I continue to be asked, “what do you think”, “what would you do”, “where have you been”, or “is there something that smell in the District?”.
My first statement is that three board members should resign, Gary Dahn, Michael Dahn and Bob McWilliams. Why? because they were there during the period when the district’s funds (our funds) were either missed used or what ever the final determination will be. Listen to the tapes during the past three year’s budget discussions. They were there and agreed, voting for the expenditures, approving some type of budget. All during those years the district continued to spend on STUFF. Remember who were Dr Cullen’s supporters those years, who just smiled and agreed. Then things changed, we really don’t know what changed. The word “ACCOUNTABILIY” appears to be a forgotten word. “I didn’t know”, when they should have does not mean it’s OK. When you accept the responsibility, and they did when they ran and won, they should also stand up for the screw-ups.
Now the word is that this board and a few others in the past has over/missed spent $2,000,000 plus, that’s millions. Many of the citizens has been raising the flags, asking what is the long term plan, the answer was always, we need it, other schools have them, we need to move into the future or finally Schreiver want it. The District now has a lighted football field, IPods, laptops, increase in employees, soccer field, new water wells and a feed the community program. I have been here a number of years and have heard so many time that the food/feeding programs was making money and now I understand it may be losing money these years; not making money.
Now, a new budget that over spends by over 300,000 dollars. How can an organization pass and agree on a budget that spends more than it is forecasted to make, it does not. The board members has a responsibility to manage our tax dollars. They took an oath, they failed and they should take responsibility for that failure. Past weeks Ranchland’s article seem to read that the board is “proud” of the new budget; but what did they say no to. Isn’t it time to feel the pain. Calhan did this past year. What is District 22 doing, appears like they are still spending or wasting our tax dollars. The wrong lesson is being taught hear, stop writing bad checks, live within the money we give you, that is the lesson this board should be teaching. Until this and future boards understand that they are there to insure that our children receive a good education, preparing for the future, I will never support any bond or additional monies. I will always say NO, until they get it right.
On the Open Superintendent position, no I don’t feel that Mr Smith should be hired. He to was here during this period. Start with a clean slat. The entire District 22 is at fault, even the citizens/patents. We should have stopped it, called the law. It is our dollars, we should demand accountability.
Integrity in Leadership
Yes, I have been lazy in posting. Been working on my website and collecting writings but not releasing my concerns until my blog. I will be better. A lot of things are happening around Ellicott, the fire, schools, the district, politics and some happy things.
As a calendar entry, we will be hosting a town hall on the 18th of March at the Community Center (Bingo hall) in Ellicott. Currently we have
County Commissioner Longinos Gonzalez, State Representative Paul Lundeen, Sheriff Bill Elder, District Attorney Dan May, Clerk and Recorder Chuck Broerman, Public Works Jim Reid, that will be attending. So write down you questions and get them answered. Meeting will start at 6:30pm. Seating is limited so ……..
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These are all the programs that the new Republican House has proposed cutting.
Read to the end.
Corporation for Public Broadcasting Subsidy — $445 million annual savings.
Save America ‘s Treasures Program — $25 million annual savings.
International Fund for Ireland — $17 million annual savings.
Legal Services Corporation — $420 million annual savings.
National Endowment for the Arts — $167.5 million annual savings.
National Endowment for the Humanities — $167.5 million annual savings.
Hope VI Program — $250 million annual savings.
* Amtrak Subsidies — $1.565 billion annual savings.
* Eliminate duplicating education programs — H.R. 2274 (in last Congress), authored by Rep. McKeon ,eliminates 68 at a savings of $1.3 billion annually.
* U.S. Trade Development Agency — $55 million annual savings.
* Woodrow Wilson Center Subsidy — $20 million annual savings.
* Cut in half funding for congressional printing and binding — $47 million annual savings.
* John C. Stennis Center Subsidy — $430,000 annual savings.
* Community Development Fund — $4.5 billion annual savings.
* Heritage Area Grants and Statutory Aid — $24 million annual savings.
* Cut Federal Travel Budget in Half — $7.5 billion annual savings
* Trim Federal Vehicle Budget by 20% — $600 million annual savings.
* Essential Air Service — $150 million annual savings.
* Technology Innovation Program — $70 million annual savings.
*Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) Program — $125 million annual savings..
* Department of Energy Grants to States for Weatherization — $530 million annual savings.
* Beach Replenishment — $95 million annual savings.
* New Starts Transit — $2 billion annual savings.
* Exchange Programs for Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and Their Historical Trading Partners in Massachusetts — $9 million annual savings
* Intercity and High Speed Rail Grants — $2.5 billion annual savings.
* Title X Family Planning — $318 million annual savings.
* Appalachian Regional Commission — $76 million annual savings.
* Economic Development Administration — $293 million annual savings.
* Programs under the National and Community Services Act — $1.15 billion annual savings.
* Applied Research at Department of Energy — $1.27 billion annual savings.
* Freedom CAR and Fuel Partnership — $200 million annual savings..
* Energy Star Program — $52 million annual savings.
*Economic Assistance to Egypt — $250 million annually.
* U.S. Agency for International Development — $1.39 billion annual savings.
* General Assistance to District of Columbia — $210 million annual savings.
* Subsidy for Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority — $150 million annual savings.
*Presidential Campaign Fund — $775 million savings over ten years.
* No funding for federal office space acquisition — $864 million annual savings.
* End prohibitions on competitive sourcing of government services.
* Repeal the Davis-Bacon Act — More than $1 billion annually.
* IRS Direct Deposit: Require the IRS to deposit fees for some services it offers (such as processing payment plans for taxpayers) to the Treasury,
instead of allowing it to remain as part of its budget — $1.8 billion savings over ten years.
*Require collection of unpaid taxes by federal employees — $1 billion total savings. WHAT THE HELL IS THIS ABOUT?
* Prohibit taxpayer funded union activities by federal employees — $1.2 billion savings over ten years.
* Sell excess federal properties the government does not make use of — $15 billion total savings.
*Eliminate death gratuity for Members of Congress. WHAT? You gotta be shixxxxx me??
* Eliminate Mohair Subsidies — $1 million annual savings. MOHAIR?!?!?!
*Eliminate taxpayer subsidies to the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change — $12.5 million annual savings. WELL ISN’T THAT SPECIAL????
* Eliminate Market Access Program — $200 million annual savings.
* USDA Sugar Program — $14 million annual savings.
* Subsidy to Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) — $93 million annual savings.
* Eliminate the National Organic Certification Cost-Share Program — $56.2 million annual savings.
*Eliminate fund for Obamacare administrative costs — $900 million savings.
* Ready to Learn TV Program — $27 million savings..
* HUD Ph.D. Program.
* Deficit Reduction Check-Off Act.
This is a Grand TOTAL SAVING of $2.5 Trillion over Ten Years
If you were to research any of these payments it is extremely difficult to see who place them in the budget. If you did find an author, there would not be any discussion as to why we need to spend our tax dollars on it. What is happening; is someone from a district contacts their Senator and ask for dollars and then it pops up, added to a bill. Isn’t paying for votes illegal. What we as citizens should demand is nothing that spends our dollars can be added to a standard bill. All expenditures must be included in the nation’s budget and the person requesting the expenditure must stand before the citizens and explain why I should spend my dollars to support what ever.
Integrity in Leadership
A few years ago some California’s tries to get a law pasted to join Mexico. After reading this let’s try it again. This will fry you. Pelosi is dumber than a rock. Last night she said that what sanctuary cities in Ca. are doing is not illegal. She also has said it isn’t costing the tax payer’s a dime. She is right it is costing millions.
– California LARGEST INSANE ASYLUM IN THE WORLD
Interesting that the LA Times did this. Lou Dobbs reported this on CNN and it cost him his job. The only network we would see this on would be FOX. All the others are staying away from it. Whether you are a Democrat or Republican, this should be of great interest to you! Just One State – be sure and read the last part…
If this doesn’t open your eyes, nothing will!
From the L.A. Times.
1. 40% of all workers in LA County (10.2 million people) are working for cash; and not paying taxes. This is because they are predominantly illegal immigrants, working without a green card.
2. 95% of warrants for murder in Los Angeles are for illegal aliens.
3. 75% of people on the most wanted list in Los Angeles are illegal aliens.
4. Over 2/3 of all births in Los Angeles County are to illegal alien Mexicans on Medi-Cal, whose births were paid for by taxpayers.
5. Nearly 35% of all inmates in California detention centers are Mexican nationals; they are here illegally.
6. Over 300,000 illegal aliens in Los Angeles County are living in garages.
7. The FBI reports half of all gang members in Los Angeles are most likely illegal aliens from south of the border.
- Nearly 60% of all occupants of HUD properties are illegal.
- 21 radio stations in LA are Spanish- speaking.
10. In LA County, 5.1 million people speak English; 3.9 million, speak Spanish. (There are 10.2 million people, in LA County.
(All 10 of the above facts were published in the Los Angeles Times)
Less than 2% of illegal aliens are picking our crops, but 29% are on welfare. Over 70% of the United States’ annual population growth, (and over 90% of California, Florida and New York), results from immigration. Also, 29% of inmates in federal prisons are illegal aliens.
We are fools for letting this continue.
Fayne Mc Dowell
Integrity in Leadership
Well the Chef is back! It has been a strange and filled fall. A few trips and a rebuilt shoulder and here we are just about in, 2017. I hope everyone had a great Christmas and will have a safe and positive new year. The nation will need our prays and support, remember give Change a Chance.
I believe a lot of you know some Ellicottors that have had some health issues they also need our prays and a hug when you see them. We all need hugs in life.
Now, to another sad issues. Have you read last week’s Ranchland? I have a few more School board recordings to listen too; but the best word I would use is “lost”. Mr Hill must have seen the same in his three articles, in a single paper! “Crisis Funding”, is this a new term for District 22? The Chef hates to make this statement but he will; “I told them so”.
Let’s take a brief look at the past six month’s agendas, what stands out? Spending , spending on “make us feel good things”. There are at least two, maybe three members whose priority seems to be only “sports”. Then there are two that seem to drift among “things”. Sometimes it is difficult to understand in what direction this board and Superintendent are leading our district. This is my opinion, this district is “dancing” to two types of music; (1) the non-english speaking students, (2) Schriever Air Force Base. I ask; what happens to the other students?
Those that have been diners at the Potluck, you will remember all the past discussions concerning “budgeting”. The district continues to dump money, our money into a sink hole. Now the district is creating a “Rural Outreach Task Force”. First; what is the mission of this task force and program. The district seems to be moving toward a Left leaving, “let’s take care of everyone.” If one would read the mission/purpose of a school district, providing money and food to those in need isn’t there. Could this be illegal? Just how much has the board members donated to this program, their personal dollars, how much has the Superintendent, Principals, Teachers donated? It is a wonderful idea as long as it is some one else’s money. Assisting the less fortunate is the responsibility of individuals, churches and government programs. This group manages our tax dollars; wrong, they are spending it. I would like to know why this superintendent and school board feels that the school district should take care of the community, isn’t the mission just to educate our children?
Let me again state how this district should create/manage the district’s budget.
(first) task the Superintendent to submit a budget for district administration, district’s personnel cost (salaries and benefits) and any contracts.
(second) task each principal to develop a budget for their schools.
(third) task the sports director to submit a sport budget for each sport.
(fourth) the school board creates a non-education program/projects budget.
(fifth) task the transportation director, food director to develop budgets for their function.
(sixth) task the CFO to develop a bottom line, overall dollar amount. The draft budget should not be shared until the Board reviews the drafts of all tasked functions. During the review, the hard work is to make all organization’s draft budget met the CFO bottom line. If not it goes back.
Each function must include, everything from paper towels to software, computers, desk, paper, pencils, anything/everything. The first yearly budget will be hard, but afterwards not so hard. If a function bust their budget during the year, the only way they can get additional funds is to get another function to move dollars or the school board reviews and votes to fund or not. This is the only way businesses fund themselves. You hold those in charge responsible and accountable for each and every dollar we the taxpayers provides to them.
Once the budget is approved the CFO creates a functional account, deposits the approved amount into that functions account. Then that manager is held accountable, with the CFO providing the board a status report, 25%, 50%, 75% and Red line status. If a manager over spends, fire them.
“Loosey-goosey spending”, “crisis funding”; why are we here? Who is watching the hen house, 12 wolves?
Integrity in Leadership
PS… Just received and read the Dec 29 Ranchland, more defining statements by the District’s board members, “the state’s exciting school funding is unfair”. Then another extreme statement from the Board President: “Hickenlooper administration’s recent actions “creative financing”. Let’s look back a few years, the state on Colorado has been discussing the reduction of educational funding and the need to review policies. Let’s also point out the state has been run by Democrats. I don’t remember a single board member out supporting a change in the states leadership. I wonder if and who they supported. Again Dr Cullen states, “Colorado school districts to serve “at risk” students and to serve “students of poverty” should be funded accordingly. Again I ask, what is the role of our school districts? Dr Cullen then points the underfunding finger at those of us, and there were many that voted no Amend 66 (66% to 33%). It is so surprising that individuals that are in charge of an organization that is poorly managed always points to the taxpayer to bail them out. Dr Cullen again states, “it was residents in affluent districts voted to defeat the measure.” I will soon know just how many El Paso county residents said NO, about the same 66%, I bet. Those that voted No maybe tired of funding poorly managed functions.
Look at the Dec 22, Ranchland article, Student Count down at Ellicott, 50% of the paragraphs talk about spending educational dollars, but we foresee a funding issue, seems to be a disconnect. Now the board is going to up the mil level, it is time for the citizens to stand up and demand accountability.
Another question I have, the district speaks of a vocation program, I fully support a rural district having a voc program, but why is so much attention placed on the welding program? Now discussion of increasing the welding facilities. Has anyone research the demands for welders in the Colorado area? Just a brief look finds very few positions. Now let’s look at auto repair, heating and cooling, construction, medical and transportation. The papers are full of positions. Welding is fun but I estimate 1 in 50 can find a job that can support a family. Is anyone looking at the value?
My final statement in this posting is that we are in changing times and we must change with the times or fail. If you were asked football or another teacher, a soccer field or a science lab, sidewalks or a math teacher, computers for everyone or a up-to-date computer lab. Folks we are going to have to make some hard decisions, members of this board has failed to and will fail to educate our children, but we will have lights on the football field for those two football games, great management.
Back in the saddle again.
Did you stay up until the great conclusion? I did; could not turn off the TV. If you did not, please find and listen to the President elects acceptance speech. Great. We now have the control of the House, Senate and the White House. It is the time in history for US, the people of America. Keep your signs out and the bumper stickers on, show you support and be proud of what the average person has done. We didn’t win all but there is always a next time. We must stay on the backs of those we elected, keep them heading in the right direction. To the common person, congratulations! I will soon publish email addresses for all so let them know what we expect-of-them.
Integrity in Leadership
Have you voted? I hope so but if you haven’t there is time. Drop off at the Ellicott School or take you ballot to town and find a voting poll. Here is the link to locating them (https://gop.com/). Here is our closest one:
Security Fire Dept
400 Security Blvd
Colorado Springs, CO 80911
7AM – 7PM
In a few more hours, we can remove the pins from our noses. But we must remember it is the future of our country. It sadden me that so many individuals seem to be so misinformed or decide based on such weak reasons. Each time I go to town and a is a car with HC sticker on their car, I try to speak to them. I ask them why have they decided on the Dem vote and I’m so surprised. “it is time for a woman, she cares for us, she is for our children, she will provide us more and better”, Not a single person and I have asked 38 individuals can give me a smart reason. Even when I ask them about all the false and failed efforts she has done, I ask them to give me anything she has done for this country. As of today these are the best: she has improved our health care, she wants to reduce our taxes and she understands us. Folks please vote!
Integrity in Leadership
Peg Littleton & the Chef
For brevity, We will be voting NO on each of the Amendments and Propositions. Nearly all would move Colorado towards a more socialized form of government and further limit the citizen’s liberties.
Trump/Pence — YES
Why I am voting for Trump/Pence:
- Allowed key organizations to fashion the most conservative Republican Platform ever.
- Not hostile to Religious freedom
- Strongly Pro-Life
- Committed to upholding strong immigration laws. See Ten-point plan here.
- Committed to using a group of committed religious leaders to provide advice on moral/ethical issues
- Committed to removing the “Johnson Amendment” which pastors have allowed themselves to muffle any “politically-related” speech
- Committed to appointing Supreme Court Justices that will uphold the Constitution
- Strong advocate for 2nd Amendment
- Committed to strengthening our National Defense
- Committed to reversing Obamacare and major healthcare reform
- Committed to School Choice
- Committed to “Extreme vetting” of new entrants to our country
- Will dramatically increase our armed forces
- Solid supporter of Israel
- Will “upset” the status quo
- Will place American First when dealing with other countries
- America’s Most Honorable Men Stand With Trump
Hillary has jeopardized our country by her lies and total disregard for National Security. There is too much at stake in this election that will affect the future of the U.S for good or bad. For those of you who consider yourselves Christians, there is NO reason for you to stay home. As a citizen, we must engage in our country’s selection of its leaders. There should be no alternative. Darryl Glenn for U.S. Congress Colorado State Senate and House seats voting for ALL Senate and House Republicans.
NO on Amendment T: No Exception to Involuntary Servitude Prohibition A proposed Amendment to the State Constitution Seems to be being driven by those wanting to eventually classify prison labor as “slave labor” in order for those in Dept. of Corrections to be paid higher wages for work done during incarceration or when performing community service. Has potential for increased state spending.
NO on Amendment U: Exempt Certain Possessory Interests from Property Taxes A proposed Amendment to the State Constitution This minor reform would cost government more to administer than taxpayers would save.
NO, NO, NO on AMENDMENT 69: State-wide Health-Care System A proposed an Amendment to the State Constitution MASSIVE new taxes will result if Amendment 69 is passed. There are numerous reasons why this should not pass. First, the ballot title calls it a $25 billion tax, for the first year alone. It is a 10% tax on ALL income, with few exceptions. Conservative estimates anticipate the cost to taxpayer to balloon by tens of billions of dollars in the first ten years, requiring higher taxes, higher co-pays and eventually rationing of care.
No on Amendment 70: State Minimum Wage A proposed Amendment to the State Constitution This measure proposes increasing the hourly wages to be increased from $9.30 per hour, at the rate of $0.90 per year until the year 2020, bringing the minimum wage up to $12 per hour. This will significantly hurt businesses who hire unskilled employees. Many of these businesses will take other measures, such as automating repetitive jobs in order to avoid higher wages. Fewer obs will mean more welfare costs. Mandating higher wages favors labor unions and higher-skilled workers at the expense of minorities and youth. These higher wages are simply passed on to the purchasers of goods and services including those workers themselves.
No on Amendment 71: Requirements for Constitutional Amendments A proposed Amendment to the State Constitution This Amendment is a TROJAN HORSE. For years, the Establishment has tried to come up with a way to remove Colorado’s TAXPAYER BILL OF RIGHTS, known as the TABOR Amendment. At first glance, for the uninformed, this Amendment seems justified in keeping changes to Colorado’s Constitution to a minimum, however, the amendment language has a clause that states that the new rules requiring a 55% majority “shall not apply to an initiated constitutional amendment that is limited to repealing, in whole or in part, any any provision of this Constitution.”Many believe that this small sentence will be the undoing of TABOR at some point. Click here to learn about TABOR.
No on Amendment 72: Increase Cigarette and Tobacco Taxes A proposed Amendment to the State Constitution Another Tax increase? Amendment 72 would add a a significant tax on a pack of twenty cigarettes Should not be an issue in the Constitution. This will increase government’s regulatory power and create a black market in cigarettes as it has for Marijuana.
NO on Proposition 106: Access to Medical Aid-in-Dying Medication A proposed Amendment tot the State Statutes Compassionate-sounding BUT would endanger elderly and disabled persons while subverting the medical profession from its high calling of saving lives, not ending them. Colorado has already addressed this issue in legislation several years ago by allowing physicians the latitude of prescribing enough pain medication to relieve pain and suffering for the terminally ill, except when its use becomes an intentional ending of life. This Amendment would legalize physician assisted suicide, but also does not have enough exemptions in place for rights of conscience when a physician or pharmacist cannot, due to deeply held beliefs, prescribe or fill a prescription for the lethal drug. Providers are given some opportunity to opt out, but are also forced to participate in part of the process (such as turning medical records over to another doctor to prescribe the drug.)
No on Proposition 107: Presidential Primary Elections A proposed Amendment to the State Statutes Proposition 107 diminishes the value of the caucus system, a goal by Progressives by adding a potentially contentious election right in the middle of the caucus and assembly season. It would also be a recipe for significant political mischief. Letting individuals from outside a political party help pick that party’s nominee is an a terrible idea.
Proposition 108: Unaffiliated Voter Participation in Primary Elections A proposed Amendment to the State Statutes. This is not necessary, and will cause unnecessary confusion. Unaffiliated voter can choose to affiliate on the same day as voting, and there is nothing to keep that voter from switching back to unaffiliated after casting the ballot.
JUDGES Your ballot includes judge retention votes.
Consider voting NO to: Colorado Court of Appeals Judge Michael H. Berger & Colorado Supreme Court Justice William Hood
In 2015, Judge Michael H. Berger two other judges of the Colorado Court of Appeals held that Jack Phillips of Masterpiece Cakeshop must create same-sex wedding cakes. Mr. Phillips, a Christian, disagrees with same-sex marriage. Mr. Phillips appealed this decision to the Colorado Supreme Court. In 2016, the Colorado Supreme Court declined to hear the appeal of Jack Phillips by a vote of 4-2 with one abstention. Justice William W. Hood voted to deny Mr. Phillips request for an appeal. The case is now on appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.
(I will likely vote NO on all except a YES on David Furman)
4th Judicial District Judges
NO on Grohs
NO on Wilson
Again, these are just my recommendations.
Be responsible for 10 others- make sure they VOTE!
Integrity in Leadership
Colorado common sense has always served our great state well, and a bipartisan lineup of Democrats and Republicans are standing on the side of common sense this fall and against the single-payer health care initiative known as Amendment 69.
Amendment 69 is a government-run health care plan that would double the state budget through a $25 billion tax increase and establish a massive new bureaucracy in Colorado. It would give us the highest income tax rate in the nation, and be run by a group of 21 politicians with little to no accountability.
Simply put, Colorado can’t afford Amendment 69.
As Co-Chairman of the No on 69 campaign along with former Democratic Governor Bill Ritter, I’ve been traveling across Colorado all summer educating Coloradans on the devastating impact Amendment 69 would have on our state.
Unfortunately, there are still those who would like to use Colorado as a guinea pig for unproven and dangerous policies like Amendment 69.
Look no further than Senator Bernie Sanders’ recent decision to endorse this economically catastrophic initiative that would harm our economy and threaten Coloradans health care freedom.
Senator Sanders should know better considering his home state of Vermont tried a single-payer system, which was quickly abandoned by their pro-single-payer Governor after it became clear it would bust the state budget and be too complicated for one state to administer.
When you receive your ballot this fall, remember that Colorado common sense has served our state well in the past and that Amendment 69 is about as far away from a common sense policy as possible.
We’ll need help from Coloradans of every political party to defeat Amendment 69 so please take a moment to visit www.ColoradansforColoradans.com for more information or to donate to this important effort.