22 7 / 2014
22 7 / 2014
"And how hard is it to land even a minimum-wage job? This year, the Ivy League college admissions acceptance rate was 8.9%. Last year, when Walmart opened its first store in Washington, D.C., there were more than 23,000 applications for 600 jobs, which resulted in an acceptance rate of 2.6%, making the big box store about twice as selective as Harvard and five times as choosy as Cornell. Telling unemployed people to get off their couches (or out of the cars they live in or the shelters where they sleep) and get a job makes as much sense as telling them to go study at Harvard."
14 7 / 2014
"No amount of smiling at a flight of stairs has ever made it turn into a ramp. Ever"
13 7 / 2014
Continued from here:
Its funny that you become friends with the Liberal Candidate just a couple of days before this If its not political! But your right again, it is none of my business, nor do I care if you are or not affiliated! I raise my kids, and do my job the best i can,and will continue to do so. I live on an island that is on its own, and has not got cell service, phones were down, no power, and one and a half hours away, through a foreign country to get back into Canada, we lived this whole ordeal ourselves, and it was not easy. However family and friends helped each other out, and we got through it. If I had parents that lived in St Stephen, and thought they were in trouble, i would have drove an hour and a half to get to them. You say that the generator was not a big thing, but you have mentioned it in both emails. I don’t expect everyone to go out and go in debt for one, however it was my generator run house you mentioned, so that’s what I talked about. The e-mail that you sent got into the right hands quick enough, I wish my warnings of the approaching storm on facebook 2 days before would have spread that fast, It would be a good source of information, for everyone to share, and some may have got better prepared. Anyway we are getting nowhere bickering back and forth, and I still have e-mails to answer from others. I know you call it lip service, but I like to call it staying connected. Thanks again for kind words. Curtis.
I am not friends with a Liberal candidate. I’m not friends with any politicians for that matter. I’m assuming you’re referring to me following John Ames on Twitter & Facebook. He is the Deputy Mayor of St. Stephen and that is the end of my interest in him. I would prefer to follow the Mayor, John Quartermain, but he doesn’t have a public profile page. I also follow Elizabeth May on Twitter but it doesn’t mean I’m friends with her or that I support The Green Party.
You keep insisting that this is about your party, yet I didn’t even know you were PC until after I read the Courier post and decided to contact you and found your contact information. I’m doing up an email to send to John Quarterman and John Ames about how things were handled as well. The fact that John Ames is Liberal doesn’t excuse the fact that he posted no information on his public FB page concerning help for the public during Arthur. This is not about whether someone is PC or Liberal. This is about doing the right thing in this situation.
As for your generator, if it wasn’t for your interview with the Saint Croix Courier, I wouldn’t even know you have one and I only mentioned it again because you made it a point to mention that you went into debt (not just debt, but DEBT with all capital letters) to provide for your family.
Your responses to me have been condescending, insulting, and unprofessional. You have insinuated that I did the wrong thing by not driving down to St. Stephen to check on my parents which is completely uncalled for. I haven’t made any remarks regarding your family or you as an individual, my emails have been about your job, your work and your responsibilities to the people. You are making this personal and it is going too far. I work and have responsibilities in Fredericton and I had my own power outage to deal with. I was on-call this past weekend and needed to check in on work. I’m responsible for certain things and I take that seriously and was trying to ensure that things were OK for the other people I work with and for. A pretty crazy notion, I know. You’re an MLA, yet your replies to me focus solely on you and your family. You do realize that you’re a representative for the people, right?
In the end, you are in a position to answer to the public Mr. Malloch, I am not. Even in a storm, it’s not all about you and your family, you have a responsibility to the public. If you don’t want that responsibility then you are in the wrong profession.
Unless you are prepared to apologize and offer a plan on how to correct the mistakes made during this past storm then there is nothing left to be said here.
His last reply:
Next time you can look in the phone book, and give the office a call. We could have tried to help, if we had known the situation, but never heard tell of it, until I received your first e-mail. Someone called just two days ago, and told me there was a wire across the driveway, and they we’re trapped without food. I got on the Phone, made two calls, and she called back a half hour later, and said thanks, it had been dealt with. There are lots of things I can try to help with, but unless I know, its hard to do anything. Thanks again for you kind words and encouragement. Curtis.
I am not replying to him again. Until there are leaders who recognize the need for an action plan for storms and actually create one and put it into action, this type of thing will just keep happening over and over again.
10 7 / 2014
It has come to my attention that it took five days for there to be a charging station and showers available to those that lost power in the St. Stephen-area.
My parents lost power for 3 days and I, from Fredericton, tried to find somewhere for them to go to charge up their cell phones (as their landline was out as well), take a shower and get more water (as they have a well) and I could find nothing. I checked the Town of St. Stephen FB page and website and the Saint Croix Courier FB page and could find nothing posted. In a time such as this, people should not have to hunt to find information like that. It should be made readily available and posted on multiple sites so that the word gets out. In fact, the first I heard of the high school being open to people was on a Fredericton radio station’s FB page!
I can appreciate that you have a generator and apparently the funds to run the generator for multiple days but not everyone is this fortunate.
To wait five days to offer this kind of service is ridiculous. With the phone lines being compromised, cell phones were one of the only ways to stay in contact with friends and family to ensure they were OK.
I feel like it needs reminding that just because it is summer and no one is in risk of freezing to death does not mean that everyone is automatically going to be OK.
I have not lived in Charlotte County in a long time so I did not know who you were until yesterday, but Mr. Malloch, I am incredibly disappointed in you and how you run things.
From what I have read online, there are many people disappointed with you and I can assure you, it will be reflected come election time.
Perhaps you should think about the community outside your generator-run house.
I heard back fro Curtis Malloch.
Here is his reply:
First of all I must say that I am a little disappointed myself! You said you didn’t know anything about me until yesterday, and you have judged me to no end in this e-mail! I have been elected for four years, and I have stood by these people in floods, ice storms, and now hurricanes. I have worked to try to make peoples lives easier through thick and thin. Between my office, and my home I have answered or returned over 80 calls, and assured people that we had lots of crews on the job, that it is the biggest storm in the Province’s history, and will be a slow process getting power restored. I agree with you on communications, and that information should be posted everywhere, which I tried very hard to do. I called the Radio Station, the papers, the Chamber of Commerce, and ask if they could get the town, and BIA to spread the word, which I know they all did. Now to address the time frame, the school was opened not too long after the rest of them were, and I hoped that it would be a positive thing, however you seem to think that it was not fast enough… I tried though, and I will continue to do so. Now for the last thing, my generator run house!! Shame on me to go out and get a Generator!! I have 3 children, between 3 and 10, 1austisic, and 1 non verbal, with some of the same traits as autism. They all deal with things in different ways, and I need to do what I can to be a father, the MOST important job in my life!! If that means going in DEBT to buy a generator to provide for them, then that is exactly what I will do!! and frankly I think should be no concern of yours. However I think by the tone of your e-mail, and the people you have shared it with, it was political more than anything. I hope that is not the case, but if it is, shame on you!! Taking peoples misfortunes, by way of disaster, and making political sunshine out of it!! I will tell you one more thing, if you can find a Political Party, that can promise no storms, or deal with the aftermath of them any more efficiently, let me know, they just might have my vote!! I hope this e-mail finds you well, and thank you for your kind words.
And my reply back to him.
My email had nothing to do with your political party. If you had been Liberal, I would have reacted in the same way (I am not tied to any one political party - not that it’s your business).
I never said there was anything wrong with you having a generator. Lots of people do. I simply suggested you think about those who do not have one. Even those that have one often cannot afford to run it for more than a few days. As you know, they are expensive to own and to run. You say you went into debt to get a generator - do you expect every resident to do that? It is not possible nor feasible. Most in condos or apartments would not even be able to use one due to the setup.
The communication during this whole outage was sub-par at best. How can you possibly think that waiting five days to open the school is satisfactory? With so many people in rural areas in Charlotte County, even those that saved some water to help flush the toilets would have been running out. Not too mention fresh drinking water and with landlines down, cell phones became a necessity and they need to be charged on a regular basis.
The response to this was not fast enough. Not even in the slightest. This is not just me who feels this way. Your quote on the Courier’s FB page is “Maybe it was a good time to open the school up”. Maybe? If you look at the comments online, people were and are upset at how long it took.
I found numerous postings online regarding services in St. Andrews and St. George on the weekend and I searched as best as I could to find something in the St. Stephen area and there was nothing until yesterday morning. If there was anything available before yesterday morning then whoever was responsible for posting information really dropped the ball. I made sure to check the Town of St. Stephen page (FB and the website) as well as the Courier’s page. Information regarding charging & water stations should be posted early and often so that when someone needs it, they can find it.
I live in Fredericton and lost power for several days myself and with no phone line, cell phone towers down, and a cell phone battery that was quickly dying, I needed to find information quickly and easily and it wasn’t there.
In the midst of my husband and I losing power, trying to keep cool and find food, I should not have had to spend my time trying to find ways to help my parents who live an hour and a half away. They had no power, no landline and a cell phone with no data signal so they were not able to find any information easily. They tried to find something themselves while in town and found nothing and spoke to others who were in the same situation.
The Mayor and council of St. Stephen should have reacted quickly and set things up as well (and I will be emailing the Mayor too) - this is not a personal attack on you but a message that this kind of slack in helping the residents get supplies is not acceptable. Answering emails and phone calls is fine and dandy but lip service won’t quench your thirst or charge your phone.
It is apparent that the more “extreme” types of weather are becoming common so the county and the province need to come up with a game plan to put into action as soon as something like this happens. Not five days later.
You can try to push the guilt back onto me Mr. Malloch, but it changes nothing. People needed help those first few days and they couldn’t find it.
This was a terrible storm but it was not Hurricane Sandy or Katrina. As soon as any community or public building had power restored, there should have been something set up for people to come charge devices and get some water if need be.
The people of Charlotte County want to feel safe after a big storm like Arthur. They want to know that those in positions of authority and power are going to help them and not just by assuring them that “we had lots of crews on the job”, but by ensuring there was somewhere for them to go if they needed something.
You may be “a little disappointed” in me for pointing out your failings as part of the government, but the government has failed the people of the St. Stephen-area and many of them are more than disappointed; they’re upset and angry.
I’m impressed he replied so quickly and that it was him that wrote me back. I expected a generic email from an intern. Good on him for taking the time to respond. I also enjoy how he ended his email thanking me for my kind words. He was pretty polite in his disappointment in me.
I mean it when I say above that this is not motivated by his political party. This has nothing to do with him being PC and everything to do with the fact that people were left for five days thinking they had essentially been abandoned by those in charge.
01 7 / 2014
Anonymous said: You're being so ignorant with your tweets. Hobby Lobby is a company that isn't going to support something they do not believe in. They aren't saying for people to not use birth control or any types of birth control. They just don't want to be the ones allowing it through their insurance. The company is being bashed for doing what they believe in while ignorant people like you get upset about it. If you don't agree don't work for them. It's simple
Hobby Lobby is a corporation. Corporations get certain benefits that people don’t: tax breaks, protection from criminal charges being filed, etc.
If Hobby Lobby would like to be a PERSON WITH RELIGIOUS BELIEFS, then Hobby Lobby should not get the protection of a corporation.
If Hobby Lobby had the courage of their religious convictions, they would not:
- Purchase products from China, which has an egregious policy of forced abortions;
- invest in companies that make the morning after pill, among other medications, that Hobby Lobby wants to forbid their employees from accessing.
If you are a human in the United States, it should not be up to your boss to decide what medicine is appropriate for you to take. It should be up to your doctor. Yes, and insurance company could deny you, but YOUR BOSS SHOULD NOT HAVE ANY DECISIONS WHEN IT COMES TO YOUR HEALTH CARE.
Hobby Lobby is totes cool with vasectomies and erectile dysfunction drugs.
One of the points people up is that Hobby Lobby doesn’t want to cover the Morning After Pill because it’s abortion. Except that the Morning After Pill ISN’T ABORTION. The Morning After Pill delays or inhibits ovulation. IT PREVENTS PREGNANCY. This is science. But maybe you think gravity is a myth, too.
Christian Scientists and Jehovah’s Witnesses traditionally do not believe in medicine. So I imagine you ‘re okay with a business run by someone who practices these faiths to not cover your mom’s chemo, or your diabetes medication, or a blood transfusion for your child.
Point six: (bonus round!)
I appreciate that you are so confident of your convictions that you are willing to put your name on your…oh wait. You’re anonymous.
#DrHobbyLobby prescribes taking up cross-stitch. May I recommend this one?