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Thursday, June 28, 2012

What? You Must Be Kidding

Sometimes you hear things so bizarre that you have to do a double-take. This week’s craziness has to do with a rumor that a petition is circulating for the recall of the UCO president. What? Are we copycatting Wisconsin? If so, be reminded that that recall effort failed.  
It gets better. People (the usual suspects) want to remove a President that was duly elected and is still in the beginning phases of a second 24-month term. They are unhappy with the budget, they are unhappy with paving contract issues (already being addressed), they are unhappy with everything associated with current leadership. They claim budget irregularities, even though their imagined discrepancies have been explained away many times. They cry “failure” while issues are still being resolved. They quibble about numbers of invoices, punch lists and the inevitable issues that come up with major projects.
It just may be that what’s really upsetting these people is the fact that Dave Israel was re- elected in the first place. They have only one goal: obfuscate, throw out allegations, criticize every move and force the sitting President to spend time fighting every charge imaginable to take time and energy away from his work. In effect, bring him down.
The frustrating thing is that these hostile, angry people could contribute a great deal to the betterment of the Village. Instead, they’ve chosen to hold their private “President’s” meetings (a little wishful thinking?), whipping up their charges, drawing up their petitions,  and never inviting the people they attack to explain their actions in a reasonable exchange of ideas.
For now, let’s remember that this UCO President and his team have produced savings for residents and run the Village responsibly. It may be irrelevant to those who care less about demonstrable results than they do about being the center of negative attention. What a waste. But residents won’t be fooled. They’ll see this for what it is: a naked power grab based on resentment and jealousy, not on facts.


  1. I have not seen such a petition but I guess the blamers WHO DO ABSOLUTELY NOTHING for the village are at it again. “They can’t imagine or don’t care about the consequences their actions have for the people they may hurt” - read all about con men -

  2. Hi David,
    You were duly elected and people should respect the outcome of that election. As far as my husband and I are concerned you are doing a great job and we are looking forward to the completion of your initiatives...especially your efforts to wifi the village.

  3. I too agree with all the comments. Its to bad so much energy is wasted on trash talk. These people have too much time on their hands. They should direct their energies to something constructive and it would make CV a better place.

  4. Maboo,
    You can say that again... but please don't.

  5. I find it hard to believe that there is actually a petition circulating asking for Dave's removal from office. On the part of one or two--of course, anything is possible--but by a number of people? It seems absurd. Such a drastic step is way out of line with what's reasonable.

    Dave Israel may not have been a perfect president, but who has been in the history of UCO and who could be? First of all, you don't throw a person out because he doesn't do everything the way you would like. And second, you don't throw a person out because he makes a mistake or two, makes a misjudgment, or perhaps gets hot under the collar on occasion.

    For my money, Dave has done a tremendous job as UCO president, and we should be thankful to have him in office. I can't help but see his detractors as jackals, nipping at the heels of the lion--- as Anita says so eloquently, trying to bring him down. So the beset lion roars once in a while. Give me the lion over the jackals any day.


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