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ANTICHAMBER

Mount Pleasant, TX

#1 Aug 21, 2010
Well its in the newspapers and the preachers are asking for a boycott of ChickFest because Slims Bar & Grill will be having a Beer Garden. What really happens at ChickFest? There is a parade, a small carnival by the post office, some cookoffs, vendor booths selling food to junk. It starts at 8 AM and by 3 PM its hot and it dies off. The Chamber of Commerce did a SECRET vote because they are all too cowardly to tell people how they voted in the matter. Why should we expect anything less from them. The Chamber is composed of a small group of business people whom have really done nothing to benefit Pittsburg, unless it benefits their businesses personally. Ask alot of the merchants in town and they will tell you they are not members because the Chamber is worthless. How do you go from an accounts receiveable clerk at the Mt. Pleasant newspaper to a Chamber Director without knowing someone on the Chamber Board to hire you? Surely with all of the unemployed people the Chamber could have found a QUALIFIED person with EXPERIENCE. I know many applied. Go by the Chamber office. No one is ever in the office. I personally would like to know how the board members voted and why. What do you all think?
James

Mount Pleasant, TX

#2 Aug 21, 2010
I dropped membership from the Chamber a long time ago in Pittsburg. It appears their main function in life is to have a party at the end of the year to tell their members how great they are and to nominate people for awards, many not really deserving. An insurance agent, John Livingston, that was the Chamber President got the outstanding award the last year. When you looked at his resume it was really bland and DULL. I'm still trying to figure out why this guy got an award. He did'nt do anything to bring business into Pittsburg. The businessman that helped to restart the Chamber in Pittsburg after it had died previously dropped out of the Chamber and had stated that this guy was the worst thing that ever happened to the Chamber. I tend to agree.
Cricket

Longview, TX

#3 Aug 22, 2010
Your really open a can of worms when you ask for what people think about on a topic such as this. I would think you would want to get your facts straight before you post a comment. I am by no means saying that I side with the Chamber, the city, or Chickfest. The first thing you need to understand is that the beer garden is NOT a chamber sponsored event. Slims's Bar aquired 2 booth spaces for rent, went to the city council for approval and have to get approval from TABC. Thanks to the Pittsburg Gazette, it was reported there was a secret vote, which there was NOT. And again, you are quoting that ALL the preachers are asking for a boycott, which they are not. I don't agree with the beer garden, so my choice will be to attend chickfest and leave before the beer garden is open. I know that there is a business owner is town didn't approve of some decisions the chamber made a couple of years ago and has made it his mission in life to bring the chamber down. I wish I had the kind of time to spend on that type of effort. But my time is would be better spent elsewhere. I just get so tired of all the back and forth nonsense. I don't EVER respond to this type of junk, but I am just sick and tired of it. In a community this small, it is so disappointing to sit back and watch this type of bashing go on. Pittsburg has been through enough over the past couple of years, it is time for us to come together as a town. If I was an outsider looking in and saw this type of complaining going on, why would I want to shop, eat, or visit there. Enough is enough!! I am sure whoever wrote the entry that I am responding to will have a field day with my response, but again, if that is where you think you best effort should be put, I wish I had your kind of time.


ANTICHAMBER wrote:
Well its in the newspapers and the preachers are asking for a boycott of ChickFest because Slims Bar & Grill will be having a Beer Garden. What really happens at ChickFest? There is a parade, a small carnival by the post office, some cookoffs, vendor booths selling food to junk. It starts at 8 AM and by 3 PM its hot and it dies off. The Chamber of Commerce did a SECRET vote because they are all too cowardly to tell people how they voted in the matter. Why should we expect anything less from them. The Chamber is composed of a small group of business people whom have really done nothing to benefit Pittsburg, unless it benefits their businesses personally. Ask alot of the merchants in town and they will tell you they are not members because the Chamber is worthless. How do you go from an accounts receiveable clerk at the Mt. Pleasant newspaper to a Chamber Director without knowing someone on the Chamber Board to hire you? Surely with all of the unemployed people the Chamber could have found a QUALIFIED person with EXPERIENCE. I know many applied. Go by the Chamber office. No one is ever in the office. I personally would like to know how the board members voted and why. What do you all think?
Mark

Mount Pleasant, TX

#4 Aug 22, 2010
Asking people what they think is the purpose of this venue. Its a discussion board. Look at the entry above as it does not say ALL preachers. I encourge you to read more carefully. Alcohol at ChickFest is a hot issue and peope want to discuss it. You must be a chamber board member from your response or the chamber director. The Pittsburg Gazette is correct otherwise they would have done a recanting of their story in the paper. If you are correct then why has the paper not told the story you are telling? I would like to know who voted which way. If you want to be in a position of visibility then you need to be accountable for your actions. I can boycott ChickFest if I do not approve of what is going on and I can boycott your business if I do not agree with the way you voted. I think this is what you are most concerned of. Pittsburg is a small town and we are all tired of the small groups of people that try and sit on boards running the town when they cant even successfully run their own businesses. In case you have not looked around lately, the old are out and the new are in. Which one are you? I think it is clear dont you?
Betty

Tyler, TX

#5 Aug 23, 2010
Come on people....a kids carnival, a parade...I can't believe the city and the chamber would ramrod this down everyones throats. They must be taking notes from our President on doing the opposite of what the people want.
Jim

Tyler, TX

#6 Aug 23, 2010
ANTICHAMBER wrote:
Well its in the newspapers and the preachers are asking for a boycott of ChickFest because Slims Bar & Grill will be having a Beer Garden. What really happens at ChickFest? There is a parade, a small carnival by the post office, some cookoffs, vendor booths selling food to junk. It starts at 8 AM and by 3 PM its hot and it dies off. The Chamber of Commerce did a SECRET vote because they are all too cowardly to tell people how they voted in the matter. Why should we expect anything less from them. The Chamber is composed of a small group of business people whom have really done nothing to benefit Pittsburg, unless it benefits their businesses personally. Ask alot of the merchants in town and they will tell you they are not members because the Chamber is worthless. How do you go from an accounts receiveable clerk at the Mt. Pleasant newspaper to a Chamber Director without knowing someone on the Chamber Board to hire you? Surely with all of the unemployed people the Chamber could have found a QUALIFIED person with EXPERIENCE. I know many applied. Go by the Chamber office. No one is ever in the office. I personally would like to know how the board members voted and why. What do you all think?
Everyone knows it's who you know in Pittsburg and not what you know. Unfortunately it is usually to the detriment of the business or organization. This does explain alot of the questions I have had though.
Hondo

Tyler, TX

#7 Aug 23, 2010
I bet the beer gardens are a pretty safe event. I've been there before and the police station is directly across the street.
Maudee

Mount Pleasant, TX

#8 Aug 23, 2010
The Carson House, the best restaurant in Pittsburg closed,there's more business offices downtown than there are stores, good luck at trying to find a parking spot downtown if thats where you are trying to go, I circle the downtown area seven times trying to get a parking spot and finally gave up, so whats the motivation???
Cricket

United States

#9 Aug 24, 2010
Imagine a newspaper writing a incorrect story. Hum, like that would never happen! And to answer your question, I don't own a business here in Pittsburg, so boycotting me would not accomplish anything for you. And I am NOT a member of the chamber. I don't agree with the beer garden, but my question is this: Where were all these protesters when a vote was made to allow alcohol sales in the city limits by businesses? Where were the people when it went before the city council TWICE for a vote to allow the beer garden? That is when the topic should have been a hot topic, not after it is too late. The purpose of my comments was to say that people want to sit back and complain about things AFTER the fact. Not just this topic, but most. That is why I encourage people to get involved before it gets this far. As far as which one I am, the old or new, isn't the issue here. I don't serve on any boards or any elected positions. I am just a concerned citizen that is just fed up with the constant bickering. The reason I am ready for Chickfest to get here is so that it can be over with and all of this will be done. But I am sure another topic will soon fill it's place!!
Mark wrote:
Asking people what they think is the purpose of this venue. Its a discussion board. Look at the entry above as it does not say ALL preachers. I encourge you to read more carefully. Alcohol at ChickFest is a hot issue and peope want to discuss it. You must be a chamber board member from your response or the chamber director. The Pittsburg Gazette is correct otherwise they would have done a recanting of their story in the paper. If you are correct then why has the paper not told the story you are telling? I would like to know who voted which way. If you want to be in a position of visibility then you need to be accountable for your actions. I can boycott ChickFest if I do not approve of what is going on and I can boycott your business if I do not agree with the way you voted. I think this is what you are most concerned of. Pittsburg is a small town and we are all tired of the small groups of people that try and sit on boards running the town when they cant even successfully run their own businesses. In case you have not looked around lately, the old are out and the new are in. Which one are you? I think it is clear dont you?
Lynette

Tyler, TX

#10 Aug 24, 2010
Cricket wrote:
Imagine a newspaper writing a incorrect story. Hum, like that would never happen! And to answer your question, I don't own a business here in Pittsburg, so boycotting me would not accomplish anything for you. And I am NOT a member of the chamber. I don't agree with the beer garden, but my question is this: Where were all these protesters when a vote was made to allow alcohol sales in the city limits by businesses? Where were the people when it went before the city council TWICE for a vote to allow the beer garden? That is when the topic should have been a hot topic, not after it is too late. The purpose of my comments was to say that people want to sit back and complain about things AFTER the fact. Not just this topic, but most. That is why I encourage people to get involved before it gets this far. As far as which one I am, the old or new, isn't the issue here. I don't serve on any boards or any elected positions. I am just a concerned citizen that is just fed up with the constant bickering. The reason I am ready for Chickfest to get here is so that it can be over with and all of this will be done. But I am sure another topic will soon fill it's place!!
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So Illinois on your locality is not correct since you are a concerned citizen as you state? You sure seem to be knowledgeable of the minute details of this matter from more than what the newspapers have printed and I believe that is why they believe you are in the chamber. I called the Pittsburg Gazette and they stated their information in the paper was correct and no retraction will be made. So, I encourage you to get a retraction to clear up this matter. I believe its the same old business people in town, on the chamber board, that got caught doing something and now no one wants to admit what they did now because it might impact their business. Imagine that! The truth is stranger than fiction in Pittsburg.
Madeline

Tyler, TX

#11 Aug 24, 2010
I looked at the chamber website and who was on the board at the chamber. Boy if that doesn't answer some questions as to whom is stirring the pot nothing will. I would also like to know how these people voted on the matter. It seems they have Pittsburg up in arms over the matter. This has been on the radio, television and in the newspaper. How embarrassing for Pittsburg. I agree, these people all want to be in charge, but no one wants to be responsible. Some act like they are big into the church yet they are never in church. If they are confronted by the press watch as they will all run and hide like rats on a sinking ship.
screwedover

Mount Pleasant, TX

#12 Aug 24, 2010
ANTICHAMBER wrote:
Well its in the newspapers and the preachers are asking for a boycott of ChickFest because Slims Bar & Grill will be having a Beer Garden. What really happens at ChickFest? There is a parade, a small carnival by the post office, some cookoffs, vendor booths selling food to junk. It starts at 8 AM and by 3 PM its hot and it dies off. The Chamber of Commerce did a SECRET vote because they are all too cowardly to tell people how they voted in the matter. Why should we expect anything less from them. The Chamber is composed of a small group of business people whom have really done nothing to benefit Pittsburg, unless it benefits their businesses personally. Ask alot of the merchants in town and they will tell you they are not members because the Chamber is worthless. How do you go from an accounts receiveable clerk at the Mt. Pleasant newspaper to a Chamber Director without knowing someone on the Chamber Board to hire you? Surely with all of the unemployed people the Chamber could have found a QUALIFIED person with EXPERIENCE. I know many applied. Go by the Chamber office. No one is ever in the office. I personally would like to know how the board members voted and why. What do you all think?
I applied for the chamber director position and am far more qualified than the person that received the job....an accounts receiveable clerk! Talk about having to know someone to get a job. I have direct experience in the position, the main qualifying factor this person does not have! What an eye opener. I need to contact the workforce commission tomorrow to see where I need to complain. These people have stuck their neck out hiring someone without experience and biasing others whom were qualified. Surely they can get in some sort of trouble for this. Anyone know?
Cricket

United States

#13 Aug 25, 2010
Not really sure why it is showing Illinois on my entry, but I assure you, I live in Pittsburg. And I also assure you I am not on the chamber. I am not even a fan of the chamber. The way people hear or conceive information is always different. That is why there is always so many different facts on a topic. At this time, what ever happens, happens. My time and effort will be better spent on efforts that I can make a difference on. So good luck with this forum and I hope you can get accomplished with your wishes. I hope EVERYONE is safe from all the decisions that have been made.
Lynette wrote:
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So Illinois on your locality is not correct since you are a concerned citizen as you state? You sure seem to be knowledgeable of the minute details of this matter from more than what the newspapers have printed and I believe that is why they believe you are in the chamber. I called the Pittsburg Gazette and they stated their information in the paper was correct and no retraction will be made. So, I encourage you to get a retraction to clear up this matter. I believe its the same old business people in town, on the chamber board, that got caught doing something and now no one wants to admit what they did now because it might impact their business. Imagine that! The truth is stranger than fiction in Pittsburg.
Dairy Queen Murray

Salem, OR

#14 Aug 25, 2010
"They use to have a theater, but it burnt down. Now everybody call us a Hick Town." Years ago some of us then kids thought the old C&W song described us to a Tee, still does. What a bunch of picayune sniping.
papanacho

Mount Pleasant, TX

#15 Aug 25, 2010
Dairy Queen Murray wrote:
"They use to have a theater, but it burnt down. Now everybody call us a Hick Town." Years ago some of us then kids thought the old C&W song described us to a Tee, still does. What a bunch of picayune sniping.
ok :) that was interesting.
papanacho

Mount Pleasant, TX

#16 Aug 25, 2010
screwedover wrote:
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I applied for the chamber director position and am far more qualified than the person that received the job....an accounts receiveable clerk! Talk about having to know someone to get a job. I have direct experience in the position, the main qualifying factor this person does not have! What an eye opener. I need to contact the workforce commission tomorrow to see where I need to complain. These people have stuck their neck out hiring someone without experience and biasing others whom were qualified. Surely they can get in some sort of trouble for this. Anyone know?
I would call the labor board and ask them. They could probably direct you. Why should they even bother interviewing people if it is a fixed hire anyway? They waste their time and yours trying to look like they are a reputable organization.
shrek

Mount Pleasant, TX

#17 Aug 26, 2010
Lynette wrote:
<quoted text>
So Illinois on your locality is not correct since you are a concerned citizen as you state? You sure seem to be knowledgeable of the minute details of this matter from more than what the newspapers have printed and I believe that is why they believe you are in the chamber. I called the Pittsburg Gazette and they stated their information in the paper was correct and no retraction will be made. So, I encourage you to get a retraction to clear up this matter. I believe its the same old business people in town, on the chamber board, that got caught doing something and now no one wants to admit what they did now because it might impact their business. Imagine that! The truth is stranger than fiction in Pittsburg.
imagine someone writing a bunch of bs and then stating they don't know why their fake identity is popping up. i think the chamber got caught with its pants down and is now scrambling to recover.
Michele

Tyler, TX

#18 Aug 30, 2010
I saw this matter has been approved as it is the job of the chamber to promote business, per the chamber president. The chamber may find this to be their most profitable venture yet and is why they are helping to promote it. Anyone thought about that?
Holly

Mount Pleasant, TX

#20 Aug 30, 2010
oh boy what a discussion
Vernon

Tyler, TX

#21 Aug 31, 2010
Fogetaboutit!:)

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