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False rumor; fiscal responsibility

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One rumor proved false. Scott Walker will not run for mayor. He had heard the rumor also.

Not rumor is the fact that Port Commissioner Ginny Benton and her husband declared bankruptcy in November 2001. Ginny is planning to run for a third term as Port Commissioner. Citizens and voters may feel that her personal financial management is relevant to her ability to manage tens of millions of our tax dollars. I would not be posting this except she has confirmed she is running for office again. She should not.

The particulars of the bankruptcy are not a story of bad luck and hard struggling. Indeed, almost $100,000 of their debt was credit cards. They had an income of over $6,000 per month. Their assets included a yacht and enough property that they might have avoided bankruptcy if they had wanted. It appears they did it for some tax purpose. They just decided to avoid working their way out of debt. She should not file for Port Commissioner.

I asked Ginny if she had any comment as I was going to post this and she said no. No comment. And a search of the Herald did not turn up any story. Yawn. Maybe only this blog is concerned about this. What Port Commissioners do is make decisions on revenue and expenditures - the Port’s primary mission is economic activity. She has other problems, for example the conflict of interest she created by taking a high-paying job with Port tenant STS. She should not run again.

False rumor; fiscal responsibility

By John ServaisOn May 14, 2003

One rumor proved false. Scott Walker will not run for mayor. He had heard the rumor also.Not rumor is the fact that Port Commissioner Ginny Benton and her husband [...]

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Web site to check out

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I don’t have the resources the Herald has, and yet . . .

By John ServaisOn May 09, 2003

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I know, it is not local stuff,

By John ServaisOn May 05, 2003

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It is so sad to see the how small and vindictive

By John ServaisOn May 04, 2003

our government can be. Fox news isn’t telling you about how the US military will not allow a Belgium plane to fly to Iraq with medical equipment and medicines. [...]

Tis time to focus on local issues

By John ServaisOn May 01, 2003

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By John ServaisOn Apr 30, 2003

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Casualty reports were fabricated by the US military

By John ServaisOn Apr 29, 2003

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What should we, who opposed the war, now think or feel?

By John ServaisOn Apr 09, 2003

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Local news first today

By John ServaisOn Apr 08, 2003

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I’m splitting up the contents of this blog

By John ServaisOn Apr 06, 2003

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War; anti-Canadian flyers, not geese

By John ServaisOn Apr 03, 2003

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Peace Events this week:

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At the Bellis Faire parking lot,

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flyers are being put on windshields of cars with Canadian license plates that read: “We in America are disappointed in Canadians and your government. You are not welcome in America. [...]

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By John ServaisOn Apr 01, 2003

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Freedom of the Press?

By John ServaisOn Mar 31, 2003

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Truthful war coverage by American Corporate media?

By John ServaisOn Mar 28, 2003

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Season’s Greetings

By John ServaisOn Dec 24, 2002

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