Wednesday, September 30, 2009
How About A "Greener" Audit?
Yikes, the Radnor Meeting was not so dull after all...the videos seem to be going up, but watching this as it unfolded last night was quite a lot of fun. Especially when it came time to talk about the Radnor Conservancy, Friends of the Willows Cottage, and Greener Partners. That always makes for good T.V.
There was discussion about grant applications and whatnot, but what I found most interesting was talk of some sort of meeting in I think December to discuss this first season at Skunk Hollow?
Honestly, I think the focus has gotten a bit skewed, and the focus should be on Greener Partners themselves, because I never saw such community divisiveness until they arrived on the scene, have all of you? So why can't everyone in RADNOR stop squabbling long enough, to take a look at what the commonality is: the commonality is Greener Partners, which is NOT a 501(c)(3) charitable organization is it? So they in a sense use true non-profits, don't they?
I did not like the fact that Radnor Conservancy pays the Greener Partners anything. I don't like that any of these true non-profits pay Greener Partners anything. If people are foolish enough to pay $800 and up for produce shares, that is individual choice, but I think that Greener Partners should be paying ALL these non-profits not leeching off non-profits.
So there is a meeting to be held in December? Tell Greener Partners to bring their balance sheets along. See what they are paying in salaries, etc. If our communities are supposed to be supporting them, or are proposed to support their efforts, it might be nice to see what is going on underneath the concept of CSAs.
Now, here is a comment that may not be popular, but last night something occurred to me watching two people from the public - Dan Sherry and John Nagle. I know neither gentleman, but it was apparent there is distinct animus between them. I don't think it needs to be played out in public any longer. They need to do their pissing on each other outside of public comment. Both blog, I watch it. That also is getting to be a bit ridiculous --- however it's their right to blog as they choose and that doesn't take up time at public meetings.
I have to also say that I was disappointed in of both of their behaviours at the meeting last night.
I do HOWEVER think that Dan Sherry has a lot of valid points, and John Nagle ended up sounding like a cranky old woman last night. And if John had just made his comments about that pork fund grant last night straight out without the sniping at Dan Sherry I would not comment. But he did snipe like a bitchy old queen and was also told by Captain Obvious Bill Spingler to sit down during Dan Sherry's comments. What is up with the control factor? Because if he thinks he is right and Dan is wrong, why act like a chicken that got it's tail stepped on? And squawk? If you are right, you are right - be confident in that and ignore the jabs.
Both of these guys need to take it outside, and John Nagle wants to be commissioner, right? Well he needs to get a grip because while he gets TOTAL kudos for being the one guy to stand up to the now former commissioner Lisa Paolino in that 5th ward, he is acting odd at meetings. It's like he has tourettes or something. Now I admit I only see what I see at public meetings, and unfortunately there are a lot of people like me out there. If John Nagle doesn't get it together, I think he will lose this upcoming election because of his behavior, not because he's the wrong choice. I look at it this way, there already are enough crank pots on the Radnor Board of Commissioners, aren't there?
But as for public pissing matches? Take it outside boys. Please. And when did public comment in Radnor Township turn into mini filibusters, anyway? But what up with the appointed 5th ward commissioner? Is he a mute? Did he open his mouth? Or is he just supposed to sit there and be quiet because his predecessor always sounded dumb as dirt?