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Aimee Clark

No Jobs were Created with the Writing of this Blog

Posted Saturday, January 16, 2010, at 11:41 PM
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  • *applause*

    -- Posted by notinia on Sun, Jan 17, 2010, at 1:48 AM
  • Totally with you on this one!

    -- Posted by kriskay on Sun, Jan 17, 2010, at 5:01 PM
  • *applauding next to notinia*

    -- Posted by jusamom on Sun, Jan 17, 2010, at 8:14 PM
  • Beautiful Aimee! Very well said.

    -- Posted by _Samantha_ on Mon, Jan 18, 2010, at 3:10 PM
  • Thank you Aimee. We have to remember that businesses create jobs, not government, and businesses have many choices as to where they invest their resources. Let's continue to make Spencer and the surrounding area as attractive as we can to residents and potential residents, visitors and businesses.

    -- Posted by my3cats on Mon, Jan 18, 2010, at 7:15 PM
  • Well put Aimee ... it's just easier for some people to sit back and complain or have nothing but negative things to say, than actually going to meetings, getting involved, researching how to help make changes. (I'm just wondering why Molly P has not responded to this story when she seems to have something to say about every single other blog? Hmmmm). Just an observation.

    -- Posted by monica_h on Tue, Jan 19, 2010, at 1:38 PM
  • Sorry, Monica, but I've been busy doing end of year bookwork. I just read this today. I am open to suggestions as to how to encourage the city to meet with the local larger businesses to make sure the city is doing everything it can to keep jobs in Spencer. I'd really love some ideas (not being sarcastic here). As to changing expenditures, well, once it's done it's done. All I can do is say that I would have liked something else done.

    I've been thinking about all of you guys and your ideas that I should shut up unless I have something happy to say. I've decided that my strong opinions come from my upbringing; not just my home, but my home town. I'm from a town of 25,000 people (miniscule by California standards). Our town was famous, famous, famous for letter writing campaigns. Before the internet, it was nothing for people in the town to write letters to businesses and their home offices when something didn't agree with them.

    Letters to the editor were very common (still are). Those letters usually weren't to thank someone for doing smoething nice. They lambasted everything in sight. You know what? Those letters got things changed. One national gas station pulled out of town after 25 years in business because there were so many complaints about how they didn't take checks. The city right now is getting "trashed" by everyone because of how they handled a recycling contract. Hundreds and hundred of people have written about this stuff.

    I figure the "nice" stuff with the "nice" stories about how everything is all terriffic all the time and people are all swell must be an Iowa thing.

    Therefore, I give up. I can't fight city hall if I have to change the whole culture of the town. If you guys want your sweet paper to whisper sweet nothings in your ear, then you have at it.

    I like you guys, but you guys win. You don't want my opinion and that's fine.

    And, is Molly Weasley really a "whiny" name? I love the Harry Potter books, and I really like how her family is the most important thing in her life. But I guess Spencer doesn't like HP either.

    Bye all

    -- Posted by Molly Weasley on Tue, Jan 19, 2010, at 3:11 PM
  • You mean there is/was a whole city filled with hundreds if not thousands of "Molly's" that go out of their way to complain about things? I don't know if that's sad or wildly hilarious. I just hope I don't accidentally live there someday.

    -- Posted by D_Louis on Tue, Jan 19, 2010, at 4:50 PM
  • Why yes, I do hate Harry Potter. I hate all books, really, but the Harry Potter series in particular. As a result of my extreme hatred, I work in a library and have a dog named Harry, because I love to surround myself with things that I despise.

    And for the record, I do not think that the name "Molly Weasley" is whiny, but I find it odd that you would have chosen her name to use. When things that she stood against began to happen, she joined the Order of the Phoenix and did something about it. She didn't write anonymously to The Daily Prophet and Witch Weekly to constantly complain with no alternative suggestions. That seems more like Petunia Dursley's style.

    All kidding aside, do you take everything so personally? Do you really think that this is all about you? Last I checked, there are a good deal of posters on this website, and very few of them use their names.

    Nobody is saying that everything has to be all rainbows and unicorns, but there are ways to go about getting your point across without everybody thinking that you are full of hot air. Referring to things as a waste of money or load of crap is more likely to alienate than bring to your way of thinking. The best way to influence city officials and your peers is to offer polite constructive criticism, and then offer an educated argument for how you feel things could be done differently. For example, when city council was planning to do something that I strongly disagreed with, I went to their next two meetings, and spoke at both with my side of the issue. Alternatives to what was proposed were also offered. Things might not have gone the the way that all of us on our side of the issue had we walked in accusing city council of being full of crap but not educating ourselves on the issues.

    I do believe that cosmetic improvements to the city has the potential to pay off in the long run. If you were a prospective business owner looking to relocate or expand, would you choose the run down looking place, or the pretty town? I think that's obvious.

    -- Posted by stafinois on Tue, Jan 19, 2010, at 7:18 PM
  • Once again, Aimee, couldn't have said it better myself.

    -- Posted by notinia on Wed, Jan 20, 2010, at 9:24 AM
  • Aimee,

    Because of the state of our nation's economy hundreds of people in this small city have lost their jobs. Some devoted their lives to the industries that decided to outsource, and they're ranting out of frustration and fear.

    -- Posted by brian48 on Fri, Jan 22, 2010, at 12:23 PM
  • Brian, the point is that there are times and places that it's appropriate. Do you consistently read the comments on various articles? It can be an article that has nothing to do with the economy or job losses and somehow that is what it becomes, typically in the way of blaming city officials for not caring about jobs.

    Yes, the economy is a concern. But, believe it or not, the world keeps turning and other things are happening, too. I think that it is appropriate to discuss the economy and job losses in stories that pertain to job losses and the economy. But do we really need constant barrages of vitriol about the town whenever it is announced that the city has or will spend more than a couple of bucks on something? I think that several regular posters would like the city to just fall into disarray while city council does a "Bring More Jobs" dance routine until some major employers move into town.

    -- Posted by stafinois on Fri, Jan 22, 2010, at 1:44 PM
  • I agree. Stay on topic to the article. I was simply giving my opinion as to why the posters are posting off topic.

    -- Posted by brian48 on Mon, Jan 25, 2010, at 10:38 PM
  • I used to suspect "Molly Weasley" of being the nom de plume of one of the other bloggers here, who happens to be the mother of a bunch of boys and one girl, similar to Molly, but then I realized that L.C. tells it like it is using her own name, so why would she want or need a secret identity?

    I think you have to love our fellow Spencerians and part of loving them is loving the Eeyore sensibilities.

    -- Posted by AmyPeterson on Tue, Jan 26, 2010, at 3:22 PM
  • For all the people in Spencer that have lost their job it sucks, I know all to well I'm one of them. I look at this as a chance to start over. Maybe get the education i didnt get as a young adult.

    We are Americans, and no one can take that from us. As an American we have the resources to pull together and get a fresh start, but we need everyone (employed or not) to do something about this. When our country first started everyone worked together and made this country what it is today. I guess what I'm saying is that nothing will hapen if you just sit around and wait for god jobs to come around. Do something bout it weather it be getting and education or becoming active in the city and attend coucil meetings.

    -- Posted by trav78 on Mon, Feb 8, 2010, at 10:19 AM
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