Cult of Trump
How I would have liked to see the telescope shop manager’s face when the Heaven’s Gate cult brought back an expensive telescope, demanding a refund. The cult argued that it was broken because it did not show a spaceship in the tail of the Hale-Bopp comet, the ship that was supposed to pick them up and take them to the “kingdom of heaven.” This reminded me of a Dartmouth graduate’s recent defense of Trump’s mis pronouncement of Thailand. An educated person played clean up, insisting the South East Asian country’s name must be morphed into Thigh-land, don’t get me started. Cults start with one unquestioned fact.
For Trump supporters, their fact is that he can do no wrong. So, if Trump says the South East Asian country’s name is pronounced like a part of our anatomy, his groupies rush to justify it. If he uses his Sharpie to draw a hurricane’s path into Alabama, by gum, that is where it will go, no matter that NOAA accurately predicted that the storm would miss Alabama. If he claims he signed a law that has been on the books since 2014, we cheer, right? All reality must be warped into their central fact: that whatever Trump says or does is right. There is no room for critical thinking in the Trump cult. This is how we end up like the cult, waiting for a spaceship to deliver us, waiting for Trump to justify our racial bigotry, our petty phony exceptionalism, our anti science suspicion. I wonder if the cult got their refund. They committed mass suicide in 1997.
Maybe that is how we will end up, with no refund, but with a broken telescope, and a broken country.
(In response to, “Village meetings excessive again,” The Citizen, Aug. 1, page 3)
Village meetings STILL excessive
I addressed the Village Council in 2016 questioning the staggering number and types of meetings council was abusing with our tax dollars. Here is a link to view the 2016 article by Susan Bromley https://thecitizenonline.com/council-under-fire-for-excessive-meetings/ I also sent a letter to each Village Council Member regarding my concerns along with a few suggestions on how to rectify these ridiculous expenses. Here it is 4-years later and another article appears in The Citizen titled “Village meetings excessive again”. The title should have read “Village meetings STILL excessive”. The Village Council has successfully raised the amount of meetings and expense since I brought this to their attention in 2016.
Let me attempt to break this down. In the last fiscal year (2019-2020) the amount budgeted for meetings was $10,500. However, Council spent $15,235 on meetings – $4,735 over budget. For this fiscal year, (2020-2021) council has budgeted $15,000 – an increase of $4,500 over last year. Each council member is paid $55 per meeting and village president is paid $75 per meeting. The Council meets monthly (12 meetings) at a cost of $405 per meeting. The annual cost for the 12 meetings, assuming all members attend, is $4,860. Let’s just say they have a “special meeting” added to each month. If council meets twice a month that cost would equate to $810 a month or $9,720 annually. Yet, the council has allocated $15,000 for the 2020-2021 fiscal year. This number represents having 37 meetings! Does that sound as though they are tightening the reins and finding more ways to be efficient with our tax dollars? Don’t be fooled by the “illusion” that some council members are now becoming “concerned”. Several of them have had years to rectify this issue and have failed to do so.
Just since I’ve been writing this letter to the editor, there was a Special Meeting called for tonight (11th) at Crossman Park. The lack of advance notice to the public is unacceptable! The meeting was called by council members Eschmann, Skornicka and Butzu. The agenda includes “closed session” items. I wonder where in the park they will go for their closed session? Please note that all the special meetings have been called by a combination of council members Eschmann, Skornicka, Butzu and Robinson. President Brice, council members Hayden and George have not called any special meetings to date.
This is one of many reasons I will be running for a trustee position in November. Please join me in making the right decisions and changes for our great community. WE CAN DO BETTER.
Melanie Nivelt, candidate for village of Ortonville trustee, current Ortonville planning commissioner, past council member and DDA volunteer.
Cult of Trump