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Gladstone opts out of energy aid program

State act would raise bills $1

July 23, 2013

GLADSTONE — The Gladstone City Commission opted out of participating in a new state program aimed to fund energy assistance for low-income residents, and discussed the future of the city following......

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Cheesehead

Jul-23-13 10:43 AM

Maybe the rich,

their businesses and corporations

could contribute directly to the ‘poor’ and their needs?

After all, there are IRS loopholes for charitable contributions already in place in the 80,000 pages of IRS tax code breaks and loopholes.

On the other hand,

a sad day has arrived when public offices go ‘begging’ for candidates to fill the position.

This only leads to fuel the potential that these positions will be ‘filled’ by those with overly biased and predisposed political bents?

Just saying…

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Cheesehead

Jul-23-13 10:46 AM

What about the religious community stepping up to the plate and helping local poor.

The pulpits are always

breathing ‘brotherhood’ from their nostrils of ‘guided’ authority.

They are always, ready, willing, and able to collect and send money to support interests outside our community in the form of ‘expected contributions’ from the churches’ head office.

Strangely,

they all seem to remain silent,

except when political issues arise where many wish to involve themselves in our daily lives, outside of their realm of tax-exempt church influence.

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Cheesehead

Jul-23-13 10:47 AM

On the surface, talk about a convoluted system of money handling, money laundering scheme.

Take money, from those already hampered with making energy and tax payments,

push, pull, and stretch it through a maze of government offices like fishing for it through a block of swiss cheese,

and then send it back to those possibly in need….

Maybe nothing of substance will ever make it back to our area, just like the national cancer societies ‘programs’?

Sounds like the proverbial ‘shell’ game, where is the pea, where is the money?

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Yooper342

Jul-23-13 11:42 AM

"Maybe the rich, their businesses and corporations could contribute directly to the ‘poor’ and their needs?" Yeah..It is called get a JOB and work your way up. Stop making babies with 4 different people and get a JOB! Stop sitting on your rear end and get a JOB! It is called working. Something this country has lost focus on. To bad if you don't work you don't eat. Quit blaming others and get two JOBS.

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Vauche

Jul-23-13 12:48 PM

Dang cheese you are dense!

Many business owners do give to charities. Possible not in the companies name though. I can think of a couple of hugh donors to the local community who happen to fall into the rich business catagory.

Secondly, religious organizations do raise a lot of money and provide a lot of assistance to the needy. Their coffers are only reduced by the declining income and numbers of their perishoners. Speaking out with a political agenda will only cause them to loose their tax-exempt status.

I will agree with your third post though. Why send the money to Lansing just so a percentage can be skimmed by each governmental agency that touches it. That makes no sense.

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Whizzywhig

Jul-28-13 6:28 PM

Vauchee and BRaveRock,

tell everyone,

just one more time, please,

how the rich and their businesses don'T

"GAME-THE-SYSTEM",

and cause wage-earners to

"PICK-UP-THE-TAB"

by paying taxes they WILL NOT EVER

WILLINGLY

PAY!

Speak to this issue please,

and show EVERYONE how the light has streamed (NOT) out of your pie-hole(s).

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Whizzywhig

Jul-28-13 6:31 PM

July 28, 2013 CNN

NEW YORK (CNNMoney)

Detroit's financial crisis hasn't derailed the city's plans to spend more than

$400 MILLION DOLLARS

of

MICHIGAN TAXPAYER FUNDS

FOR

a new HOOKEY-HOCKEY for the

DETROIT RED WINGS

- NO LESS !

Advocates of the arena say it's the kind of economic development needed to attract both people and private investment dollars into downtown Detroit.

It's an argument that has convinced Michigan

REPUBLICAN Gov. RICK SNIDER and Kevyn Orr, his duly appointed minion...

to oversee the city's finances,

to stick with the plan.

(READ:

"STICK IT TO THE TAXPAYERS & PUBLIC SERVICE PENSIONERS)

Orr said Detroit’s bankruptcy filing won't halt the arena plans.

Stupid is as stupid does:

republican rick snider and his fellow REPUBLICAN brownies in the legislature.

GO FIGURE - vote republican NOT

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Whizzywhig

Jul-28-13 6:35 PM

Let Us ALL,

give another round of APPLAUSE

for the rich and their corporations . . .

ONCE MORE - AIDED by republican rick snider and his republican minions in the legistlature ...

are "GAMING-THE-SYSTEM"

Wauche, BraveRocks,

Here’s another,

in a long-run of “put-up’s”,

where you no doubt

will fail “to see” the relationship and connect the dot’s:

As in how the rich and their corporations “game-the-system”

because they’ve stacked-the-deck in their favor.

Hopefully,

you won’t respond again,

and once more,

show the depth and breadth of your ignorance.

Stupid is as stupid does:

Republican governor snyder and the republican legislature

and of course there’s the people who want us to help Detroit pay for their heat bills WHILE THEY BUILD ANOTHER BUSINESS FACILITY FOR THE RICH AND THEIR CORPORATIONS

WITH PUBLIC MONEY

EVEN THOUGH THEY WON'T PAY THEIR LAWFULL BILLS?

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Whizzywhig

Jul-28-13 6:40 PM

Of Course,

gov snider and orr are all for such a bankruptcy plan....

after all ....

bankruptcy is a legislative law giving businesses and the rich,

to stick it to their creditors...

What republican wouldn't like a plan like this .... ?

EXCEPT !

Republicans passed laws protecting businessmen from

BANKRUPTCY PROCEEDINGS,

EXCEPT FOR STUDENTS !

They are exempt FOREVER,

from declaring bankruptcy, while every other schemer and fraudster get's to stick it to THEIR CREDITORS!

(APPLAUD NOW FOR REPUBLICANS AND THEIR BANKRUPTCY LAWS)

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Cheesehead

Aug-25-13 3:39 AM

"Working"?

the rich and the republicans, have ALL IN A CONCERTED effort, successfully turned back the 'hands of time'.

They're responsible for making it impossible for one person to support his family with ONE job, that is unless you are a businessman who has access to many pages of IRS tax write-offs, deductions, and depreciation (really deprevation charts).

Now days, it takes two people working and two or more jobs, a piece, to make ends meet, most with no paid vactions, sick leave, or paid holidays, certainly none with pensions, or the ability to finance healthcare, or your children's education.

Thank our rich, their businesses and their corporations and the people they spent money for on their election campaigns.

Businesses, corporations and the rich, rathered that they spend THEIR tax-dodging dollars on foreign workers in sweat-shops at .25 cents to .50 cents and hour.

Such morality in these 'business decisions', must not go without their reward.

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