Friday, October 27, 2006


Not to say a bad word about any opponent, Todd Duesterhaus' decision to run for the County Board creates a wonderful opportunity for us taxpayers to have a little transparency in the way decisions are made in our County.

In addition to being an outstanding and talented young man from a stellar Quincy family, Todd is knowledgable about municipal finance and the importance of maintaining a physical plant. Most importantly, he believes the citizens should be able to watch their Gov't take place. The infrastructure to televise Co. Bd. meetings essentially already exists. We can already watch our School Board and Quincy City Council meetings on TV. Todd asks, reasonably, why not what is arguably the most important legislativ body in Adams County?

It's not often we get a chance to elect a crusader for representative government and a young person of star quality, both at once. Todd is that opportunity. A wise vote would be one punch for Todd and on to the voting machine. If the scanner tells you you've undervoted, tell the scanner to peel it and eat it!

Go, Todd.


At 7:34 AM, October 30, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Go Todd.
McGlaughlin is a corrupt crook. His idea of good govt. is to grease his companies/families pockets. Todd is a hard working honest public servant.

At 11:47 AM, October 30, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't we already have enough Duesterhaus' in local government and employment?

At 2:15 PM, October 30, 2006, Blogger UMRBlog said...

Anon 1934,

I didn't censor your post but I don't agree with your assessment. I believe Mike is intellectually dishonest about the Board's governance function but I don't contend he's corrupt or in politics to enrich himself.

Todd stands on his own merits, Mike aside.


At 2:16 PM, October 30, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"a crusader for representative government"

and what exactly again earned him this title?

Also, posting something like the first comment might require some documentation wouldn't you say, UMR?

At 3:11 PM, October 30, 2006, Blogger UMRBlog said...

Two positions he's taken publicly:

Televised Meetings (and he's done the research on how easy it would really be to do).

Also (and I personally disagree with this position but I admire his standup approach)making the Co Bd. look like the referendum said our citizens wanted it to look.

He's been to a lot of doors telling his story.

Thanks for asking.


At 11:37 PM, October 30, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for opening up the doors again on local politics. We all need your wisdom to see the light.

I am all for Mr. Duesterhaus. He is from a long time family of hard workers. One of the family members, I believe holds the record for placing signs in frozen ground. This is dedication.

I urge Mr. Duesterhaus to hold a press conference, perhaps with others that seek change or intellectually honest approaches to county board activities.

Perhaps door to door is the approach, but old fashion public discussion of the issues will help.

Taxes are always a central issue. Voters should know the details, the truth. I question that if property values are going down, why are assessments going up? I await the truth that we are being lied to regarding taxes...they will be going way up on the county level.

So, Todd, good luck to ya. Get that press conference going, tell people that they need to get out and vote and let all of us hear the talented political minds so apparent in the fine Duesterhaus family.

UMRBlog thanks again for your service and superior intellectual discussion. With all due respect to the reasonable limitations you observe, when we speak of Mike McGlaughlin, my take is that we are talking about an intellectual VOID. This VOID needs to be replaced with a VOTE for some rays of political light. Let us all make calls and make a difference.
Where is Harold Jobe when we need him as I miss that kind fellow who really knew how to get the vote out.

At 7:35 AM, October 31, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think giving a county grant to Main Street Tap is one thing but when he turn around and sells a building he owns to Main Street tap immediatly after he hands out the grant I think it deserves looking into?

A Grant to a bar? Shady

Bar Owner turns around and buys a building from County Board pres? even shadier

At 10:49 AM, November 01, 2006, Blogger UMRBlog said...


That is out of the Denny Hastert playbook. Buy some land and then pass an act to build a freeway over your land. Sell Land to Goverment. Eat and ExtraLage pizza, pitcher and banana split to celebrate.

Seriously, I'm not sure Mike owned that building and I don't know whether he cast a vote on the business development loan. Of course maybe the voters in his district DO know. It bears investigation.


At 10:55 AM, November 01, 2006, Blogger UMRBlog said...

Anon 1137,

Wow, you just reminded me of many happy hours in the Truck with Don Duesterhaus @ 10 below, just Don, Me, the metal fenceposts, the posthole driver and the FREAKING BLOWTORCH! It would be several days before one realized the burns to previously frozen limbs were serious--but the signs stayed put.

That was when men were men and there were no bag signs.

RIP Don, one of the all time great guys in politics. We can't be as good as you, but we'll do our best for Todd.

At 1:29 PM, November 01, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Since when does the prime qualification for county board membership become one's ability to dig holes in hard ground? Is that something special for democrats?

At 2:47 PM, November 01, 2006, Blogger UMRBlog said...

Anon 1329,

If I were you, I'd go for the refund on that speedreading course.

The walk down Memory Lane was about the Late Don Duesterhaus and a winter election. It was just a pleasant reverie of adventures past.

Todd Duesterhaus is running in this autumn election and, so far as I know, has been sans blowtorch.

We do apologize for confusing you.


At 6:14 PM, November 01, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

UMR - Maybe you should read Anon 11:37 who says Todd is a good candidate because of the hard work of his family putting up signs. I have gone to school and I do read, although obviously not as well as you. I probably could use a speed reading course but so far, I've not been able to enroll. Thanks for letting me comment.

At 10:53 PM, November 01, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Still appreciating Don...

I can tell the person has no clue about true "sign dogs," or he or it would not have mentioned the act to "dig" a hole for a fence post. Only those dedicated people like yourself and others know the process. The Blowtorch must be a trade secret as I have never heard of this one. Now I know.

Todd does need to get the message out that you can vote for one, you don't need to vote for two.

Appreciate your continued dedication and thanks for the Blowtorch tip. One of these days, we need to write a book on The Campaign Sign. Got to give the prize to old Charlie Williams, with a decorated Halloween theme sign complete with spider webs, etc. Let me know, I've got a picture of it in my archives.

At 3:48 PM, November 02, 2006, Blogger UMRBlog said...

Anon 1329,

I get it. Time Warp. I thought you were commenting on the more recent post.


At 12:07 PM, November 10, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Election over you people that wanted Mike Out did not get it done instead you got out a hard working dedicated Rep. R. Kent Snider. Who is well liked by all Dem. and Rep.

You people blew it!!!!
Hopefully Kent will see you all in 2 years.


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