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Old July 13 2009, 08:40 PM   #1
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My council is here to help me ~ oh Joy

So I had a leaflet through my door this evening from my 'neighbourhood council' welcoming me to the newsletter ~ there were no cocktails or hor's d'ouvres so I was not impressed already

On the front page was a very rough map of where in my town I live ~ thanks for that I am now secure in the fact that after a night out I can get within a mile of home.

In the middle pages (it was more an A4 page folded in half) I learnt that we have 3 middle aged persons that have been trained to use the speed indicator device (SID oh the humour), we have 'Rangers' that will clear vegetation from growing over traffic signs (the amusing thing here is whoever put the leaflet together reversed the photo so it made no sense) and included last years 'town in bloom' winners. I have a flat with no garden ~ why not give me a paper cut and rub lemon juice into it?

On the last page, however, I am assured that I am very lucky to have my own dedicated tree warden who I can contact via The Clerk. I don't have a garden, I don't have a shrub, I don't have a window box ~ for crying out loud I don't have an indoor plant or even a bloody cactus. Why in hell's name do I need a dedicated tree warden

Does anyone else suffer this patronising crap?
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Old July 13 2009, 08:45 PM   #2
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Re: My council is here to help me ~ oh Joy

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Does anyone else suffer this patronising crap?
Even though I resigned my membership from church the moment I 'became of age' the church across the street from where I live still puts their weekly (monthly?) flyers through my mailbox! -don't they realise it's a waste of their members money?
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Old July 13 2009, 08:46 PM   #3
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Re: My council is here to help me ~ oh Joy

Well, the poor schmoes...clearly they have no market research on who this thing actually goes to, although you'd think that a quick walk (perhaps using that fine, fine map?) would tell them a little something.

Or maybe it isn't even "schmoes" in the plural. Maybe it's just one schmoe, and I'd guess that he or she has a garden...

And I might also guess, although I might wait until I get the next one so as to have more data, that it's quite possible that this person/these people are really only interested in the residents who have gardens. It's a working theory, anyway, though I hope I'm wrong.
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Old July 13 2009, 08:50 PM   #4
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The cut-down 7-word British version of Reagan's famous "9 most terrifying words in the English language".
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Old July 13 2009, 08:52 PM   #5
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Re: My council is here to help me ~ oh Joy

I get a monthly newsletter every month from the town I live in that's actually pretty useful and informative.
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Old July 13 2009, 09:01 PM   #6
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Re: My council is here to help me ~ oh Joy

I get a newsletter about the town and all the WONDERFUL things the town is wasting our tax money on (ANOTHER new dump truck, we have 14 now... remodeled offices at the sewer plant... things like that.)

The other news letter comes out a couple times a year. It's a newletter put out by the owners of the Nuclear Power Plant, and it details upcoming maintenance projects, planned shutdowns, events sponsored by Constellation Nuclear and stuff of that nature.

...of the two I find the nuclear thingy newletter more interesting and useful than the town rag.
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Old July 13 2009, 10:00 PM   #7
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I don't get newsletters from my town. And who gives out newsletters in THIS day & AGE?
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Old July 13 2009, 10:04 PM   #8
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I live in a village, long since ruined by add on developments, yet every time one is in the planning stages, some of the local residents still send out the plans and ask us all to object.

its sweet that they care, but there are others bits of the village, which cold do with their attention, and the problems they highlight are at best half true and could be easily solved.
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Old July 13 2009, 10:10 PM   #9
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I don't get newsletters from my town. And who gives out newsletters in THIS day & AGE?
57% of our town is "old people" who complain about everything, pass laws to punish the youngsters and block anything that may change "property values."

The Library has 12 internet computers, and a strict time limit, and even stricter filtering. Also the computers are four generations behind and haven't been deloused since I stopped volunteering five years ago.

...the old people come in bitch about the "kids" using the computers and there not being any time for the "tax payers" to use 'em... sooo we set up classes for Senior Citizens and special "senior only" computer times... Went so far as to reserve two computers for "55 and Older. "

All this is Free, mind you! 100% Free! No charge!

No one shows up.


...long story short this is why we have mailed newsletters around here. The people who want this sort of information aren't savvy enough to get it any other way.
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Old July 13 2009, 10:41 PM   #10
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Re: My council is here to help me ~ oh Joy

A couple of organizations I'm affiliated with have done surveys on old-fashioned paper newsletters vs. electronic newsletters. Really. And even among people who are computer savvy there is a strong sentiment (I think it might be growing, though I'll have to wait a while to see) that a nice, clean, concise, and easy-to-read newsletter is preferable to yet ANOTHER email, which they would probably delete half the time without noticing it much less reading it.

I don't have the exact figures handy, but for regular users of the Internet, it was more that 50 percent in favor of a hardcopy newsletter, and even some of the rest wanted the newsletter in both paper and electronic formats. Between those two groups, a clear majority of regular users of the Internet still like a paper newsletter, so long as it's short and easy to read. Only a relatively small number (maybe 30 percent or so) wanted it electronically only.

And of course among those who aren't email savvy, the figures were even lopsidedly in favor of a printed newsletter.

I think there are just a lot of people out there who even though they depend on email also think they get way too much of it and who still like the idea of reading a newsletter at their convenience when they happen to have a few minutes to spare. In fact, now that I think about it, I'm one of those people!

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Old July 13 2009, 10:46 PM   #11
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You know what my council is doing for me? They're SAVING THE ENVIRONMENT! I have a recycling bin! But...hang on, what's this? You won't be collecting it regularly? And...if I over fill it, I have to take my recycling to the tip myself? In a car?

Um...what?
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Old July 13 2009, 10:54 PM   #12
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Re: My council is here to help me ~ oh Joy

I don't get any newsletters through regular mail. Only via e-mail, and that's one I asked for (Major League Baseball ).
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Old July 13 2009, 11:28 PM   #13
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Re: My council is here to help me ~ oh Joy

I occasionally get the Renfrewshire newsletter thing telling me that the children are wondering and old people are an asset to the community.

It reads like a tourist guide. In reality the bulk of the children are stab happy morons and the bulk of the pensioners are the types who arrive at my old workplace at 6am and complain that we're not open yet - despite being told every day we open at 8.

It tends to also tell us how safe and wonderful the community is in complete denial of all the crime in the area or the letters the council sends threatening us if we leave our bins out.
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Old July 13 2009, 11:46 PM   #14
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Re: My council is here to help me ~ oh Joy

Mmh, I don't get any newsletters from my town. But then again, my town is really big and really broke. So it would be a waste of money better invested in the police or roads repair or some such thing, anyway. Going by that logic, we should actually have one...
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Old July 14 2009, 12:36 AM   #15
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Re: My council is here to help me ~ oh Joy

Our neighborhood puts out a monthly magazine. It has:

Open and closing times for the pools and waterpark.
How to sign up to use the tennis courts.
What types of riding lessons you can get at the stables.
What bands are playing in the neighborhood amphitheater.
What day trips the HOA has arranged for kids, teen and adults.
What exercise classes are available in the neighborhood gym and how much they cost.
Improvements and construction news.
Services the HOA provides for homeowners.
Special seasonal events, like the summer outdoor movies or blood drives or bake sales.
Ads from the businesses of residents and news about the neighborhood's sports teams. We have a swim team, a soccer team and a softball team.

And we currently take advantage of NONE of these things at all. We used to use the free gym and go to one of the pools, but we haven't done that in AGES. We didn't even go to the fireworks show on the 4th.

If I told how much our HOA fees are, you'd probably have a stroke.
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