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Star System

Posted in hit bull win steak with tags , on January 13, 2009 by samsondoggie

Today I went to the January meeting of the Joint City County Committee working session at Durham City Hall.  There were about 9 elected officials there, plus two newspaper reporters, and about 12 concerned citizens. I was there to play a minor role in representing one group that was seeking funds.  The other group was trying to explain its progress in the 2nd year of a 10-year grant that it had received.  The money was largely from the federal government, but through a pass-through arrangement, Durham had allocated it and had some discretion over its use.

The group couldn’t provide any statistical measure of its progress.  Granted, the goal – to end homelessness – is kind of hard.  Certainly, it is a lot for a two-person staff to handle.  The City Council wanted measures, nonetheless.

I think that is why I can understand Rosie’s desire to have us set benchmarks for her own behavior.  Rosie wants “stars.” John already Continue reading

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