Monday, June 02, 2008

Open Thread #83

Go for it!

38 comments:

Anonymous said...

Just wondering...what's your criteria for including a blog in GF blogs section. Does it matter when the last posting was? Seems like some of these are inactive.

GrandForksGuy said...

I've tried to keep it to blogs that have been updated in the last two or three months, but I haven't gone through the list in a while. I'll get to that soon!

ec99 said...

Another GF Blog
GF Teenview
Grand Cities Dining
Wayne's World
Prairie Pundit
My Grand Forks
Bakken's View

are all dead.

Anonymous said...

Supporters of Mike Brown for Mayor ! Former Mayor Pat Owens, current Mayor of EGF Lynn Stauss, and former UND President ....and former Marine supports Mayor Brown ! Go Mike Brown. greenglass4

local boy said...

Vote McNamara. A proven leader who will devote all of his time to the job. Mayor Brown isn't running the city, his underlings are. I want my property taxes to stabilize!

Anonymous said...

greenglass you are just mad because Mac called you out on the air! Support for Brown is supporting yet another property tax increase for the next four years. Do you know that his budget has NEVER been approved by the city council? They have cut it every year for 8 years straight! My vote is for Mac

-JK

Coffee Guy said...

My blog isn't dead. It's just hibernating.

It's interactive! said...

Oh, you don't have to kill Grand Forksers (or even wait for them to die) to get me interested. I don't have to be first, just somewhere in the middle...with the rest of the g's (I'm not particular). Like I warned you, I don't sing, but I do take pictures. So if you want the invitation, come on over to my blog!

Anonymous said...

McNamara more or less stuck it to the people on the north end who want Riverside Pool to reopen. Unless they have very short memories or simply don't care, I don't think he'll get many of their votes. He would like people to think that a Mayor should be out there taking a stand on every issue. I believe the Mayor should remain neutral unless there is a tie. That's when his/her vote is used.

Anonymous said...

How did MacNamara stick it to Riverside supporters? He suggested it go to a vote of the people in the first place. I think that's how all tax increases should be handled. I see no point in reopening a pool that is on the wrong side of the dike... how much more is it going to cost to clean it when it floods next year? And what about the germs that will be in there when it does floood... lets face it the Red River isn't exactly clean.
Jay

GrandForksGuy said...

I just pruned the list of blogs...

i am only an object said...

can't wait for 8th & Walnut's husband to get home so he'll take her blogging privileges away

she's nuts!

ec99 said...

When Brown first ran he characterized himself as an outsider up against entrencjed insider opponents. Almost immediately he became an insider himself.

John Schmisek said...

For anonymous at 8 pm on June 2, 2008, just a point of clarification. Over the last 8 years the mayors preliminary budget presented to the council has included recommendations for cut in mills of 25.27 mills. The council added a total of an additional 3.55 in mill cuts over that time. An additional .55 mills for 2007 and an addtional 3 mills in 2008.

Not trying to cause turmoil, just trying to make sure factual information gets exchanged.

Anonymous said...

John where are the cuts and if that is the case then why have they voted down his budget. I am a home owner and this city spends too much money on wants and not needs. Why does Brown love to spend tax payers money but he buys his ties at the thrift store. seems to me the budget he cares about is his. Jay

Anonymous said...

I won't vote for Mac. Nice guy, but not in line with my thoughts.

I think Brown's done a good job.

Anonymous said...

Off topic,

Does anyone know of any paranormal groups in town? I think my house is haunted and would like someone to check it out.

I'm serious.

Anonymous said...

I like Mac, too, but I like Brown's laissez fare approach to government. I think a micro manager would find even more ways to spend our money. Like Will Rogers said,"Be thankful were not getting all the government we're paying for."

Anonymous said...

Anyone know about Overtime Bar and Grill? I drove by their today and the main sign they have just said "closed" and all the windows were covered with drapes.

John Schmisek said...

Anonymous 3:32 pm June 3, 2008, not one of Mayor Brown's budgets has been voted down. They have all been approved by a majority of the council. Only a couple were not unanimous.

How about cuts of 29 positions since 2000.

I would be willing to visit with anyone about specific issues not general statements.

I could not agree more with people that property taxes are too high in Grand Forks. As a matter of fact there is too much reliance on the property tax in the entire state of ND and that has to change. Please review your property tax bill for what your city share is on a monthly basis and then remember that police, fire,health department and the street department, along with a portion for the flood control project come from that. Let's all work with our state legislators to get a better balance in the total tax structure of the state, property, income and sales taxes.

I do appreciate your concerns.

Anonymous said...

If Brown's budgets had existed every year without modification by council, just give it to us in its original form, what would our taxes be today?
Higher.

Anonymous said...

Paranormal Guy call ghostbusters at 1 800-spook you MackNamara did stick it to the Northside, Riverside Pool supporters and Ward 2 residents concerning pool vote ! The Mack Express ran out of gas today on Coulmbia Road ! Just too funny. greenglass4

John Schmisek said...

Anonymous, you are correct. Without modifications by the city council over the last 8 years the tax on a $100,000 valued property would be higher by $15.00 a year.

Kelly Clow said...

Anonymous at 4:50 on the 3rd (Phew! Next time, use a name!)

Here's a link for your ghost troubles:

http://ghostinvestigator.tripod.com/ndgis/

What, exactly, makes you think your house is haunted? I only ask because I'm a HUGE fan of this sort of stuff. I don't personally believe in it, but it is a very interesting topic to me.

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Anonymous said...

Kelly,

My TV turns off and on, we hear footsteps when no one is in a room, banging on floors, creepy feeling in the basement like someon is watching you, TV's turning on when people are sleeping, stuff moving in different spots.

non-believer said...

I often get that creepy feeling in the basement like someone is watching me, especially when I am by the stairs - it feels like I am being followed up the stairs. But I think it's just my paranoia getting the better of my nerves.

what i know said...

Supposedly the feelings of being watched or just generally being creeped out will be stronger in a basement because the power boxes are down there, and they emit something that creates an electrical response in the human body. An EMF reader goes nuts near a power box.

But that's not saying there couldn't be ghosts too. It's just an explanation of why people get that response in basements.

Sorry I can't be more specific. I know the theory but not the anatomy-specific terms.

You could contact TAPS--The Atlantic Paranormal Society. They have a TV show in which they investigate claims of haunting (usually they find a very real world explanation).

Anonymous said...

I know it's weird, and I could almost explain away some stuff, but I know when someone is stomping -- and I mean STOMPING -- on the stairs or walking and banging around in a room. It totally freaks me out.

Here's the other creepy thing, my son's TV set is an older model with a turn knob that has to click into place to turn it on, so it's not like the TV remote was accidently hit.

J- said...

Anyone notice the new digital billboard on the corner of Washington and DeMers with Mayor Browns ad? Is this a trend that's going to continue in the area?

Anonymous said...

"It totally freaks me out."

You don't live anywhere near 8th & Walnut do you?

Anonymous said...

OK, enough already about the "hauntings". LOL My hubby works at night so I'm at home alone with the kids. We live in an older home (110 years old) with an unfinished basement that I have to go down into to do laundry. I get that same "feeling" that was made mention of in a previous post and that feeling seems to get stronger as I near the top of the basement stairs (particularly on the 2nd step from the top). Definitely creepy.

I've heard a little bit about the history of our house. Apparently there was a woman who lived here many years ago who had this thing about red paint, especially around the doorposts. I am a person of faith who is quite aware of the Passover and what was required of people in order to be protected and I'm fine with that, BUT, when you are so obsessed with the red paint that you paint the whole doors, the hardwood floors, AND all of the floor in the basement as well as the chimney, there is something very creepy about that. Thankfully it had all been painted over before we even looked at the house 14 years ago.

Oh yeah, did I mention that the hardwood floors had been painted? I recently found this out when I started fulling subflooring up to check the condition of the wood for a renovation. I think it's so WRONG to paint over original woodwork in a historic home much less hardwood flooring.

Anyone got any input?

GrandForksGuy said...

"Anyone know what's up with the big clearing job Crary did on the Northwest corner of Washington and 47th? "

Dale, I believe that is the new Maple View Memory Care Community. The plans for the expanded condo development appear to have fizzled. I think the plans originally called for a total of three condo buildings, but it looks like it will only end up being the one existing building.

Having explained one mystery construction site, does anybody know what is being built in the area just east from the Aurora Medical complex? The area on the east side of Washington alreay has the strip mall and the Choice Financial bank, but now it appears that another site is being prepared just in front of the strip mall. Perhaps the Wells Fargo bank that was mentioned a while ago?

dale said...
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Anonymous said...

Dale-Bank Forward still plans on building there, but it will be a much bigger building and include Insure Forward (Formerly FPM Insurance). I think due to the larger size, etc. and getting someone to build it, they wanted a south presence sooner.

Dan said...

I posted this earlier today but on an older open thread...

What is with that grafitti on the backside of Purpur or Gambuchi (sp?) arenas...can't that be painted over. It is vile and disgusting what is says (at in my view). I dont understand why the Park Board or city would not get to that stuff right away as it is on the main road. I would love to take some paint and go over there myself. If they dont have the exact paint color as the building just use any color...it is better than the graphic language and picture on it now.

Also...In the spring who is in charge of cleaning up all the garbabge left behind on vacant lots along 32nd. That strand of bushes between Rex and Slumberland had so much junk in it before green-up it was disgusting. Again I wonder if anyone could go over and help pick it up or is there some tresspassing issues involved on that land from preventing a private citizen from doing it him/herself. I routinely pick up leftover trash and blown trash around my neighborhood around the South Pointe school in EGF. It seems the school officials in EGF dont really care about what the kids see when they go to school as boxes, etc can be left in the ditches for ever and cigarette butts left in the grass/sidewalk cracks. To me (and I admit I am a clean freak) it is digusting and I gladly volunteer my time to take several bags and pick up trash around the school each spring. My kid will go there in a few years and I dont want him to think that having all that trash around how adults really feel about their surroundings.

Rant off

MattFacingSouth said...

I agree about the trash around town - it's bad on the north side of Columbia Mall, too.

While we're at it: did question marks get the night off or something?

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