Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Lisbon Proposes a COLA almost seven times that of Social Security. Are You Ready for a Tax Hike?


I was surprised to see Lisbon's proposed budget included an across the board  2% COLA (cost of living allowance) for all employees. 

For 2017 Retired Social Security Recipients receiving the average benefit of $1,355 will get a measly 0.3% COLA raise, starting in January of 2017.  This equates to $5 more in their Social Security checks.

Why is Lisbon giving all employees a COLA percentage rise almost seven times  higher than what our seniors will receive in Social Security COLA? 

  A Lisbon employee making $50,000 a year (many of our employees make more than this)will get $1,000 dollars or 200 times that of the average Social Security recipient.


Giving a 2% cola increase isn't just a 2% raise in employee salaries it is also an increase in all the costs associated with those salaries. (FICA,  retirement, unemployment insurance, workers comp.  etc) 

These COLA payments also compound.  If we  pay a 2% cola this year, it will be 2% on last years income which includes last years  2% COLA.  Ten years of 2% colas  isn't a 20% raise it is almost a 22% raise in income.


Is it morally right to demand retirees, that ONLY get a 0.3% COLA, pay for a 2.0% COLA for all Lisbon employees? Remember some of our employees, when including benefits, make a six figure income.  

 COLA increases were meant for rank and file employees not department heads or salaried individuals.

In conclusion: If we must give a COLA then that raise should be tied to the increase in the cost of living not some arbitrary number. If our seniors get 0.3% COLA raises lets give the same to Lisbon's employees. 

Call your Councilors and ask them if this is fair?

Respectfully
Joe Hill

Judge Pirro Rips Rosie O'Donnel


Thursday, January 12, 2017

RECAP TOWN COUNCIL WORKSHOP – JANUARY 10TH

This is a brief summary of what took place at Tuesday’s Town Council Workshop.

1. Salary Survey – The Town Manager asked how much COLA the town employees were going to receive this year. In the past five years, it has been 2% each year.

2. Minimum Wage Increase – With the new minimum wage law coming into effect this year, the town was looking to identify personnel and to find a way to implement these changes.

3. Department Budget Needs – Each of the Department Heads provided a list of what they are looking for this year. It appears to be a shopping list and will be costly if everything is approved.

4. Capital Improvement Needs – This is the long term goals for the next five years in order to get an idea of what the town needs to move forward.

This meeting lasted for approximately 3 1/2 hours. It was extremely interesting and well presented by the Department Heads. This budgeting year will be very entertaining.

Larry Fillmore

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Iodine and Cancer A summary of the evidence to date By Tina Kaczor, ND, FABNO

About the Author
Tina Kaczor, ND, FABNO, is editor in chief of Natural Medicine Journal and a naturopathic physician, board certified in naturopathic oncology. She received her naturopathic doctorate from National College of Natural Medicine, Portland, Oregon, and completed her residency in naturopathic oncology at Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Tulsa, Oklahoma. Kaczor received undergraduate degrees from the State University of New York at Buffalo. She is the past president and treasurer of the Oncology Association of Naturopathic Physicians and secretary of the American Board of Naturopathic Oncology. She has been published in several peer-reviewed journals. Kaczor is based in Eugene, Oregon.

Abstract

Iodine is an essential element in human physiology. Its role in thyroid function is well known and heavily weighted in the literature. Its putative role as an anticarcinogenic agent is just beginning to be widely appreciated. The molecular effects of iodine as well as ongoing epidemiological evidence points to its probable role in prevention of cancers through its antioxidant, antiinflammatory, prodifferentiating, and proapoptotic effects. This is particularly evident with stomach and breast cancers but may be relevant for many other cancers that have yet to be substantially studied.
Introduction

The first report of geographical regions with high rates of goiter having higher rates of cancer mortality was published in 1924.1,2 Ongoing epidemiological data has corroborated the association between goitrogenous regions and cancer incidence/mortality, particularly that of stomach cancer.3,4 Epidemiological evidence also suggests that thyroid disorders, particularly goiter, may be associated with breast cancer incidence and/or mortality.5–8 Other cancers associated with goitrogenic state include prostate cancer, endometrial, ovarian, colorectal, and thyroid cancer. It is not clear whether these associations are due to an underlying hypothyroid state, the presence of occult autoimmune processes, or iodine deficiency itself.9 Ultimately, the etiology of all cancers is multifactorial, with benefit assumed in the reduction of modifiable risk factors. There is substantial evidence that iodine deficiency is a modifiable risk factor in cancers of the stomach and breast and possibly many other organs. This review will outline evidence on iodine as an independent influence in cancer development and/or progression.
Read more http://www.naturalmedicinejournal.com/journal/2014-06/iodine-and-cancer

Letter sent in from a Lisbon Falls resident. in response to Citizens Outreach For Elders Program.

A small blog for a taxpayer of Lisbon suffering under Altruistic intentions at the local, state and federal level. 

Free?  Like the Moxie Festival is? Who pays for the office, the phones, and all the paper, copier ink, electricity? Surely, there will be a inter-office opportunity for chatting up the volunteers by the full time paid staff, just being curious on how many elderly and what their problems are? So, confidentiality is out the window.  Is there a line item on the budget for the hours wasted in "chat" time? Is there a line item on the budget for the personal number of hours needed to review these applicants, perform background checks, interview, etc.? What if one of the volunteers is having a bad day and the elderly are taken advantage of financially or abused mentally after hours? Elder abuse is on the rise and this is the type of opportunity that a creep would be looking for. Taxpayers in Lisbon are in debt to the tune of 20 Million in bonds, our State debt is at 8.6B, and the Federal Debt is just shy of 20T. Altruistic emotion is a communist idea. There are neighbors, churches and other organizations that are not controlled by the government or the POLICE force or soon to be Planned Parenthood for the elderly, to administer this type of program that the taxpayers already pay for....

Perhaps the Chief can explain where this IDEA came from?  So the Chief cannot resist the politics of change?  The chief of police will have a "ready" made list of the elderly to give to the next level of government bureaucrats that WILL come looking for it.  Maybe not today, but the action is too juicy to let it just be at a volunteer level, it is an opportunity to expand government reach into our homes, today the elderly tomorrow the children.  Do Not Be Fooled by this idea.  The Chief should (see image) and insert it at the end.....


signed Deplorable in Lisbon

Citizen Outreach for Elders Program


Wednesday, January 4, 2017

RECAP TOWN COUNCIL MEETING – JANUARY 3RD

This is a summary of the Town Council meeting held on January 3, 2017.

Under Council Orders, Resolutions & Ordinances –

1. Authorization to Solicit Bids for Natural Gas – The Council voted 7-0 to authorize the Town Manager to solicit bids and purchase Natural Gas.
2. Write-Off Real Estate Taxes – The Council voted 7-0 to write off $2,561.54 of taxes on three abandoned trailers.

Under Other Business – The Council discussed several options for the upcoming workshops on January 10th, 24th and 31st. The topics ranged from Salaries, Dispatching, and several more. To determine which ones will be discussed on what dates monitor the town web site. Also, Chairman Ward started a new program by asking Councilors to brief the entire Council on developments in Committee Reports since the last meeting.

Under appointments – The Council has published a 2017 Council Committee Assignments so that residents will know which Councilors will be monitoring which Committee. If you have questions or concerns, the Councilors listed on the assignment sheet will be the ones to contract for that committee. Also, Lindsey Larochelle was appointed to the Recreation Committee.

Larry Fillmore

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

WHAT THE NEW YEAR WILL BRING TO LISBON!

Every year at this time, people are trying to decide what their New Year resolutions will be. I have been attending Town Council meeting for approximately 5 years. This is the first year that I have been encouraged by the Town Council. Five of the seven Councils have demonstrated they have common sense and this is great for the community.

It makes me feel good that the worm has turned and common sense has the majority vote on the Council. Every resident of Lisbon should be looking forward to positive changes in the coming year. These five Councilors, I believe have only the best interest of the community at heart. It is a long time coming, but I believe, these five Councilors will move the town forward for a change.

I do not believe that the excuse “We do it this way because it is the way is always has been done.” will no longer be acceptable. An example of this is the purchase of police vehicles. Why are we financing an item that cost $25,000.00 instead of purchasing it outright? If we do not have sufficient funds to purchase the item why are we buying it? If the town of Lisbon is in such financial stress that we have to finance $25,000 then the town will never get out of debt. You do not eliminate debt by increasing it when you do not have to.

Another example is why are we paying over $350,000 for an operation that puts our residents at risk; the individuals operating the center are not qualified as Emergency Medical Dispatcher and are using 353-2500 for emergency situations instead of the state 911 emergency situation? All 911 phone calls are received by Androscoggin County Dispatch, so why don’t the 911 operator have the authority to call OUR first responders immediately upon receiving the call instead of forcing the 911 operator to contact the Lisbon Communication Center to have them dispatch OUR first responders. If the 911 operator cannot get through think about the delay in getting first responder to the scene. This situation has happen on several occasions according to Androscoggin County Dispatchers.

The Recreational Department is having trouble funding the upgrade of the MTM Center playground. The town is looking to finance a front end loader. Closing the Lisbon Communication Center will provide sufficient funds to pay for both projects and the police vehicles without financing. What a concept?
I am looking forward to this year’s Town Council to make great strides in improve our community.

I want to wish everyone a safe and wonderful New Year.

Larry Fillmore