Surprise! Surprise!

by Frank Castiglia, Fulton

I recently read a news story that wasn’t news to me or anyone that has been reading any of the letters I have been writing over the past four years.

In the news story, they give a lot of facts and figures saying how things are bad and they aren’t getting any better in Fulton. Also in the story, you can read the same thing being said by our mayor. Such as “We’ve done everything we could do” or “Until we get a handle on the health care, until we get a handle on the economy so everyone is not moving out, it’s going to get worse.”

Well, here is something new (only if you haven’t read or ignored what I have been saying for at least four years) — health care cost aren’t going to go down, more manufacturing companies are going to leave so you have to stop spending so much taxpayer money wastefully.

Even a high school student taking at least two classes in economics will tell you that when you spend more than you have coming in, you have to cut cost anywhere you can. That doesn’t not mean layoffs; that means cell phones, overtime, fuel costs, insurance costs, maintenance costs, and building costs (ie. two fire stations).

The same student will tell you that you have to increase revenues (not taxes, or user rates) so you can keep your costs to customers (taxpayers) down.

In the news story, the mayor said, “I don’t know what else we can do. If they know how to restructure it, I’m all ears.”

I think there in is the problem. You have to stop listening and start hearing. It seems that things go in one side and out the other.

The other famous saying our mayor has used in the past is something he stole from Einstein. It goes like this: “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.”

Well, I have a saying, “Doing the same thing over and over and it’s not working and you don’t change it is foolish.”

I know that when people criticize you (city government) for the job you have done, you almost always take it personally. You (city government) have to stop taking it personally.

We can’t keep doing the same old, same old and think things will change.

Maybe now that it is “official” you will start to hear the things being said. God I sure hope so!

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