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Carl: Come Clean

Carl:

I see from the paper that you are still trying to cause trouble by name-calling and general rabble-rousing.  Do you feel that your mission in life is to prevent progress in our community?  Why did you come here to Topinabee? And, are you really an American?  Your brother Neil is Canadian? Can you prove who you are?

If you are so concerned about Topinabee, then why don’t you do something positive instead of complaining about the good works of others? Name one thing you have done that is constructive and good for the people of Topinabee and Mullett Township. Taking pictures in the men’s restroom does not count as a good thing…in many places, you might get in trouble for invading others privacy (or worse). What are you doing in the restroom anyway? Are you by yourself? Are you and your friends staging these pictures before you take them?

Why don’t you pitch in and clean the restroom yourself, instead of moaning about it? In a small town, neighbors pitch in and help when they see something that needs to be done.  Mary Ann has personally cleaned the restrooms when it’s been needed and the workers weren’t on duty. Another point: don’t you realize that you could be held liable if you see a child climbing a rock wall and you do nothing to warn them — and they then are hurt?

How about that great picture you took of the snow blocking the sidewalk? Sure shows how Mullett Township is letting us down, right?  WRONG — after you took the picture the snow was removed. Kind of like taking a picture of a road under construction and saying it’s not safe…of COURSE it’s not safe until all of the work is completed. That’s why those orange barrels stay up so long after we think the work’s done.

Could you write something about yourself? Where were you born, what jobs have you held (how about a resume?), and where did you come from when you dropped into Topinabee? Does your brother visit from Canada?  Can you cross the border legally, and come back legally? You know, you could use a visit to GITMO…drinking Ensure and dropping those 50 extra pounds. You’ll feel like a new man. And you can’t even be waterboarded anymore. What’s not to like?

Carl, there’s a new section in the grocery store for you. It’s called the fruit and vegetable section. You can get the same crunch from a celery stick that you can from those snack chips. Just looking out for your health there buddy.

Have you ever tried exercising anything besides your mouth?

It’s the holidays…can’t you say anything nice?  And didn’t your mom teach you that if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything?

Merry Christmas,

Marcy

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IS THE BULLY READY TO DEBATE?

Carl,

Your life is full of negative thoughts, words and ideas. Could that be the reason you are so miserable no matter where you live? You go out of your way to hurt and destroy the lives of others and the only reason you have is because you can.

You write negative articles and with your ugly words attack others  (including me) simply because you can. You never learned that hurting others will come back on you. It might be time for a debate; are you up for that? You seem to believe “YOU” are always right and everyone should listen and do what you say and want. If a new election were held today, WOULD “YOU” WIN?

Have the guts to stand up in public and address the citizens in a public forum.  Are you prepared to be as verbally abusive in public as you are via your blog?   Put on your big-boy pants and face those who have strongly disagreed with you.  Can you argue your point in public?

Carl, are you ready to face the public or will you continue to hide from those who prove you wrong time after time?

Marcy

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FINALLY: Carl Writes the TRUTH!

Carl,

You are really a funny guy and must be running out of things to write about.  I appreciate that you have been sharing my blog posts on your blog site — thank you for helping get the THE TRUTH out.

You call me a political activist? Sorry, but “no”, I don’t crave the attention you do. I don’t care about politics. I care about the truth. Which you must admit is hard to find on the posts you write.

I look forward to seeing more of my blog posts on your website; it is a great compliment.

Marcy

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Cost-Benefit Analysis

Carl:

You must be full of turkey and stuffing up to your eardrums.  Your latest post shows how dense (as a solid mass) you are.

First, the Board decided to close the park during the winter.  The liability of someone on a snowmobile drowning in the lake would drive your taxes up through the roof.  So, we close it.  Then we put up HIGHLY VISIBLE fencing, so that everyone on the trail can see the fence.

Here’s a math lesson for you:

I looked on the Home Depot site and 100 feet of snow fence is $30.  So let’s say we have 500 feet of fence…that’s $150.  And let’s say we pay $150 in labor to put it up.  $300 of protection against a multi-million dollar liability?  $300 is hardly the “several thousand” that you complain about.  Sounds like the Board is going out of its way to protect all taxpayers at very little cost.

Carl, do you not perform this type of back-of-the-napkin math before you shoot your mouth off?  Good managers do…seems like that’s what we have in our current Board.

Marcy

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Don’t Fence Me In

Carl,

In your recent letter to the Mullett Township Board, you ask 2 questions regarding the proposed Blight Ordinance that the Board is considering.  First you ask whether fences make good neighbors.  Then you suggest the Board spend money hiring someone to enforce a Blight Ordinance, in order to bring in money to be spent “your” way.

Is this the kind of fence you propose?

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Regarding hiring, you make a funny flip-flopper.  First you question all of the ways the Board spends money; then you want them to spend MORE money.  Typical liberal:always wanting to tax or fine your way out of a hole.

And your etiquette lesson of the day is:  You refer in your letter to the “Honorable” Mullett Township Board.  The term “Honorable” is reserved for the Supervisor; use Mr. or Mrs. for the other members of the board.  Maybe Santa will bring you a copy of Emily Post’s Etiquette.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving.

Marcy

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Helping Others

Carl,

I commend you on your resent letter to the editor of the Straitsland Resorter.  You are giving it the old college try as you assimilate into the Indian River community.  Does that mean you will be seen at Chamber meetings and year-round events?

Before I continue, I’d like to point out that you made the same grammar mistake discussed in an earlier blog post. Do you remember the blog post about the “its” or “it’s” problem you have? Veterans Day is correct and Veteran’s is incorrect.  For the sake of the children who learn by what they read please use Spell and Grammar Checker.

You mention Thanksgiving and Christmas but nothing about Hanukkah and Kwanzaa?  Carl, there are individuals and families in our communities for whom these are very special days.

Dear Lord, help me here!  Carl, you are missing the point when it comes to volunteer work, donations of money, food, clothing etc.  Pull your head out of the sand and please read this until it sinks in. Volunteering is NOT about the number of hours, donating money is NOT about being Bill Gates or Warren Buffet, and it is NOT about the amount of your resources.  It IS about doing whatever you can. Be it one hour to volunteer or one dime to donate, that amount of time or money can make all the difference to someone. In very simple terms that one dime is just as valuable as a $1,000 or $10,000 check from Bill Gates or Warren Buffet. Donating something is ALWAYS better than nothing. NOTE: It is not “giving” if everyone knows who you are.

You say  “…over a non-profit promoting a mission statement to preserve and enhance the community”.  Carl, you are not smarter than a fifth grader.  Preservation groups around our country do excellent work by preserving our architecture and heritage. Hint, hint: the Forts in Mackinaw City and on the island are just two of the many sites helped by these groups.  Do you even know the history of the area we live in? Better yet, do you know anything about what took place here during the War of 1812?  Carl, this is the one time I am asking you to go to the library and research the area. Use the internet; you have my permission!

Bragging about all the volunteer work you have done proves my point from an earlier blog post…it’s always all about YOU!  Carl, I don’t know anyone who has ever seen you volunteer for anything.  But I don’t live in AZ, either.

At least we can say that some of my earlier pleas for you to volunteer and get involved may have gotten through to you.

Why don’t you volunteer here a little more, and talk about it a little less?

Here’s your quote for today:

“No one has ever become poor by giving.”  — Anne Frank

Marcy

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“WHERE is Carl Muscott?” is our latest question

Hi Carl,

On Friday, October, 25th, a great deal of the people who really care about the area, its overall welfare, and its people gathered for the Indian River Chamber of Commerce annual awards banquet.  Several hundred folks from all walks of life, who volunteer selflessly for the good of the community, its residents, and visitors enjoyed an evening of pleasant conversation and recognition of those who really, really care about what happens here.

Citizen of the year Dennis Burwell was honored for his selfless dedication in making the Veterans Pier in Indian River slated to debut this coming summer.  Pammy Sue Marks, who nobly gives of her time to many events in the community, from Summerfest to all the school sports recordkeeping, was recognized as Volunteer of the Year.  And, Topinabee’s own David Ogg, who has spearheaded our beautiful beach park progress, was recognized as Member of the Year.

These were close decisions for the Chamber; there were numerous other persons in each category who are very community spirited, and always right at the head of the line to raise their hand and help.

One has to ask, Carl:  Where were YOU?

You like to imagine yourself as some sort of Robin Hood of the community, somehow saving us all from the ghosts and goblins that only you seem to see.   Why didn’t your trolls nominate you?

Why were notably absent from an event like this, honoring the people and the area you claim to be so concerned about?  Why wouldn’t our own self-proclaimed Robin Hood be there and add his thanks for all those honored?

You’re ALWAYS notably absent from ANYTHING constructive in the community…any place where anything good is done…any place where people actually roll up their sleeves and accomplish something for the common good.

Your forte’ instead seems to be to keep to the shadows, and try to find tiny minutia about which to throw rocks from the cover of your barn (home?) or perhaps more appropriately, the Topinabee Library’s public internet.  These are pitiful attempts at tearing down the efforts of others who really try to make a difference for the good.

We missed you, Carl.  Your name came up, once or twice, when people were shaking their heads wondering why all that energy you spend trying to make trouble can’t be used to do some good like these people in the community do.  But, you were quickly forgotten in the spirit of recognizing the real people with the “right stuff”.

Marcy

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