Russ Gibb at Random
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To The Victors Belong the Spoils

January 22, 2002

City department heads got a nice gift from his honor, the winner, Mayor Michael Guido's "Discretionary" Fund. - No, not the Spaghetti Dinner Fund. This fund is funded by the taxpayers of our great city. And guess what, some department heads got BIG raises. Yep, while lay offs affect many in our town, the Mayor just dolled out some big bucks to all of those that work hard as department heads.

12% went to the Fire Chief, Michael Birrell. While the Department of Spinning, I mean the Director of Public Information, Mary Laundroche, now takes home 76,813 big ones per year, a 28% increase from last year. Remember, puffery is a big biz.

And guess who now makes $101,300 a year? Mark Guido. Yep, the Mayor's assistant. While Santa Guido- I mean Mayor Guido, makes just $123,606 plus bennies. Hey, ribbon cutting is hard work And you gotta admit that the senatorially splendid Guido is a great speaker- one of the best. Plus, his stand up comic schtick is terrific. Make no mistake, our Mayor Guido is an excellent politician and is on his way to bigger and better things. How can you not like him???

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Tell Me Why?

January 22, 2002

I hear that the FBI is poking around in Dearborn, and it's not about terrorists. Anybody have any ideas?

politics

Guidos, Guidos, Everywhere

January 22, 2002

So, who really does run the city of Dearborn? Mayor Mike Guido, or his assistant Mark Guido? Both good guys...but who's on first and who's on second?

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Hurrah! Hurrah! Hurrah!

January 22, 2002

Hurrah for publisher emeritus of the Dearborn Times Herald, Frank Bewick. Frank said it like it should be said in this column last week. Let me paraphrase - "If you work for Ford, than you should drive a Ford. It's as simple as that!"

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Is the Media Liberal?

January 22, 2002

YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES. If you want an eyeful, read Bernard Goldberg's Bias: A CBS Insider Exposes How the Media Distorts the News.

education

Wonder What He Was Thinking About?

January 22, 2002

Here's a quote for ya. "First god made idiots, but that was just practice. Then god made school boards."
   -Mark Twain

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Strange but True

January 22, 2002

People from all over the world are traveling to Saginaw, Michigan. That's right, Saginaw, Michigan, which at the turn of the century was a famous lumber center. Then in the 20s, became famous for their sugar beets and beans. And in the 30s, General Motors. And now what are they famous for? A urologist, Dr. Joseph Oesterling! The moral of this story- you can't keep a good city down. Dr. Joseph Oesterling at St. Mary's Hospital can be reached at 989-799-4840

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Good Guy, Bill White

January 27, 2002

One of the more interesting and generous men in our community is Mr. Bill White. Bill is President of Dearborn Federal Savings Bank on Michigan Avenue, and he has continually been supportive financially of probably every good cause that has ever come across his desk for the city of Dearborn. Bill lives in Troy, MI, so I'm sorry to say that I sometimes wonder about Bill's civic mindedness, or should I say business mindedness. And particularly, I've been wondering about Bill's involvement in the Jacobson's project. It's just like a Chinese puzzle!

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A Web Reader Writes to Us...

January 27, 2002

Here's the latest at City Hall! For years, Mayor Guido has pushed for parking on Michigan Avenue. Right? Now he has ordered most doors at City Hall facing Michigan Avenue to be locked "for security reasons." Then a memo goes out changing the story. Now it appears that the cost of special city logo floor mats at the doors, are too expensive and Director of Department of Public Works, Kurt Giberson, needs to cut costs. So he ordered the doors locked and signed "Emergency Exit Only," thereby eliminating a total of 2, count them 2, mats. Meanwhile, 10 to 20 people try coming to the doors to get in, and some of these people are handicapped to boot. Mayor Mikey sure is making City Hall inviting to the residents, isn't he? I'm sure the savings for the two mats also covers Giberson's raise.

- A 'Russ Gibb at Random' Fan

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Hang On To Your Wallet

January 27, 2002

Since it opened to the public in September, the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center's entertainment productions have been plagued by low attendance. Reportedly, productions during the first three months of operation lost $75,000.

The 1,201 seat auditorium didn't even draw a full house when admission was free. Upfront fees and related expenses for performances such as Melissa Manchester and Lou Rawls, were subsidized by the city. And there is no accounting for the work hours put in my recreational staffers or utility costs.

On the recreation side of the facility, city officials projected the sales of athletic memberships would bring in $1.32 million. Halfway through the fiscal year, memberships have only hit $318,000. No wonder our Mayor is offering half price memberships to city employees.

How much longer will his honor, Mayor Guido, be able to fool Dearborn voters into paying and paying and paying again, for the monumental glass edifice at Michigan and Greenfield?

Remember that the center was to be funded originally by a $23 million bond that you and I are paying for. Then when the cost went up to $46 million, money was siphoned from senior citizen funds and city projects to fill the gap.

- Susan Moore

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