Flippin' Amsterdam Blog

Obey Your Master

According to local folklore, courtesy of the local airwaves, the city has “people leaving in droves” and the number of houses for sale is skyrocketing with virtually every home on the market compared to a few months ago and last year. Or so we’re told...

Expected and Expected

This is surprising how?:  Norwegian media are reporting that Snoop Dogg was briefly detained in Norway after entering the country with marijuana and a large amount of cash. Not to play journalist here, but a real story would be one where Snoop had no weed and no...

Tip of the Hat

Best of luck to Dan Weaver as he reprioritizes even though it comes at the expense of informed public discourse.   

Parking Lot 1000

A prevalent meme in the city budget saga centers on the claim that hire of a director for the Community and Economic Development Department (CEDD) is wholly unnecessary; indeed, it’s claimed, that we have the city IDA and “the County” doing that for us already....

NBA Game 6

Burning Question on the Game 6 OKC vs Spurs: What happened to clock management in the last 40 seconds or so? It appeared that the Spurs simply threw it in.  

City versus Town

Dan Weaver poses the strategic question to development: Editorial – Is the Sale of the City of Amsterdam’s Water to the Towns Contributing to the City’s Decline? Although I’ve hit upon this before (here and here), let me answer the question again– the answer is ‘Mostly...

Meme Watch – June 2012

Here we go: “line-by-line” — apparently the way to administer and manage a $27 million budget is to review it line by line just like people do with their family budgets.  Because we all know your household budget precisely mirrors municipal budgets: families collect tax...

Wonderland 12010

I have many names for the budget process , some more impolite than others, so it’s hard to temper comments on the Corporation Counsel controversy as that now entwines itself in the budget controversy. But let me ask a few questions , impolite I’m afraid:...