Happy Memorial Day Fluff

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Registered: 03-27-2013
Happy Memorial Day Fluff
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Fri, 05-24-2013 - 11:45am

1. How's the weather going to be for your Memorial Day weekend?

2. What's for dinner?

3. Do you vote for your school budget? Edited to say, the one that the board of education decides and you go to the polls to vote yes or no each year. If not, why not?

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iVillage Member
Registered: 03-27-2013
Fri, 05-24-2013 - 1:27pm

Last week we marinaded them and put them on the BBQ. 

iVillage Member
Registered: 05-13-2009
Fri, 05-24-2013 - 1:31pm

1. How's the weather going to be for your Memorial Day weekend?

Looks like it's going to rain all weekend, but sun will be out on the holiday.

2. What's for dinner?

My husband and I are going out.

3.Do you vote for your school budget? Edited to say, the one that the board of education decides and you go to the polls to vote yes or no each year. If not, why not?

We have a yearly town mtg that requires a quorum of registered voters. The entire town budget was passed on a voice vote, no nays in less than 10 minutes. That is not the case every year. Sometimes it's line item vote and very contentious. If voice vote can't be determined, then we vote on paper - One year it took 6 mtgs to pass the budget, with over 50 votes.

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Registered: 02-24-2010
Fri, 05-24-2013 - 1:31pm

As for the cost of the elections, there is always a cost.  Our local elections are manned by volunteers, I don't think they pay anyone.  But there is the cost of printing up the ballots.  And if they are advertising to tell the public about when it is or what the issues are, that's a cost.  I think it's a minor amount, but it's still something.

“Clearly," said Arthur,"you're an idiot- but you're our kind of idiot. Come on.” 
― Markus ZusakThe Book Thief

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Registered: 02-24-2010
Fri, 05-24-2013 - 1:34pm

springfever2013 wrote:
<p><span style="font-size:13px">It didn't pass this year?  So now they school board has to look at it, cut a bunch of programs and hope that what they cut will make the public happy &amp; try again?  Like I said, that sounds messy and also time consuming.</span></p><p><span style="font-size:small"><strong><span style="font-size:x-small"><span>For the interest of the kids, we will all do anything that is needed. Trying not to cut programs and to go in different directions. </span></span></strong></span></p>

You are willing to "do anything" but apparently other voters are not (all those crochety people who have no children or have grown up children).  If the budget is voted down I assume they board has meetings to try to find out why people voted no and change things.  I doubt they voted no becaue the budget was too small--I would think that you would have to cut or reduce some programs to get a smaller budget and see if that combination makes the voters happy.  Like I said, it seems messy.  What if the voters are particularly crochety that year & vote no again, 3rd election, ugh!

“Clearly," said Arthur,"you're an idiot- but you're our kind of idiot. Come on.” 
― Markus ZusakThe Book Thief

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Registered: 02-24-2010
Fri, 05-24-2013 - 1:37pm

springfever2013 wrote:
<p>Last week we marinaded them and put them on the BBQ. </p>

Ok, would you say you make them breaded and/or chilcken parm most of the time?  There's nothing wrong with that, if you don't make a huge variety.  I'm just wondering.  I hardly ever make chicken parm.  I do make various recipes with breading the chicken (sometimes with some sauce but not with tomato sauce), but we don't call it chicken cutlets.  I think that's more regional.

“Clearly," said Arthur,"you're an idiot- but you're our kind of idiot. Come on.” 
― Markus ZusakThe Book Thief

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-27-2013
Fri, 05-24-2013 - 1:37pm

As for the cost of the elections, there is always a cost.  Our local elections are manned by volunteers, I don't think they pay anyone.  But there is the cost of printing up the ballots.  And if they are advertising to tell the public about when it is or what the issues are, that's a cost.  I think it's a minor amount, but it's still something.

Yeah, I understand that. I guess that is put in the budget from the year before so they can account if they have to do it more than once. I have actually heard that some districts have to vote 3 times. 

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-27-2013
Fri, 05-24-2013 - 1:41pm

You are willing to "do anything" but apparently other voters are not (all those crochety people who have no children or have grown up children).

You would be surprised that not all of them don't have children. They just see the taxes are going to go up and haven't researched and have gotten educated on why and what they can do. They will complain but never once go to a BOE meeting or anything else the community gets together to do the best for the kids.

 If the budget is voted down I assume they board has meetings to try to find out why people voted no and change things.  I doubt they voted no becaue the budget was too small--I would think that you would have to cut or reduce some programs to get a smaller budget and see if that combination makes the voters happy.  Like I said, it seems messy.  What if the voters are particularly crochety that year & vote no again, 3rd election, ugh!

No 3rd election with us. If it is no, we lose all the things that they have put out on the table to be cut. It will be devastating to our kids and community. Hopefully they will find a happy medium and that more voters will come out (pathetic outcome this week) and get educated on WHAT they are voting for.

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-27-2013
Fri, 05-24-2013 - 1:46pm

Ok, would you say you make them breaded and/or chilcken parm most of the time?  There's nothing wrong with that, if you don't make a huge variety.  I'm just wondering.  I hardly ever make chicken parm.  I do make various recipes with breading the chicken (sometimes with some sauce but not with tomato sauce), but we don't call it chicken cutlets.  I think that's more regional.

No, we make chicken all different ways but the kids love them breaded so it is one of our options. We rarely use sauce when making them. We usually make rice or noodle side and veggie. They also love Chicken Cordon Bleu so I make that every once in awhile.

iVillage Member
Registered: 02-24-2010
Fri, 05-24-2013 - 1:48pm

springfever2013 wrote:
<p><span style="font-size:13px">You are willing to "do anything" but apparently other voters are not (all those crochety people who have no children or have grown up children). </span></p><p><span style="font-size:small"><strong><span>You would be surprised that not all of them don't have children. They just see the taxes are going to go up and haven't researched and have gotten educated on why and what they can do. They will complain but never once go to a BOE meeting or anything else the community gets together to do the best for the kids.</span></strong></span></p><p><span style="font-size:13px"> If the budget is voted down I assume they board has meetings to try to find out why people voted no and change things.  I doubt they voted no becaue the budget was too small--I would think that you would have to cut or reduce some programs to get a smaller budget and see if that combination makes the voters happy.  Like I said, it seems messy.  What if the voters are particularly crochety that year &amp; vote no again, 3rd election, ugh!</span></p><p><span style="font-size:small"><strong><span>No 3rd election with us. If it is no, we lose all the things that they have put out on the table to be cut. It will be devastating to our kids and community. Hopefully they will find a happy medium and that more voters will come out (pathetic outcome this week) and get educated on WHAT they are voting for.</span></strong></span></p>

No, I wouldn't be surprised--I live in a pretty conservative state and a lot of people vote no on any bond because it would raise their taxes.  I'm the opposite.  I vote for everything--I like nice roads, to have working fire trucks & ambulences and to have schools that have roofs that are not leaking & about to fall on everyone's head.  The things I would not vote for, never come up for citizen votes.  

“Clearly," said Arthur,"you're an idiot- but you're our kind of idiot. Come on.” 
― Markus ZusakThe Book Thief

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-27-2013
Fri, 05-24-2013 - 1:50pm

No, I wouldn't be surprised--I live in a pretty conservative state and a lot of people vote no on any bond because it would raise their taxes.  I'm the opposite.  I vote for everything--I like nice roads, to have working fire trucks & ambulences and to have schools that have roofs that are not leaking & about to fall on everyone's head.  The things I would not vote for, never come up for citizen votes.  

I think $10/more a week is WORTH it for the education of our children. Many don't :(

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