THANKS FOR YOUR READERSHIP.
JOE AND KARIN GRIFFIN
THANKS FOR YOUR READERSHIP.
JOE AND KARIN GRIFFIN
On a personal note, I found it interesting that the Mail was sent Certified. A check we made was never returned but rather, we were told it was sent to us with no copy of a letter for proof nor was a check sent certified since you did not wish to return it to us in person. By the Way, Certified Mail, Receipt…. should be two spaces under the date of the letter and underscored. Obviously that is something new to our Town Manager MPA.
Mark Herron’s involvement in manipulating elections goes back to the year 2000 when he sought to disqualify many overseas ballots while working for Al Gore’s campaign as reported by the New York Times. “While Mark Herron’s efforts in the 2000 presidential election failed to help the Gore campaign, electioneering is only one of the many ways in which he has legally gamed the system in order to expand his own powerful empire, and increase his personal wealth.”
Karin for the blog
THE STRIDE TOWARDS FREEDOM
A greater nation… A finer world.
The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial honors a man of conscience; the freedom movement of which he was a beacon; and his message of freedom, equality, justice and love. It is the first on the National Mall devoted, not to a United States President or war hero, but a citizen activist for civil rights and peace. Dr. King, an African-American, brings “the image of America… the melting pot of the world” to the National Mall, but his message was universal. His non-violent philosophy pushed insistently towards the goal of the American Experiment – universal freedom and equality. His principled rhetoric illuminated the Nation’s journey. With his life under constant threat, his last public talk left us this inspiration: “I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the promised land.” ………..(read the entire article)
Read some history in Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_the_United_States_Republican_Party
Founded in 1866, the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) extended into almost every southern state by 1870 and became a vehicle for white southern resistance to the Republican Party’s Reconstruction-era policies aimed at establishing political and economic equality for blacks. Its members waged an underground campaign of intimidation and violence directed at white and black Republican leaders. Though Congress passed legislation designed to curb Klan terrorism, the organization saw its primary goal–the reestablishment of white supremacy–fulfilled through Democratic victories in state legislatures across the South in the 1870s. After a period of decline, white Protestant nativist groups revived the Klan in the early 20th century, burning crosses and staging rallies, parades and marches denouncing immigrants, Catholics, Jews, blacks and organized labor. The civil rights movement of the 1960s also saw a surge of Ku Klux Klan activity, including bombings of black schools and churches and violence against black and white activists in the South.
Karin for the blog
First of all, the Council prior to this time allowed Helen Miller to handle numerous activities and she never had to answer to a Town Manager. Bill Lawrence’s complaint came after the fact and there was no complaint until Mr. Lawrence had accepted another job. But even then, the Town Manager is supposed to answer to the Town Council; not the Town Council answering to a non-elected appointed by the council Town Manager.
Let’s face it; Helen Miller brought up what she was doing at Council Meetings, whether the I-75 corridor or other activities. Each time she was given the blessing of the Council without having to sign paperwork or be micromanaged by a Town Manager. That is a precedent and one the Council nor the Town Manager may not bring up, except for the current allegations. Since when does a subordinate have the right to question a council member and to bring up past allegations which are no more than hearsay since Dr. Miller brought up what she was doing at council meetings?…of course there may be no record, since parts of the recordings are deleted or omitted online.
Yet relating to the council never having told Helen Miller that she was not to spend money without permission of other council members…she shouldn’t have to get permission from the Town manager alone. She technically is Stacy Tebo’s boss and Tebo does not have the right to micromanage her. If events were to be discontinued, this should have been brought up at council meetings and she would never have spent the money. Yet if an event that is important to the Town transpires each year, someone must handle the event or the Council, not the Town Manager must advise and vote within a meeting to not conduct the activity in question any longer. If Helen Miller had not stepped forward to programs such as the Beautiful Dreamer Award or the HOPE program, the rest of the Town Officials and Town Manager would not have lifted a finger to continue these programs.
Shame on you all since former Mayor McKire received the beautiful dreamer award this year. I am certain he did not feel good about the fact that Dr. Miller is in trouble as a result.
What is really sad to me is that no Good Deed Goes Unpunished and that also applies to Helen Miller. She and Ed have donated to several causes and although we have not always agreed, Dr. Miller cares about the children in White Springs. Nicole Williams brought the subject up to various friends on facebook and what surprised me is that no one seemed to care what would happen to Dr.Miller. Furthermore they didn’t seem to care who ran the council or what the council was doing. They love Willie because he drinks and carouses with the young people of the Town and it doesn’t matter how ignorant he really is and that he doesn’t care for anyone but himself and his own.
I don’t understand any of this because obviously Helen Miller did some very special things for your children and you won’t even support her and you don’t care if all the programs are dropped by the current Mayor, and two councilors. Stacy Tebo, our Town manager, certainly doesn’t care and certainly will not lift a finger to assist. Furthermore, forget Movie Night and popcorn at the Community Center; that is a program which will surely drop since Anita River’s firing.
Karin for the blog
P.S. Although we have made complaints on line about certain things the Councilors have done, remember our blog serves only certain people. It is not as far reaching as the Jasper News. When we were in the paper, friends in Live Oak mentioned they read the allegations. So what you have done to Helen Miller by publicizing complaints she has not yet had a chance to explain is definitely hurting her reputation even though there has been a precedent to handle certain activities. I did not know we follow English Law in White Springs. Helen Miller, like we were once, is considered Guilty before proven or given the opportunity to prove she is innocent.
The Town of White Springs has been fortunate to have received so many applicants for the Town Administrative Assistant position. With Hamilton County being the poorest county in Florida with very little opportunity for economic development, much less jobs, it appears that if one wished to reside in White Springs, a job such as Town Admin may be the only acceptable one. It does however surprise me especially with younger people who could reap the benefits of their education and abilities in larger more economic areas, that they are not willing to leave the area.
I noticed some of the applicants either were attending school to complete accounting or had earned a certificate. This is the position we need to hire for. For years Pam Tomlinson has handled the books and for years our former CPA firm covered up her many errors. We are certain that General funds were commingled with grant funds and there has been no proficiency through the years, much less there appears to be a lack of accounting education on Pam Tomlinson’s part.
I do believe that if money was misspent it falls on Pam Tomlinson’s shoulders, not any one of the Council Members such as Helen Miller.
It appears Mayor Rhett Bullard prefers to surround himself with people who are less intellectual or ignorant and Pam fits the bill. Yet, the Town seems to also like those who will bend the law explaining White Springs is just a small Town and that is where Stacy the MPA fits in. One similarity between Stacy and Pam, however, is how slowly they plod away at their work while micromanaging others. It’s a wonder anything ever gets done at Taxpayers’ expense. But then it looks like Mayor Bullard and his two councilors Jefferson and Brown will make certain that no intelligent person remain on the council. First they will try to force out former Mayor Miller then next it will be former Vice Mayor McKenzie.
I am so sorry that Rhett as an attorney is so insecure. We already know that Ms. Tebo is not only insecure without Rhett’s backing but believes only her ideas are the best. If anyone dares to call her out, she becomes emotionally distressed. Yet calling out others and damaging their reputations she is good at as can be seen currently in what she is doing to Mayor Miller.
Karin for the blog
In my opinion it would be difficult to replace Anita Rivers who was extremely proficient at her job as admin…especially at such a low hourly wage of $10.00. Fortunately the Town of White Springs was able to hire an experienced person who retired as the Deputy Clerk – Criminal for the Clerk of Courts in 2015.
We are pleased to announce that Janie Evon Bryant of White Springs has been hired as the new Admin. She has worked for Hamilton County Clerk of Courts in the criminal division for 19 years with not only a large background in criminal cases but with excellent computer skills.
Prior to her position at the Clerk of Courts Ms. Bryant was an administrative assistant for Occidental Chemical Company (now PCS) and An administrative Secretry, Clerk-Typist and Sr. Word Process Operator for Stephen Foster Center in White Springs.
With her familiarity with the citizens of White Springs and the Surrounding areas and her strong background with an AA degree, Ms. Janie Evon Bryant “Yvonne” should make an excellent addition to the Town of White Springs office.
I pray she will be treated well by the Town Manager and Finance/Accounting clerk unlike what was done with Ms. Rivers..
Karin for the blog
Let’s say you are the victim of bad management by the town or town manager. Let’s say that you want to raise a legitimate question about town policy and how it is affecting you. Let’s say that your neighbor is being treated better than you are by the town administration.
What can you do?
The answer is simple. You can’t do a thing. Nada, Zilch. Not only that, but your complaints about the situation make, you an enemy of the town and the Council and the management. Negative comments are not allowed in White Springs.
Not only that but if you question the town about a Florida or Federal Law that you feel the Council breaks with impunity you’re are out of luck. The Council doesn’t care if they break a State or Federal Law, they really don’t.
And who is responsible for this situation? Why the answer is you are. Little Bitty old you are for having elected Willie in the first place. Willie has voted with Rhett, voting as Rhett would have him vote, every time. That’s over a thousand votes that Willie has answered to Rhett, “I don’t know if you are right but since I lack the ability to think for myself I’ll trust you.”
Not once, not twice not on the big issues and not on the minor issues but on all issues. Willie is an Uncle Tom to Rhett’s master of the Plantation.
What’s the matter? Can’t Willie think for himself? No he cannot. He looks over to Rhett when a vote is to be taken. If Rhett pulls on his ear Willie votes yes. If Rhett touches his nose Willie votes no. This folks is true democracy in action.
And Tonja is not as smart as Willie, how that is possible I’m unclear about it but Tonja votes as Willie votes, in all cases and at all times. Over a thousand votes. The three of them vote in lockstep no matter what the issue is on how good or bad it is for the town. If Rhett wants it the nose gets touched. If Rhett is opposed the ear gets pulled.
It matters not what law is broken, It matters not what Constitutional provision is ignored. Rhett has a monopoly of ONE because Willie and his side kick Tonja can’t think for themselves. How dumb can two council members be? Pretty damn dumb is the answer. And Rhett rides that horse at all times and for all reasons.
Let’s take an example that has nothing to do with me. At the recent May Day celebration some people were unhappy with the support the May Day committee got from the town.
Time to vote. Rhett’s ear got pulled and Willie voted to not hear the complaint regardless of whether it was signed by 1 person or a 100. Lots of reasons were offered but the vote taken was the end of May Day celebrations in the town. We’ll never attract a crowd the size that we’ve had in past years. Willie and Tonja (waiting to see how Willie votes) are the reason. Two Black Council members are working against the Black Community. And we vote them in every time.
Shame on us. OH YES, IF YOU DON’T BELIEVE COME TO A COUNCIL MEETING AND SEE FOR YOURSELF. ALSO WHEN RHETT TURNS BEET RED IN THE FACE YOU KNOW THAT HE IS LYING. IT IS AS SIMPLE AS THAT. Ear pull or nose touch and then Beet Red as he tells a lie to support his position.
Some in the African-American community have contacted me regarding Helen Miller due to the first article in the Jasper news and I have stressed to each that this is a railroad job by Mayor Rhett Bullard , Vice Mayor Tonja Brown and Councilman Willie Jefferson. I have asked for their support of Miller and I hope that they will not be fearful to do so.
Beside the front page allegations of the June 13th meeting in the Jasper News regarding Councilwoman Helen Miller, I would ask that you also read an article “Letter to the Editor – White Springs Council’s actions are embarrassing”. It is located on the bottom right of Page 4A and written by Madeline Moore of White Springs.
It is obvious by all those attending the meeting that Mayor Bullard controls the Council Vote…meaning in whatever manner Bullard Votes, Vice Mayor Tonja Brown and Councilman Willie Jefferson will vote with him. This does not give Councilman/Former Vice Mayor Walter McKenzie nor Helen Miller an opportunity. Even if Helen Miller brought forth all information to prove she was innocent of these allegations to railroad her, she will not stand a chance because of the three voting against her no matter what is said.
Our Town is going downhill and that is the reason I made my plea for one vote only and that was for Tom Moore. If people would have realized what we have known for some time, they would not have voted for Rhett or Tonja and possibly there would be fairness among the council. As Madeline More Stated, the council’s actions are embarrassing.
I believe everyone has seen what Joe and I have been complaining about and this one of three votes situation must stop.
Godspeed Helen Miller
Karin for the blog
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Why Your Kids Hate Capitalism
Chief Investment Strategist, The Oxford Club
Alex is the Chief Investment Strategist of The Oxford Club and Investment U, and Editor of The Momentum Alert, The Insider Alert and The True Value Alert. Alex is also the author of four national best-sellers.
Equity investors rarely stop to think about it, but the stock market is the essence of capitalism: the private ownership of the means of production.
With very little money and a quick phone call – or a click of the mouse – you can own a fractional interest in any of thousands of the nation’s most profitable businesses.
The system is fair too.
You will pay (and receive) no more or less for your shares than the wealthy do. And thanks to technology and market liquidity, commissions and spreads are now negligible.
If you own Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT), for instance, your investment returns in the years ahead will be identical to those of the world’s richest man, Bill Gates.
(Sure, he may own a few more shares than you do. But your percentage returns will be the same.)
Given the many benefits of capitalism, I was surprised when a survey by the Institute of Politics at Harvard showed that the majority of Americans between 18 and 29 do not support the free-market system that underpins our economy.
A full one-third said they preferred socialism. The question, of course, is “why?”
I began polling friends and colleagues to get their views.
Some insisted that too many young people have not been raised to be responsible, productive adults. They were on the dole from the day they were born. Their helicopter parents did most things for them. And they grew up with a sincere belief that “everyone gets a trophy.”
(For more on this subject, you might read Senator Ben Sasse’s new book The Vanishing American Adult.)
Others said their kids don’t understand that capitalism is a profit and loss system. When companies fail – as many do eventually – it causes economic disruption for employees (not to mention investors).
It’s unsettling to find yourself suddenly out of a job. We all prefer economic security to anxiety and uncertainty.
Unfortunately, that’s not how modern economies work. In our globally competitive world, most workers today will hold not just multiple positions over a lifetime, but also will work in multiple industries.
And sometimes job skills don’t transfer easily.
Others said that anti-capitalist attitudes are all their kids have ever been taught. They graduated from high school without even a basic understanding of compound interest, adjustable-rate mortgages, 401(k)s or why we have a stock market.
Then they enrolled in institutes of higher learning where their professors explained that we live in an unfortunate economic system – based on greed, selfishness and exploitation – that allows a few to benefit at the expense of the many.
It’s not just the anti-business ideology that is hurting them.
The Wall Street Journal just reviewed the latest results at some of the most prestigious universities in the country and found that college kids are graduating without basic critical thinking skills.
At more than half of schools, a third of seniors were unable to interpret data in a table, assess the quality of evidence in a document or make a cohesive argument.
As a result, many companies today are struggling to find qualified workers.
It’s a shock to kids who spent a small fortune getting a degree in bitterness studies to find that what prospective employers really want is analytical reasoning and problem-solving skills.
They don’t have them. What they do have is tens of thousands of dollars in student loans.
That’s not a good way to start off in life…
Capitalism, however, is not the problem.
The free market creates jobs, lifts people out of poverty, and meets virtually all of our wants and needs. (It also creates investment opportunities inside and outside the financial markets.)
Capitalism promises that you can have anything you want if you just provide enough other people with what they want.
Unlike government, business is about freedom and individual choice, not coercion. If you don’t like a particular company or its policies, you don’t have to work for it, sell to it, buy from it or own its shares.
Businesses focused solely on short-term profits don’t last long. If you cut corners on quality, your customers will leave. If you bargain with suppliers too hard, they won’t trade with you. If you undervalue your key employees, they will take their talents elsewhere.
It is in the best interests of business owners to make sure all stakeholders – employees, suppliers, customers and communities – are satisfied.
Now here’s a newsflash: Businesses are run by fallible human beings.
Sometimes they make mistakes, breach contracts, use poor judgment, harm individuals or damage the environment. When they do, the transgressors should be punished.
But that doesn’t make capitalism wrong any more than democracy is wrong when a congressman is found to have stacks of $100 bills in his refrigerator.
The majority of wealthy Americans achieved their affluence not by inheritance or real estate speculation, but by owning a profitable business.
Most of us don’t have the time, the investment capital or the experience necessary to found and run a successful company, but we can still own a piece of one through the stock market.
And owning a piece of a firm is a whole lot easier than running one. You don’t have to sign personal guarantees, hire or fire employees, grapple with an avalanche of federal mandates and regulations, pay lawyers and accountants, or even show up for work.
How great is that?
Capitalism drives innovation. It creates prosperity. It raises our standard of living. And it improves our quality of life.
If your kids don’t understand this, do them a favor.