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Now there is a nice way to ring in the New Year!

Another step in the right direction, but there is still a long, long ways to go - and not just in Lower Merion.

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And the name of the rumored replacement? Birnheim or Blenheim or something like that? I know people are talking about this....so previous Board of Commissioners - you know the people Reed and Taylor SWORE they would be nothing like, but are everything the same in the end?  Meanwhile, we have who I think is Liz Rogan's hubby e-mailing the SAC site to tell us to correct a post from 2006 - of course this post was correct when we did it and is part of our blog archive - but he thinks it is so important for us to update that - as if it would erase the past  - this post -

http://www.saveardmorecoalition.org/node/300/new-year-new-faceson-lmt-board-commissioners

One would think he would be helping those Sit Down Lower Merion Folks create a site that one can actually navigate since those are more his people then us here on the SAC blogs - but it shows you how obsessed they all are with this site LOL

 

 

 

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That's odd. Based on his campaign contributions (Gluiiani, Specter ('03)), Daniel Bernheim, III appears to be a moderate Republican.

Why would the Democratic caucus support him?

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Wynnewoodie - I have no idea who this guy is, nor did I know political affiliation...just saying what I heard - and I have heard this from both sides that Daniel Bernheim is a democrat...is that wrong?  I know nothing about the other guys...

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He may be a registered Democrat, but his political contributions say otherwise. Money talks.

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Taylor's ward is petty evenly divided by party affiliation. I can see the DCLMN having a candidate who will appeal to both sides - and especially when the GOP is on the upswing nationally, and thus in the minds of independent voters.

Question is how he will vote as a commissioner?

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Seems someone does not want anyone to know where Liz Rogan works as it may be bad for business. Rogan is a former township employee who now makes her living consulting for other townships. She is completely biased towards defending any township - inclusive of LMT, regardless of wrongdoing and criminal behavior like we have by LMT government.

Here is here Linkedin Profile.

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Liz Rogan and Jane Dellheim are two more Reedites and the "township can do no wrong and should receive well above private sector pay and benefits" sycophants.

The only reason these two have not received more of my attention is because Reed and Taylor were in the way, but they need to be addressed.

And whomever becomes the new Pres. and V.P. of the Board will be on the hot seat in regards to taking this township in a direction of honesty and integrity - or else.

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Commissioners Liz Rogan and Jane Dellheim are the typical, well intentioned, decent people who support Liberal Big Government as the instrument to engineer society. These truly kind hearted Liberal support ever bigger government, more government spending, more government debt, clueless as to the consequences.

Neither Commissioner Dellheim nor Commissioner Rogan have ever made one recommendation to cut one spending program, including the totally useless 'economic development" spending, nor to reduce spending in any way. Liberals perceive Big Government, Government Spending and Government Debt as good and necessary for the " the common welfare", "greater good and "in the public interest". 

The Forgotten Taxpayer has to pay for these unrealistic, unworkable utopian visions and is paying the price of bad policy. The Elitist Liberals disdain  The Forgotten Taxpayer as greedy, narrow minded, parochial, unenlightened, uneducated, uninformed so there is no reason to listen to the objections of selfish, stupid, bigoted, mean people, is there?  After all, if The Forgotten Taxpayer is right, then the reasonable Liberal would be wrong and that, simply, isn't possible because it would mean the Liberal would be unreasonable.

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I don’t see Dellheim as being kind hearted in the least for belly laughing out loud at me in a township meeting when I was complaining about a fabricated LMPD police report being mailed to me by township solicitor Gil High to inimidate me and because I was receiving death threats for taking the LMPD to task.

Dellheim thought this was hilarious and Rogan is guilty by her silence and for covering this up along with all other LM commissioners.

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Hey, we liberals don't like to see millions of dollars wasted either!

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Bob, if you would stop framing your very interesting, readable and often reasonable opinions as 'Liberals' believe this and 'Conservatives' believe that...you would have a lot more credibility - at least with me! I find your comments both reasonable and offensive (it's a floorwax and a dessert topping!)...

All 'liberals' are not rich, like Mrs. Dellheim and other well-meaning, sheltered, upper middle class people. All 'liberals' are not in favor of wasteful spending. It's like saying: all Blacks think...all Jews think...Or worse, 'all Jews are cheap'...Are you Jewish? I am. Does that bother you to hear? It bothers me.

Your ranting is offensive and makes you sound unbalanced. Replace "Jew" or "Black" with "Liberal" and read what you've written.

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Dogwalker, thank you for the intervention. 

You observed to BobG:

Your ranting is offensive and makes you sound unbalanced. Replace "Jew" or "Black" with "Liberal" and read what you've written.

It is to be hoped that BobG takes careful note of your suggestion.  

You offered a simple technique that might enable Bob to perceptually "stand back" and use his obvious intellect to more rationally and intelligently evaluate the fundamental assumptions from which many of his arguments are derived, assumptions that make the arguments simplistic, boring, unrealistically polarized (e.g., good vs. bad for the country [read:  "Liberals"]; reasonable, sophisticated and informed vs. well-intentioned, half wits at best [read: "Liberals"]), and offensively arrogant.  

 

 

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Relevant definition of idealogue http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/idealogue

an often blindly partisan advocate or adherent of a particular ideology

Relevant example in a sentence:

as long as there are ideologues controlling both sides of the aisle, legislative compromise is out of the question

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It's very hard for me to fathom the way a person from a minority group that has been villified for thousands of years can turn around and villify other groups. As a fellow Jew, I frankly find BobG's rantings about 'the liberals' reprehensible. It's no different from someone ranting about 'the blacks' 'the Jews' 'the Catholics.'

As if 'the blacks', 'the Jews' and 'the Catholics' are all homogenous groups. As a Jew, BobG probably winces, in the same way I do, when he hears 'the Jews' - because we both know it will always be derogatory. That's what broad-brush strokes are all about.

'The Jews' are cheap. Right BobG?

In an unscientific study I've done from dinner-check-splitting with friends, relatives, and/or colleagues, I can tell you that 'the Jews' are almost always the most generous of the group and 'the Episcopalians' are the biggest penny pinchers, and proud of it!

But, alas, BobG and I will always be dehumanized by 'the Jews are cheap.'

The irony is that I value BobG's opinions and usually see them as reasonable. I wish BobG would take some time to try to understand why he feels his opinions are not valuable enough to stand on their own. Why he feels the need to villify and dehumanize others simply to make a point. His points are good, but he clearly needs to knock others down to convince himself of their value.

BobG: I am one of 'the Liberals' and agree with you most of the time. I am one of 'the Jews' and am not cheap. Wouldn't it just be more pleasant all around to see me, and anyone else you meet, as an individual, rather than as some cartoon group to lampoon?

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Dogwalker, this observer again hopes that BobG carefully considers your observations, and then tries to modify his thought processes and publicly stated opinions to eliminate the reflexive degradation of others (our decency, our intelligence, the value of our ideas to the functioning or our Republic) via grossly partisan use of group labels.

Dogwalter commented:

It's very hard for me to fathom the way a person from a minority group that has been villified for thousands of years can turn around and villify other groups. As a fellow Jew, I frankly find BobG's rantings about 'the liberals' reprehensible. It's no different from someone ranting about 'the blacks' 'the Jews' 'the Catholics.' 

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Wouldn't it just be more pleasant all around to me, and anyone else you meet, as an individual, rather than as some cartoon group to lampoon? 

Also, BobG of course wants his ideas to influence others' opinions or else he would not spend so much time writing and publicly disseminating them.  

Influence is blunted, at best, and, at worst, resistance is generated to influence when one's ideas are presented in rhetoric that is inherently insulting and derogatory to any reader who is not a card carrying member of the valued reference or "in" group, Conservative Reformers or whomever.

This observer asks for SAC readers' patient grace for stating the obvious.    Did so for reasons that seem obvious.  

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Bob has a lot of good points, but he loses me as soon as he (among other things) starts in on broad-brushing "liberals."  I consider myself a "liberal" but I do not see myself reflected in his overly dismissive commentary.  But when it comes down to it he is a respectful and engaged debater. I think he could strongly use an editor, in order to make his articles and posts clearer and more accessible.

 

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I'm not a Jew, but I am cost-conscious - however I tip very well for a job well done Eye-wink

So even Dogwalker's examples of stereotypes don't add up.

That's the problem with labeling.

However, sometimes labeling helps others understand where others are coming from - and especially with politics. I am often mistaken by some who only have the most peripheral understanding of my political views as a member of the Tea Party or as a neocon Republican when I am a constitutional conservative and traditional Republican along the lines of Barry Goldwater (Jewish father) and Robert Taft and I could not stand Bush due to his warmongering and spending, and there are not many fiscal conservative Tea Party candidates out there who are not warmongers or members of the religious right - though I admit I support that "nut" Rand Paul because he does not fit that mold Eye-wink

On the flip side, nothing wrong with being a liberal. My mother proudly states she is. I love her and have the highest respect for her and we have a great mother/son relationship. We disagree on politics, but the funny thing is that after she had gotten her dose of Ron Paul from me, when the economy collapsed she stated (only partially in jest), that she wished Ron Paul had been elected.

It also depends on the labels. I just labeled people "warmongers", but you generally won't get a complaint about that because who really wants war?

There is a place for labels to describe yourself politically (or to describe opposing views in order to make a reasonable point), but I agree there is no need to condemn, or give the appearance of condemning, others in painting broad strokes with political labels. I'm a fiscal conservative and social liberal. Who woulda thunk a traditional Republican who staunchly supports the Constitution and likes Rand/Ron Paul could hold those views? Well, it actually fits right in with those views. That's the problem labeling.

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http://www.theonion.com/articles/barack-obama-either-doing-his-best-in-one-of-the-m,18635/

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I don't get your point with that link (I didn't vote you down).

I think Obama is a well meaning person who is trying his best (I question whether Bush was well meaning on many issues).

I also happen to disagree with virtually every policy position Obama has, so trying his best with policy positions I don't agree with does not amount to much to me.

If Obama were not to win re-election, I probably will not be very enamored with the Republican who replaces him, though I may agree with a couple of that person's policy positions.

I have issue with establishment politicians of either party who are bought and paid for by lobbyists and special interests - and Obama, like his modern predecessors, most certainly is.

So what is the point of the link? I have seen some signs by fringe elements who have aligned with the Tea Party disparaging Obama at rallies, and even though I do not align myself with the Tea Party, I do not think a few hate-filled bigots represent the whole of the Tea Party movement, which is very diverse.

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Interesting.

Politeia's take on President Obama,

I think Obama is a well meaning person who is trying his best

sounds like Politeia views Obama as in the same category, in terms of qualifications to think and lead as a public servant, as Bob Guzzardi views Commissioners Liz Rogan and Jane Dellheim.   In this same thread, BobG cast Rogan and Dellheim as "well intentioned" public servants.  

Politeia is smart enough to perceive that Obama deals from a much more sophisticated deck than the diminishing "well meaning" evaluation indicates.  

 

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Ok, to get back to the post topic: Mark Taylor.  They say some person named Daniel Bernheim is the proposed replacement for Taylor? 

Like Maguire is the annointed one Bruce wants and he would be to be blunt, a puppet for Bruce Reed, only Reed gets to stay home and not go to meetings, yes?So it sounds like a formula - but then isn't this how both Reed and Taylor came to office anyway? 

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They are talking about Paul McElhaney for a leadership position? If the union contract contract for public works is still not settled and he doesn't recuse himself now when his brother is representing the union, how will he be in leadership? After his thug-a-thon during budget-a-thon how could we be sure he wouldn't go postal in leadership? And is it true the Democratic caucus is trying to keep Taylor from resigning right now?

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Received an interesting e-mail a little while ago:

Now that they think their guy Brian Maguire is going to become a commissioner, they've taken down all the ID pages at Sit Down, no, Stand Up Lower Merion. No more "who we are -- Alison (Munoz), Brian (McGuire), David (Kedson), Jody (Marcell), Ru (Freeman), etc." and their contact info and bios. (Example: "Jody is an avid birdwatcher" "Alison is an enthusiastic yogini" -- whatever that is.) Now they just have a "contact us" page with "info at SULM" and a PO Box. Guess they thought this site might not be too good for their fair-haired boy who promises to channel Bruce whenever he gets the chance? Or maybe the King decreed it be taken down? They are going for anonymity -- really? Gettin' too hot to handle? Don't want to be implicated when the proverbial S hits the fan? Or is it that the Stand Up, Sit Down thing just wasn't working for them anymore? Their "Politics without the Poison" just doesn't seem to resonate the same way when the poisoner-in-chief jumps ship. In the words of the immortal Sarah Palin, "wonder how that hopey-changey" stuff is going for them now? Thought I'd share,  in case you hadn't noticed!

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And have you seen the agenda for the special Board of Commissioners Meeting on Wednesday (1/12)?

There are two candidates for ward 13 commissioner:

Brian McGuire and Stuart Ebby.

So who is better qualified to serve on the Board of Commissioners?

Brian McGuire has lived in Lower Merion for 4 years. Stuart Ebby has lived here for 45 years.

Brian McGuire is a lobbyist for the AARP. Stuart Ebby is a Real Estate Lawyer (he even teaches real estate law at Penn).

Is it just me, or does expertise in real estate law seem slightly more relevant to the mission of the BOC? 

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Is it just me, or does expertise in real estate law seem slightly more relevant to the mission of the BOC?

Depends just what the mission of the BOC is. If it is pro-developer/development, then yes, absolutely more relevant.

The ethics/mentality of attorneys enable them to play both sides of the fence with equal vigor over the course of a career, as evidenced by the reality that most of the best defense attorneys began their careers in a Prosecutors office, putting criminals away instead of getting them off.

But a real estate attorney, having spent a lifetime representing developers, brings with him the baggage of all the contacts and relationships with powerful developers and the inherent potential for cronyism in decision making.

Then we need to consider that son and Real Estate Attorney Dave Ebby holds the position of power that he does with the School Board.

Having added Papa Ebby, it would only take plugging son Bob, (also a Real Estate Attorney who just happens(ed) to represent very-high-power Developer Pulver in the Castille/Family Court fiasco)into the LM govenmental apparatus somewhere, and we would find LM resembling a low-level Democrat-flavored variation on the #41, #43 plus Jeb Bush family political dynasty. Jawdropping!

Now I am no longer a Lower Merion resident voter or taxpayer, but if I were, first of all I would be looking toward more professional diversity on the BOC. As much as I adore lawyers, they are overrepresented and too much of a good thing is never good no matter what it is.

Then I would consider whether or not one Ebby at a time in a position of power within the boundaries of Lower Merion Township is more than sufficient.

And finally, as to what the mission of the BOC is viv-a-vis real estate and development and how a Real Estate Attorney would affect that, I think the main question is how hungry we are for more taxables in order to ameliorate increases in the tax rates. If the answer to that is hungry enough to further degrade the landscape with visions such as Lindner's of high-rises on Montgomery Ave., then yes, a powerful, connected and influential Real Estate Attorney is more likely to lead us there than a lobbyist for AARP.

The only potential danger I can think of from an AARP lobbyist , is perhaps a bias in favor of an Earned Income Tax , if you consider that a danger. And I do. My rule of thumb is to never let a politician get his hand in another pocket until he has completely removed his hand from the pocket it is already in. The sales pitch is always that they will take less from the first pocket if you let them in the second. But history proves again and again that it is only a matter of time before you wind up with both pockets empty.

Now that's just my point of view and I would like if you would expand on your idea that expertise in real estate law is a plus. You always seem to have a well-reasoned perspective and perhaps there is something I am overlooking.

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All I have to say is the most recent lobbyist on the board - Ken Davis - tried to shove thru eminent domain, played a role in the David v. Goliath St. Joe's matter and almost destroyed both the Montco GOP as well as the local.  Now we have yet another lobbyist - who is Reed Lite, hasn't lived here long enough to really be in a position to do anything except follow what Brucie does and LM can't afford that - seriously, do we want a lobbyist for Senior Citizens who talks out of both sides of his mouth?  After all how can you lobby for seniors and say tax increase after tax increase is OK?  Bruce Reed wants Maguire because he can control him - so it would be like having a Reed puppet.

And seriously, what is the REAL reason Reed is stepping down?  Anyone know?

 

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Excellent point about lobbyist Ken Davis. The Forgotten Taxpayer, an advocate for Limited Government, would not consider Republican Davis to be an ally.

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Brian Maguire seems to be a lightweight in comparison to Ebby. Do you know whether Ebby is a Democrat or a Republican?

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Based on his campaign contributions, I'm guessing Democrat.

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Is he related to David Ebby who is president of the School Board?

 

http://www.hangley.com/Stuart_F_Ebby/

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Then we need to consider that son and Real Estate Attorney Dave Ebby holds the position of power that he does with the School Board.

Having added Papa Ebby, it would only take plugging son Bob, (also a Real Estate Attorney who just happens(ed) to represent very-high-power Developer Pulver in the Castille/Family Court fiasco) into the LM govenmental apparatus somewhere, and we would find LM resembling a low-level Democrat-flavored variation on the #41, #43 plus Jeb Bush family political dynasty.

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not necesarily outtathere.  one would hope the father was his own person. 

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outtathere, observer just observed Ralph Nader's observation that you cited at the bottom of your post.

Seems worth repeating: 

"The only difference between the Republican and Democratic parties is the velocities with which their knees hit the floor when corporations knock on their door. That's the only difference." - Ralph Nader

And, of course, the reflex to at least genuflect and offer some service does not extend only to corporations but also to other monied and potentially politically helpful special interest groups like educational institutions, for example.

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So what do we do?

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I suggest we let the candidates tell us about their motivations for wanting to serve and the skill sets they bring to the job before passing judgement on who would be the best choice for ward 13 or LMT.

Does anyone have an idea how these interviews will be conducted? Will the public get an opportunity to question the candidates directly or will all questions come from/through the BOC?

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Wynnewoodie, thank you for your comment and questions.

Other questions:

  • Is each candidate'sCurriculum Vitae publicly available information?   (Candidates must be required to submit them to members of the Board of Commissioners as part of this appointment process, correct?) 
  • Same question about letters that the candidates presumably submitted to the Township and Board to state and support their candidacy 
  • Are nominations closed?   Must the replacement for Commissioner necessarily be selected from the two who are to be interviewed on January 12th?

 

 

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It's not an open process.  The public doesn't play a part in this in any way.   We can comment on it on the 19th after the votes are in, if we want.

The Hangley Aronchick Segal Pudlin law firm is kind of the go-to place when LM wants to hire outside counsel (except for labor issues).  Mark Aronchick was the lead counsel for the Township in the Save Ardmore Coalition lawsuit.  David Scolnic was hired to represent the Township in drafting a development agreement with Carl Dranoff for the Ardmore Transit project.  There are probably various other connections that I don't know about. As Bob Guzzardi has suggested elsewhere, it would be a good thing if LMT published the amounts it pays to each and every contractor on a regular basis, but that's the kind of information that Doug Cleland likes to hold close to the vest.

It would be helpful to know about this law firm's developer client base in relation to potential development of the City Avenue corridor.  Also about Ebby's general stance toward  the rezoning proposals. 

McGuire's relatively short term of residence in the community, meaning lack of historical knowledge, together with his expressed unwillingness to bring independent thinking to bear on the issues, are drawbacks.

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It could be an open process if the commissioners wanted it to be. No law against it being open, but of course the commissioners will keep it as secret as possible. Thus, since it will probably be a secret process that does not have to be secret, I don't see how the public can have trust in whichever candidate is appointed.

 I will say I don't think you can get worse than McGuire.

However, Ebby's son was involved with intentionally covering-up LMSD principals intentionally spying on students in the privacy of their bedrooms via webcams on school-issued laptops that the principals thought might be troublemakers.

Since father and son work so closely together, I doubt the apple falls far from the tree.

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It MAY be an open process.  I have not heard that the public will not be allowed to make comments supporting a candidate.  Or this may take place before the actual vote for appointment on 12/19.

I HOPE that the Commissioners will approach the interview process with open minds and not repeat the fiasco of the Planning Commission appointments last January.

I also hope that the public is open to evaluating the the candidates on their own words and the strengths they bring to the community, rather than on any tangential prejudices either for or against the LMSD School Board or AARP which the public may hold.

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I just wish the commissioners could come up with a candidate without baggage.

LM school board, development of City Line/Bala, AARP/being a Bruce Reed protégé are all relevant.

However, if these are the only two choices, I would certainly like to know about any positives brought to the table in regards to making the choice of what appears to be the lesser of two evils to me.

I can't stand McGuire due to his track record of public statements, but Ebby is still pretty much an unknown quantity, and if the People are to make this decision through their representatives, they should be able to participate in the interview process and there should be at least a week of time from a public interview (with citizen involvement) until a vote so citizens can make commissioners aware of who they desire to replace Reed.

I do know many Bala (and LM) residents are concerned with Reed ramming through City Line/Bala zoning that he worked on behind closed doors for two years with developers, business interests and the Neighborhood Club of Bala Cynwyd, and residents of Bala (and all of LMT as this will impact them) should have ample opportunity to question Ebby and McGuire on this and any relevant topic.

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Fortunately, at least one of your wishes will come true.  There will be a week to let your commissioner know who you favor.  Let's hope many citizens will take advantage of the interview process/appointment interim to do so.

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Audrey - I predict it will still be a fiasco because Reed's little stooges will do as they are told once again and not vote of an independant mind.  Add to that the fact that people are so quick to tar Stuart Ebby with the same brush as his son David - David is the LMSD school board guy, not his father.  People should be more concerned about about Brian Maguire a lobbyist for AARP who lobbyed for not only the tax increases foisted upon LMT, but also lobbyed in favor of expensive LM projects and he is more likely to be a Unified Slater type then Stu Ebby.

 

 

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Here is the link to Cheryl Allison's interview of Brian McGuire and Stuart Ebby from the MLT site:

http://www.mainlinemedianews.com/articles/2011/01/09/main_line_times/news/doc4d2a07897970c487758449.txt

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And this concerns me about McGuire being an AARP lobbyist from The Boston Globe:

Arthur Laupus joined AARP because he thought the nonprofit senior citizen advocacy group would make his retirement years easier. He signed up for an auto insurance policy endorsed by AARP, believing the advertising that said he would save money.

He didn't. When Laupus, 71, compared his car insurance rate with a dozen other companies, he found he was paying twice the average.

Why? One reason, he learned, was because AARP was taking a cut out of his premium before sending the money to Hartford Financial Services Group, the provider of the coverage.
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The insurance companies build the cost of these so-called royalties and fees, which amounted to $497.6 million in 2007, into the premiums they charge AARP members, according to AARP's consolidated financial statement for that year.

AARP uses the royalties and fees to fund about half the expenses that pay for activities such as publishing brochures about health care and consumer fraud - as well as for paying down the $200 million bond debt that funded the association's marble and brass-studded Washington headquarters.

In addition, AARP holds clients' insurance premiums for as long as a month and invests the money, which added $40.4 million to its revenue in 2007.

"At the end of the day, it's all about fattening the coffers of the organization," says Thomas Orecchio, who was chairman of the Arlington Heights, Ill.-based National Association of Personal Financial Advisors until September. AARP, he says, is sponsoring insurance for its members at inflated prices.

"It's the dirty little secret," he says.

The Taj Mahal $200 million bond-funded “marble and brass-studded Washington headquarters“ for the AARP rings a bell.

Lower Merion libraries, anyone?

Lying to seniors about the cost of AARP insurance is very disconcerting.

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Ebby and McGuire seem well connected, albeit in different ways (wink, wink, nudge, nudge). I've had enough of Reed et al and that includes the unrelenting tax increases from School and Township. How about a real person and not a silver bin lid for a change?

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Stu Ebby must be in his seventies, now, and, if he is the same Stu Ebby I recall, he is sensible, common sense, upbeat guy. I would think we would see some fiscal common sense from him. And, as I recall, not a vitriolic or arrogant person at all. We shall see how the interviews go and conflict of interest remains something to be looked at. To my mind, development is not a bad thing. Free market, non subsidized development, without special zoning treatment, creates jobs and produces real goods and services.

If there is a real conflict, as Audrey Romasco points out, Stu Ebby can recuse himself.

Has anyone learned if these interviews will be open to public?

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A perspective on BobG's statement:

If there is a real conflict, as Audrey Romasco points out, Stu Ebby can recuse himself.

Relevant information already posted about Stuart Ebby is consistent with the conclusion that Stuart Ebby's potential conflicts of interests are not as simple or straightforward as Bob's comment might suggest when S. Ebby's ties to his current law firm and also his law firm's ties to Township legal representation on various issues are considered.  Comments already posted at SAC have described the considerations.  

See Hugh Gordon's post in this "Et Tu, Mark Taylor?" thread about Ebby's firm's (Hangley, Aronchick, Segal & Pudlin) lawyers serving as Township legal consultants.  

Also see two comments posted in the "Bruce Reed A Go Go. . ." thread:

         http://www.saveardmorecoalition.org/comment/reply/5335/18646  (LMT Observer)

         http://www.saveardmorecoalition.org/comment/reply/5335/18647 (outtathere)

Also, observation of the practices of the current Board of Commissioners has shown that it, as a Board, it is not highly rigorous about conflict of interest recusals, has it?    For example, more than once a SAC commenter has asked why Commissioner McElhaney did not recuse himself when the Board was voting on matters directly related to the Township Public Works Department in which his brother is employed.

Comments posted on the topic of the two candidates, McGuire and Ebby, indicate that a few posters regard Ebby as at least the lesser of the evils.  Okay.   But that does not mean that important and valid questions do not exist about Mr. Ebby, and what he would bring to the Board particularly in light of  various types of concerns that repeatedly have been raised here at SAC over time.   Politeia made the preceding point in a post.  

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Ebby is a respected attorney LMT Observer, and there are no other candidates.  Of course questions exist with Ebby as a candidate, but given the choices, people need to line Maguire and Ebby up and see where they shake out.  Mind you, in the end I don't think it will matter because the commissioners in Lower Merion who control the majority except for maybe one person do not listen to what constituents say and only do what they are told.

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You've been wrong before (BC Farmers Market). If people don't at least make their preference known to their commissioner, then they have no right to complain if the candidate they favor doesn't prevail.

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And how was I wrong about BC Farmers Market?  (I don't remember, but I am sure you are here to remind us all of our faults) And I am not wrong about this - but if it makes you feel better Wynnewoodie, by all means, be an ankle biter.  People can tell their commissioners their preference, but only Gelber from the D corner can be counted on to vote her conscience and not how she is told.  That is the truth.

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