxes, credit downgrades and a decline in services. The future of Milford looks puzzling with this administration at the city helm. We may want to think about fixing this problem before it fixes us. The source of these reports are the annual CAFR's located on the city website and the town public library. 

To enlarge the graph click the Photo Click HERE for direct link to the 2013 CAFR Also a larger Image is available here http://milford.patch.com/groups/opinion/p/milfords-march-toward-bankruptcy-unabated-in-2013

Monday, October 7, 2013

Milford Independents & Republicans Re-Run Spalthoff

Peter Spalthoff, Republican Candidate for Milford’s Mayoral election this fall, was unanimously endorsed by Milford’s Independent Party at their caucus on August 24th 2013. This endorsement places the Spalthoff name on both the Republican and Independent Party lines on the ballot this November 5th.

After securing the support of the Independents, Spalthoff said, “I take the endorsement of the Independent Party seriously because, as most of you can remember, I ran as an independent four years ago and ran on a platform of "people before politics". I believe that now more than ever before.”

Almost every member of the Spalthoff team that includes Linda Stock for City Clerk, as well as all of the Republican endorsed Aldermen, Board of Ed and Planning and zoning members were endorsed by the Independents and will also be on both the Republican and Independent ballot.

Spalthoff went on to say “Thanks again to the party for the confidence they have placed in my team and me. I will certainly not let you down when it comes time to manage this wonderful City of ours.”

Peter Spalthoff has held multiple leadership roles for many years in numerous Milford community organizations such as the Chamber of Commerce, Milford Rotary, Woodruff YMCA, Milford Fine arts, Bridges, the Downtown Business Association and as Chairman of the United Way of Milford. His community participation reflects his passion for Milford and his desire to get involved and get things done. His vision is to make Milford stronger, more diverse, and prosperous. Visit his web site at http://www.spaltformayor.com or contact him at (203) 701-VOTE.

Trouble at the "Everything is not O.K." Democrat Corrall

This is in Reference to the Richard Smith article "Blake Supporter Comments on Campaign Signs" read that at the below link before you proceed.

http://milford.patch.com/groups/elections/p/blake-supporter-comments-on-campaign-signs
 Normally I do not Comment on Richard Smith's articles, but since he saw fit to make this article his personal criticism of myself, and the Milford Independent Party I see fit to inform the readers here of the Truth, rather than the art of politics that Rich has mastered as the Chairman of the Democratic Town Committee.

 First and foremost I am one person, not the Independent Party, there are several hundred registered Independents and nearly half the town considers themselves Independent. Secondly, I find it to be in poor taste to smear Peter Spalthoff over an issue that has nothing to do with him personally.

 But to get the facts straight here, and having had a long history of this type of malice the MITC agreed it would be best to document everything so the public in Milford is not continually misguided by the actions of people with poor character.
 Fact Number One, Smiths Claims are baseless see the historical links below that state my original position. They are also accompanied with official statements from the CT and the MPD where they without being asked looked into their grievance with me personally.
http://ronpaultv.blogspot.com/2011/08/milford-police-jobs-discussion-by.html

 Fact Number 2 If you want to discuss what a poor choice of a Party the Milford Democrats are read about some of their past candidates, however do not let these bad apples tarnish the batch because there are at least Two Candidates we cross endorsed this year including Mark Ahrens who are terrific choices. It just so happens these people are rare in their ranks and as long as this kind posting continues on Patch I expect that good people will continue to not Run. The individuals named below have all been mainstream news so I believe this is the only exception to what ought to be a good rule.

http://www.ronpaultv.blogspot.com/2013/02/top-milford-democrat-indicted-on.html