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Wednesday, July 11, 2007

YVEDDI

From John Turpin:

YVEDDI has raped and pillaged this county for years. I was the Stokes County representative for the the first two years of my term. They were shocked when I refused to accept payment for travel to drive to Boonville for the meetings. The county pays travel expenses for commissioners traveling to meetings, although I never accepted payment for travel. I wonder if YVEDDI and Stokes County are paying for a trip up to Yadkin County. I was done with YVEDDI at the first meeting; they asked for my opinion on recovering overdue fees for citizen transport. The customers were three months behind and had not responded or paid on any of the bills. My response was, "Cut the customer off and let them walk". Looking at me with a blank stare, they quickly voted to send a "real nice letter", asking them to pay again. Jimmy was appointed as my replacement in 2004. We successfully got 40% of the business took away while I was there.

Thanks,
John Turpin

7 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

That a boy, John! Stick it to those poor people! They don't deserve any help...the lazy bums.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007 11:00:00 AM  
Anonymous Nature Boy said...

Kudos to John Turpin for standing up for us taxpayers. For some reason, anonymous, you don't believe that people with low incomes should be held accountable and responsible.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007 1:04:00 PM  
Anonymous J.M. Turpin said...

I know of no one that went hungry in Stokes County last year. Liberals use the social services as a stepping stone to get started in life. Those YVEDDI vans that you see going down the road can be taking some people to the doctor. Although, you can also use them for going to the mall, shopping, or getting ice cream at the Dairi-O. This is why we all work everyday.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007 1:57:00 PM  
Anonymous The Mayor said...

Anonymous writes, "That a boy, John! Stick it to those poor people! They don't deserve any help...the lazy bums." How 'bout YVEDDI sticking it to us taxpayers??? I guess that's the difference between liberals and conservatives.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007 2:06:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wonder when the last time "the Mayor", "Nature Boy", or JM Turpin volunteered to give some of their elderly, low income neighbors a ride to the doctor. Or offered a ride to some of the less fortunate people in their community so they can get to work. Because most folks don't take time out of their schedules to do these kinds of things for others, YVEDDI (and other like organizations) exists.
"Anynomous" probably doesn't do those sort of volunteer services either...but at least he/or she is not crying & griping about "unfair taxes."

Not all, and probably the vast minority, of the indivduals who are forced to use the types services YVEDDI provides are taking advantage of John Q. Taxpayer. But rather just need some help to get by. Help that most of us get from family, friends and neighbors. Unfortuneately everyone cannot be so lucky.

Difference between "liberals & conservatives"?? More like the differnce between considerate and selfish...

Wednesday, July 11, 2007 3:27:00 PM  
Blogger Steve Brenneis said...

Way to go Anonymous II. It's always best to confuse the personal with the political, it adds an extra dimension of pointless rhetoric to the dialog.

Whether or not anyone here does something charitable is completely beside the point. Anonymous II is using the little rhetorical sleight of hand that seems to be taught in the first year of Democrat/Liberal school. What isn't spoken is the eventual assertion that the government has to rob people at gunpoint to help the poor because the rest of us are too selfish to do it. Of course that has been demonstrated on numerous occasions to be utter nonsense, but I'll hand it back to Anonymous II in this fashion: Have you ever entertained the possibility that some of us might give more to charity and spend more time helping our neighbors if the government wasn't stealing from us and stepping in front of us?

The ignorant dichotomy of considerate and selfish is pretty trite, don't you think? Having the government take your money by force and giving it to someone based on arbitrary merit is nothing like consideration. In fact, it is little more than selfish power-mongering. In fact, the moochers and leeches who live off the public trough are the selfish ones.

But I guess none of that really fits with your public school issued, hackneyed little platitudes about the needy and the poor does it, Anonymous II? Having investigated YVEDDI's clientèle personally, I can tell you that you are full of crap when you assert (nakedly) that a probable "vast minority" of these people just need some help, especially from the government, to get by. YVEDDI stopped questioning transportation requests long ago and John is right, the majority of people using the transportation service, even when I was involved, were using it as a rural limousine service. I never cease to be amazed at the liberals' ability to ignore evidence and operate in complete fantasy.

By the way, don't you think throwing these opinions around anonymously is just the least little bit cowardly? Hmmm?

Wednesday, July 11, 2007 4:07:00 PM  
Anonymous Nature Boy said...

"I wonder when the last time "the Mayor", "Nature Boy", or JM Turpin volunteered to give some of their elderly, low income neighbors a ride to the doctor."

People who I know that are elderly and low income have families to take them to the doctor. Besides, the original post from John Turpin had to do with people not paying their YVEDDI bills.

"...Or offered a ride to some of the less fortunate people in their community so they can get to work. Because most folks don't take time out of their schedules to do these kinds of things for others, YVEDDI (and other like organizations) exists."

If they have a job, shouldn't they have enough money to help pay YVEDDI for gas???

"Difference between "liberals & conservatives"?? More like the differnce between considerate and selfish..."

You've got a funny way of showing consideration for the people who are paying the freight. Again, this post had to do with the people who use YVEDDI not paying their bill. They sure not showing consideration to YVEDDI or "John Q. Taxpayer" when they are three months late on paying fees (which they agree to when they sign on) and they won't even respond to any of the notices being sent out. Probably the reason they do it is because they know that the most punishment they will receive is a "real nice letter" in the mail from YVEDDI.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007 4:17:00 PM  

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