Sounds great! Who's buying?
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So El Paso finally decided to bet on sports, like so many aspirational cities around the country. Citizens coughed up $62 million — so far — and contractors began erecting a new baseball stadium. As ordered by city leaders and league officials, they placed the stadium downtown, where space was limited. To make room, they first needed to remove one little obstacle.
“The symbolism!” Rickey repeats. “A community willing to blow up their city hall! Oh, god. In order to bring minor league baseball to town! You can’t make that up. ‘We blew up our city hall for minor league baseball!’”
For those wanting to support a rancher fighting opporessive forces for his property rights (on land he actually owns, unlike Cliven Bundy), please support Randy Thompson of Nebraska. He is fighting to stop TransCanada from taking his ranch to build the Keystone XL pipeline.
He is fighting (and unlike Cliven Bundy) winning in the courts.
I am sure he will be featured on lots of conservative shows highlighting his fight to stop the pipeline....
Btw, you also hate the government "picking winners and losers." Well now all the ranchers who obey the law and pay grazing fees are the losers. Is that really a just result?
Looks like almost no one is opposed to this.
Furthermore, the public is misinformed about the expense of this land use. Every public lands livestock permittee is banking on federally-funded range infrastructure like solar wells and fences and benefitting from federally-funded wildlife killing that targets native predators like wolves and coyotes for the sake of livestock safety. Many permittees benefit from drought payments and disaster payments, seek handouts for "restoration projects" that are really just reseeding the forage species their cows stripped in the first place.
But he is wearing a cowboy hat, so I guess it's all good ...
He wants to have his cattle graze on land he never owned and have me pay for it.
How are you "paying" when cattle graze on a patch of nothing 2,000 miles away? What does it cost you?
The federal government should not be in the cattle business. There's a real simple solution that should have been offered years ago: sell the guy the land.
Anyone who uses the word 'socialism' is labeled a nut. But what else do you call it when the government owns 80% of the land?
Thank you though, for focusing on the merits of the case at hand and not racial conspiracy theories.
The same way you pay for a food stamp or public housing user in Las Vegas. How is someone refusing to pay their rent or leave in public housing for a crappy apartment 2000 miles away costing you money? When it costs the federal government money, as conservatives like to remind us, it costs taxpayers money.
And to be clear, it is not just that BLM has told him to get off federal lands, it is that he has refused to pay grazing fees. Other ranchers pay grazing fees. Why should he be special?
And your alternative? A Kelo situation really. Someone refuses to sell to him, so he just takes it for 20 years without paying a dime? That is not how transactions work.
He wants to have his cattle graze on land he never owned and have me pay for it.
What I find most interesting is that the reputations of the counties are so inaccurate, according to these measures.
When we look at the DC suburbs, it's said how awful Prince George's County is, but how great Montgomery County is. People have been using that for decades to move out of the county, to avoid doing business there, and the county has suffered for it.
Yet looking at these numbers, Montgomery County isn't represented at all outside of Takoma Park (and they fought to leave Prince George's County because of that reputation). And Prince George's County is represented more than any other county on here.
Glenarden, Bowie, New Carrollton, District Heights, Cheverly, Riverdale Park, Laurel (mostly), Greenbelt, Mount Rainier, Hyattsville and Bladensburg are all in PG County.
While an issue beyond our local scope, it does suggest the reputation of Prince George's County may have less to do with actual crime and more to do with the demographics of the people who predominantly live there, and unfair stereotypes of minorities.
If this type of armed aggressive stand would have taken place in a place like South Central LA, I think the outcome would have been different. That is just speculation.
Ask the folks at Waco or Ruby Ridge how far their "white privilege" got them.
What in the world does race have to do with federal land management, anyway? I know we've tried our damndest to stigmatize disagreement with a black president as racist... Does sympathizing with a white rancher make you racist now, too?
This sort of crap is the reason why the cry "RACIST!" has become a punchline.
But if someone in urban federally-owned public housing was evicted, refused to leave or pay for 10 years, and got a bunch of his friends to bring guns to help him defend where he was squatting, something tells me that the conservative media would look at that entirely differently.
I think a small baseball stadium and a healthy minor league tenant sounds wonderful for Cumberland.
But, I also think Marc is correct, that this idea is further down the road than the official description of the work concedes. There is some type of support already committed at the staff level, since the scope of work is being presented as a staff recommendation.
"Ballooning teachers salaries"?? Really? I guess I'd better go home and recheck my Allegany County Teachers Federal Credit Union account.....I must be rich! I'm going to go quit the second job I have that supplements my salary!! Yay!! Thanks for letting me know!
BoE Salaries and Wages, FY06: $53,673,844
BoE Salaries and Wages, FY14: $64,886,100
Interesting choice of years Marc. A person can cherry pick numbers and stats to tell any story he/she would like...just watch the news once. Try FY10 and FY14 for comparison:
BoE Salaries and Wages, FY10: $68,880,717 (total) $43,161,565 (Instructional)
BoE Salaries and Wages, FY14: $64,886,100 (total) $40,159,452 (Instructional)
Mayor and Council:
Hello! I have some questions that I am hoping you can answer.
The county commissioners have listed the following agenda item for their work session tomorrow:
Cumberland Baseball Committee Initiative – David Caporale, City Councilman, Shawn Hershberger, Economic Development Coordinator and Jeffrey S. Barclay, Economic Development Specialist.
My questions are:
- Why are Mr. Caporale and Mr. Hershberger attending tomorrow's work session?
- What is the extent of the city's involvement in the minor league baseball proposal? When did the involvement begin?
- When was the decision made to involve the city?
- Was this decision discussed or voted upon?
- Has the city entered into any contracts, agreements, or MOUs concerning this proposal? Is the city currently engaged in negotiating any of the above?
I won't restate my entire case for staying out of the baseball business, but I think we can agree that there is the potential for large taxpayer expenditures here. It is very important that the citizens of Cumberland be involved at every step of the city's decision-making process and that no deals be made without our knowledge and consent.
Thank you for your time, and I look forward to an informed dialogue on this issue.
I have been asked to respond to your message sent to the Mayor and City Council relative to the County Baseball Study. I am aware of the issue and they thought I could be helpful in answering your questions.
First, I do not know if Councilman Caporale or Mr. Hershberger will be attending the work session tomorrow. While I do not speak for Councilman Caporale, I will say that I am not aware that he plans to attend. I believe that Mr. Hershberger may be planning to attend….though I am not certain of that. I can also say that the reason Mr. Hershberger may attend is because he has been asked to attend by the County.
Second, Mr. Hershberger has attended some meetings that have been held to discuss the matter. There is a citizens group that has been exploring the idea for quite some time and Mr. Hershberger has been invited to attend some of those meetings. It is my understanding that the citizens group have been meeting off and on for quite a while but I am not certain how many meetings that Mr. Hershberger has attended. Additionally, I participated in a brief discussion on the matter last month. That discussion took place between County and City staff as part of an overall discussion on a number of other subjects.
Third, I am not sure I would refer to the City as even being involved. The Mayor, City Council and City Staff are frequently called upon to participate in meetings, discussions and other matters so attendance at such meetings would be considered a routine activity. In fact, I do not believe the so called “Committee” has even met on the subject…at least not that I am aware of.
Fourth, the matter has not been voted on by the Mayor and City Council and they have not formally discussed the matter.
Fifth, the City has not entered into any contracts, agreements or MOU’s relative to the study and the City is not engaged in negotiating anything relative to the study.
Lastly, I will simply say that the Mayor and City Council conduct their business in public.
In summary, while I have no knowledge of your “case for staying out of the baseball business”, I would say that this issue has been around for many years and has a number of supporters. Further, the particular study being discussed only involves determining whether any specific teams or leagues would have an interest in expanding to Allegany County. In that regard, the City generally supports the County’s effort at this time.
Please let me know if you have any further questions on the matter.