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EnoughAllready

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The sooner the people in this city realize this man did whatever he pleased, whenever he wanted, the better we will all be.

Of course there are those who will not care what this mayor has done as he always shows up to events with a smile on his face......... and at the end of the day, isn't that what matters. Charm over substance I always say.
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theskeptic

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Crouse's recent exercise in self-extolment in the Gazette is so blatantly bizarre that even his fiercest opponents are moved to consider sending him Hallmark's most poignant sympathy card. After all, his attempt to construct his own legacy through selective editing is a brazen example of creative writing evolving into the fantasmagorical. It raises concerns as to whether Nolan has not merely lost touch with reality, it raises the haunting specter that he has severed all contact with rational human experience.

Exactly who, I ask, proceeds to attempt to write their own political legacy?

Even Pierre Elliott Trudeau, who was never noted for his modesty,left the determination of his legacy to others. However, Nolan the Sun King is not only attempting to fashion his own legacy he thinks that we want to be treated to his self serving laudations in a series of letters to the Gazette.

Good Grief, Charlie Brown!!!

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EnoughAllready

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I was actually wondering after reading the first letter, (that seemed to go on longer than most short stories) what more this man could possibly say?

This was the first in multiple letters to the editor?

Hopefully the last letter will be a letter of apology.
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warmodel

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EnoughAlready:  Re CROUSE'S last letter.  I hope it is his resignation letter and is written "the sooner, the better"...........................

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Was the city of St. Albert a tax and spend ball of chaos while under the direction of a certain leader?  Yes.

per capita spending Alberta.png 

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LowerTaxes

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Looks like our per capita spending is provincial average.  Is that a bad thing? Maybe before 2004 we were not maintaining our current service levels?

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theskeptic

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Lower Taxes  When you rank 17th out of 18 in population growth and 6th. worst out of 18 in increases in per capita spending ... what does that tell you?
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LowerTaxes

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16 / 18 for population growth. It tells me nothing - just like this graph does.  Did any of these municipalities add $45 Million dollar recreation facilities?  What were service level changes in all municipalities?  Were we understaffed and under funded prior to 2004?

Point is, this chart is relatively meaning less aside from the fact that St. Albert is apparently middle of the road for per capita operational spending.  I ain't no friggen Crouse fan, but this is not an indictment of his time as mayor.
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EnoughAllready

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Don't need a chart to realize all the wasted spending in this town and that is an incitement on his time as mayor!
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LowerTaxes - if you count the white elephant recreational fiasco it is certainly an indictment.
The city in-effectively spent $45million to compete with several private sector providers.
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theskeptic

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LowerTaxes:  If the graph tells you nothing.... then I suppose the appropriate course of action is to say nothing.

Secondly, if you want to suggest the service levels were lower prior to 2004 ... then I suppose the appropriate course of action is to provide some data and/or evidence to substantiate that supposition. Otherwise it is equally valid to postulate that service levels were higher prior to 2004 and our dear Mayor has let them decline under his reign as the Sun King.... or alternatively that they have remained the same throughout but the cost have increased during his reign.

Despite protests to the contrary, the Chart raises the question ... why is it that we have the 6th highest change in real operating expenses per capita while we are second last in population growth?

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OMG

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Statements like .......People in St Albert like higher taxes ......is very telling. Shows where the mayor is relative to spending.
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allabout

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Just checking out The St. Albert Community Page. . Noticed that any unflattering comments about the Mayor are being deleted. Whereas Mayor Crouse is personally answering each favourable comment! What is going on? It's amazing what Mayour Crouse will do when the ship is sinking.
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St Albert Community page is a big cheerleader for Crouse and Heron. Heron's very good friend runs that site. Don't expect any cooperation from them. For a Facebook page with the name St Albert Community, it is sure biased. It does not represent all St Albert...only those with the same views as them.
They ban people without any reason....probably because they don't like them.
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Originally Posted by theskeptic

It's always interesting to read Crouse's public statements to determine as to whether there is any semblence of logic emanating from the man's mind whatsoever. In his latest press release in the Gazette, He says:

1. He is not being driven out of office;
2. He wants to complete a land deal for the park and ride, develop a land strategy for an arena, library, and fire hall, and get a boundary adjustment with Sturgeon County
3. In order to best acheive the foregoing objectives, he is announces now that he is not going to run again and makes himself a lame duck for the next 10 months.

I assume he thinks that the general public is so stupid that they can't construct the more likely scenerio which is this: since he has no viable defence to the pecuniary interest charges and since the Municipal Inspection is occuring because Municipal Affairs Minister has some stong concerns about corruption or gross incompetence, his best strategy is to announce his retirement and get out.

By announcing his retirement now rather than a few weeks before the election when such announcements normally occur, he can pretend it has nothing to do with his problems and plead for leniency from the Courts and the Municipal Inspectors.

 



Boy, El Kabong and Mandel really DO have a lot in common!

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LowerTaxes

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LowerTaxes:  If the graph tells you nothing.... then I suppose the appropriate course of action is to say nothing.

Secondly, if you want to suggest the service levels were lower prior to 2004 ... then I suppose the appropriate course of action is to provide some data and/or evidence to substantiate that supposition. Otherwise it is equally valid to postulate that service levels were higher prior to 2004 and our dear Mayor has let them decline under his reign as the Sun King.... or alternatively that they have remained the same throughout but the cost have increased during his reign.

Despite protests to the contrary, the Chart raises the question ... why is it that we have the 6th highest change in real operating expenses per capita while we are second last in population growth?



Why aren't you a charming ?man?  

If you take the time to comprehend what I wrote, you would notice that I posed questions that would make the chart more relevant.  

If you want to base opinion on an un-referenced chart that is flawed to the hills, be my guest. Correlation is not causation (As much fun as that is sometimes)  
 
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EnoughAllready

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Wait until the election when Heron has endless campaign advertising on that "community" facebook page.
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Since2000

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Service levels were better in 2004 then now.  City still hasn't cleared the snow on the sidewalks in front of the park.  So do I call the bylaw officer and report the city for not shovel ling?

My comment on Crouse leaving was removed by John Carle, Realtor - on the Community of St. Albert facebook site.  I simply said "good riddance, leaving under investigation and lawsuit"   Carle and the other one are fraudulent.
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Maybe Carle should step away from the Community Facebook as he has a very big conflict of interest regarding Heron. This Facebook page should not be the cheerleader for Heron's political aspirations.
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He was her Realtor when she recently moved.   Does that site fall under any election rules regarding promotion of one candidate?
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OMG

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Yup. He is also her very, very, very good friend.
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theskeptic

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LowerTaxes:
If you take the time to comprehend what I wrote, you would notice that I never suggested that the graph was definitive I merely said" the Chart raises the question ... why is it that we have the 6th highest change in real operating expenses per capita while we are second last in population growth?"

Since the graph shows Medicine Hat with a population similar to St. Albert and experienced 3% more population growth than St. Albert .... why is it ranked #1 while St. Albert is ranked way down at #14 on this Chart?

It raises questions as to our fiscal managment in this city. Having raised that question it seems difficult to disparage the original poster's graph by saying 'It tells me nothing - just like this graph does. "

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LowerTaxes

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The graph is without context.  If you want to pretend meaning, that is your prerogative.  Personally, I would rather take a shot at Crouse with hard data.  
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theskeptic

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The graph is without context.  If you want to pretend meaning, that is your prerogative.  Personally, I would rather take a shot at Crouse with hard data.  


We look forward to your thesis.
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allabout

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Is that legal to use in this way when it's titled "The Community of St. Albert" claiming it's a community page by citizens .... for sharing. At least it should identified who they are referring and what is allowed! Very misleading.
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