Happy Birthday to my college roommate, Susanne! She was (and still is) a blast!
Back to the links –
This is sad, and interesting. A Kennewick couple lost their home to a forelcosure auction. They claim the bank didn’t tell them the process had progressed to this point. I, for one, believe them. I know another couple struggling with their payments and the bank they’re dealing with is all over the map. “Don’t make your payments” – “Pay other bills off first” – “Can you bring your balance current within the next couple days?” WHAT? No one calls back, they claim they don’t have access to the records from previous conversations, and the left hand has no clue that there is even a right hand, much less knowing what it’s doing.
And speaking of foreclosures, the President had an idea he thought might help, but the Senate is saying “Not so fast...”
Locally, remember the concert line-up at the Benton County Fair and Rodeo? Apparently a lot of people thought it sounded pretty good, so they stayed out all night for tickets. I don’t think that usually happens here.
If we used to have one, but haven’t for almost ten years, why do we need one now? I’m talking about a water park, aka “Aquatic Center” that the powers-that-be are considering raising taxes to build.
At a recent PTO meeting, a teacher told me they were concerned about budget cuts. She told me that if she didn’t get the raise she was due for, she was going to find a job elsewhere. I mentioned this little gem about how we’re one of only 27 US cities NOT in a recession. I was then reminded that budget cuts to the schools are a state issue, not a local issue. So, unfortunately, it looks like our little corner of the state will suffer some due to Washington’s debt. A political aside- also at that same meeting, a parent said, “I think it’s interesting that the coffers were full all through the election, and then -boom! The day after she’s re-elected, we’re in a crisis” I think that’s interesting, too.
That’s it for this week. Stats are coming later in the week, so check back soon.