I don't know where to put this, so am adding it here. There was a comment by Steve Madison, written on the best southwest citizen website, at http://bswcitizen.com/?p=319
On the website, Steve Madison described the citizens, who voted for a particular council member, as lunatic fringe. I believe Madison has ties to city boards in Duncanville, and I am offended by his belittling of a group of citizens. His comment was never addressed or removed, and this website is run by an ex Today staffer. In lieu of the ex staffer's inability to maintain neutrality, it would be rather disconcerting to see him back on your staff, where neutrality is key to fair reporting. Some of the people on this best southwest site are affiliated with pro-dunce, though they will not admit it. Pro-Dunce is a slanted, slanderous webpage, run by people who seem to want to control Duncanville so much, they put up webpages, yet defaming others is how they spend most of their time. Such a waste of potential for good. Madison sounds like an ignorant elitist, and represents everything wrong with those who try to control others. Ford, the council person that Madison was referring to appears to be grandstanding, perhaps to advance his own agenda, but he has proven himself to be beneficial to Duncanville, and the end result is what is important. His positions on issues could result in economic savings, and safety, for the citizens, whereas other council members are primarily interested in slamming others personally, approving pay raises for cohorts, giving themselves getaways in motels at our expense, and trying to give themselves cell phones at our expense, etc etc, and a million things we are not aware of. You need Ford and Jameson on the council, in order to counter the mudslinging, delays, self absorption, callousness, and ineptness of the others. I understand people like to hear good things about themselves, as well, so I will try and give good opinions about the other council, so here goes, ............um, just a sec.....Sometimes they seem less bullyish, somewhat civil, almost genuine, less prone to take advantage or manipulate, less critical, offensive, and slanderous, less likely to play both sides, actually genial, and less plastic. When we lost Deborah Hodge from the council, we lost one of the most brilliant, intuitive people I've seen. What a few people, in the name of the city, did to her was macabre, and the attorney and manager and council, at the time, are the ones responsible. They tried to condemn her home, and they took so much of her land, that it would have driven most people away, and that is what is so troubling. There were several places they could have built the store, besides her beautiful horse pasture. BTW, how many of you shop at Costco, at least I think it is Costco, but I do not need 400 rolls of toilet paper at a time, so I'm not sure. Does anyone else feel like I do, cause I am in dire need of validation. All I've seen from other council members, are the allowances for ticketing red light on red. My family has had four red light tickets already. The red lights are ridiculous, and a class action suit, or maybe a petition, should be instituted by the citizens. I, and other family members, initiated the petition for the dress code, several years ago, and though we had plenty of votes, they put us at the end of the roster for the meeting, after the news stations had left, and after everyone had gone home. Yea, there was nobody left in the building. I know, but what can you expect from an ex superintendent, formerly accused of illegal high stakes gambling, being in control of the meeting? He knew who had the petitions. I would have put the petition holders at the beginning of the meeting, out of fairness. I would not have changed the dress code, when most of the town came out to object to it. I would not have misrepresented the parents and students, or retaliated against them in numerous and sundry ways, but I digress. That said, I don't think a petition will hit anyone in their pocketbooks, like a class action would. I do have to say, that when I contacted Ford regarding a class action suit, he shot that idea down as being too expensive, and, in fact, shot many ideas down, but for the most part, he is the best you've got for now. When I see red lights flash for no reason, I assume the worst, like when I see a Duncanville policeman speed through an intersection, with no lights and no sound. I feel as the people who voted for Ford do, and I'm not Ford. I'm my own person, but I agree with almost all of what he and Jameson and Hodge have tried to accomplish, or do. I'm not a fringe of anything. I grew up here. I have no political leaning, because I don't believe in it, and if that doesn't suggest I am my own person, I don't know what to tell you. I question everything. I am not a follower, and unlike Madison, I am not narcissistic enough to believe that I am right about everything, cause if you think you are always right, and never question, you are stupidity walking. The only council thing I did not look into, was the main street thing, but figured it was about money and kickbacks. Things will be better for everyone, if Ford and Jameson stay on. Even then, it would take several years for them to undo some of the negative and make positive changes. Prove to me that more condos will not result in kickbacks, and is going to result in economic progress. Show me. The only reason I posted all this is because my family has gotten four tickets for that red light thing, and it should be eliminated, or you should look into jury trials, cause IT IS A GOOD IDEA, and will ensure that the process might be a little more fair, rather than who you know. A few bad eggs have made it so people are afraid to agree with Ford. I'm not afraid to agree, or disagree, with anyone, and my opinion is just as valid. I moved from Duncanville five years ago, and if it were not for the tickets, and loved ones living here, would not be affected. But, we can all still threaten a class action, and initiate it. Tho I don't think too many people read these posts, leave a post here, and I will email you my info if you want to look into class action. Also, look to find this post on ripoffreport.net if the Today paper won't add my post to their site, which is typical. One person who objected to the red light tickets, called the officials jerks, and I agree, and I am totally disgusted and saddened by their behavior.
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