Gloucester wins six national awards

Gloucester wins six national awards

There are 24 comments on the Hampton Roads Daily Press story from Jul 18, 2009, titled Gloucester wins six national awards. In it, Hampton Roads Daily Press reports that:

Maybe Gloucester County's motto will have to change to "Land of the Awards Worth Winning." Gloucester, where the county claims to be the "Land of the Life Worth Living," recently picked up six awards from the National Association of Counties for innovative programs or initiatives.

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Whatever

Gloucester, VA

#1 Jul 19, 2009
Glad to see most of these awards... But the Meth Task Force, what a joke.. Go look at the minutes, they did nothing in two years but give a few talks, show films and have a few speakers for the committee and then spend a year planning for a public speaker (who cost $7,000) who gave two talks that were moderately attended in the morning session by Realtors and poorly attended in the evening when the students and parents were invited to attend. Great way to spend a lot of county staff time and money.... Has anyone ever seen a final plan published anywhere... I watch the BOS meetings and other than seeing an update or two about this committee I have never seen a finished "plan" published for dealing with Meth in our community..They have a website on the county's site, but most of the information is from 2006 when they started the committee, links to other resources and the Sheriff's Department's phone number. This could have been done by one person, so my question is why we wasted several years of staff time on this for so little final results. When the "Battle of the Hook" fails to get an award and this one does, one has to wonder what type of fantasy MR and TA wrote on the Meth Task Force entry form...
Cym

Gloucester, VA

#2 Jul 20, 2009
Sadly, I have to agree with part of your diatribe. Battle of the Hook deserved top billing.

I believe the Meth group has been modified to handle gangs and some other activities.......I think the members of the committee saw the same thing you did (unproductive), but also realized it was an opportunity to expand to areas where they could actually do some good in the future.
granny

Gloucester, VA

#3 Jul 20, 2009
Whatever wrote:
Glad to see most of these awards... But the Meth Task Force, what a joke.. Go look at the minutes, they did nothing in two years but give a few talks, show films and have a few speakers for the committee and then spend a year planning for a public speaker (who cost $7,000) who gave two talks that were moderately attended in the morning session by Realtors and poorly attended in the evening when the students and parents were invited to attend. Great way to spend a lot of county staff time and money.... Has anyone ever seen a final plan published anywhere... I watch the BOS meetings and other than seeing an update or two about this committee I have never seen a finished "plan" published for dealing with Meth in our community..They have a website on the county's site, but most of the information is from 2006 when they started the committee, links to other resources and the Sheriff's Department's phone number. This could have been done by one person, so my question is why we wasted several years of staff time on this for so little final results. When the "Battle of the Hook" fails to get an award and this one does, one has to wonder what type of fantasy MR and TA wrote on the Meth Task Force entry form...
What a joke, indeed! It is all smoke and mirrors with the foul four, folks. WE as taxpayers are paying NACO through the nose for membership, travel expenses, and now these bogus awards.

This quote on Matt's blog sums it all up:

Around the time the task force was created, new federal and state laws made it harder to get the ingredients that could be used to cook up batches of methamphetamine at home laboratories.

"That kind of nipped it in the bud," said Hicks, who was a member of the task force. "We didn't know we weren't going to have a problem. It seemed like a decent idea at the time."
granny

Gloucester, VA

#4 Jul 20, 2009
Cym wrote:
Sadly, I have to agree with part of your diatribe. Battle of the Hook deserved top billing.
I believe the Meth group has been modified to handle gangs and some other activities.......I think the members of the committee saw the same thing you did (unproductive), but also realized it was an opportunity to expand to areas where they could actually do some good in the future.
BUT the award was for a successful meth task force. NOT for expanding to areas where they can do some good in the future. Gangs? What crimes are they doing in Gloucester? Raping, robbing, mugging? Please be specific.
Pocketbook

Colonial Beach, VA

#5 Jul 20, 2009
Non-competitive awards for $50 a pop. Impressive.
witch hunt

United States

#6 Jul 20, 2009
Do I detect a bit of sour grapes?
granny

Urbanna, VA

#7 Jul 20, 2009
Pocketbook wrote:
Non-competitive awards for $50 a pop. Impressive.
LOL you can't lose with that criteria!!
Pocketbook

Colonial Beach, VA

#8 Jul 20, 2009
witch hunt wrote:
Do I detect a bit of sour grapes?
Just pay your taxes so they can waste it on the feel good awards they bought.
Think about it

United States

#9 Jul 20, 2009
Based on what I've read, most of those awards were won by the actions of the staff, some of who TA and MR wanted fired. Funny how that works, huh.

And I totally agree with bill on the Battle of the Hook. It was a great even which should have won something, but I guess it got crowded out with the Meth. Task Force submittal. Which I, like many others, feel it was a big deal about nothing.
granny

Urbanna, VA

#10 Jul 20, 2009
Think about it wrote:
Based on what I've read, most of those awards were won by the actions of the staff, some of who TA and MR wanted fired. Funny how that works, huh.
And I totally agree with bill on the Battle of the Hook. It was a great even which should have won something, but I guess it got crowded out with the Meth. Task Force submittal. Which I, like many others, feel it was a big deal about nothing.
maybe the battle of the hook event would not prove useful to TA....it was prbably not planned by her so..why would NACO honor it??
Back Yard

Gloucester, VA

#11 Jul 20, 2009
or maybe Mr. Burrus signed one of those darn petitions.
oy vey

Gloucester, VA

#12 Jul 20, 2009
Back Yard wrote:
or maybe Mr. Burrus signed one of those darn petitions.
Burruss - how do I put this graciously?- bowed out early, except to take bows in front of his superior officers.

Warren Deal picked up the reins when Bucky dropped 'em. Then Mr. Deal proceeded to execute a spectacular weekend in his quiet, dignified, efficient way.
Think about it

Parlin, NJ

#13 Jul 21, 2009
oy vey wrote:
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Burruss - how do I put this graciously?- bowed out early, except to take bows in front of his superior officers.
Warren Deal picked up the reins when Bucky dropped 'em. Then Mr. Deal proceeded to execute a spectacular weekend in his quiet, dignified, efficient way.
I heard the same thing, and knowing Mr. Deal the way I do, he deserves the credit for a great event. It was realistic, and a credit to those who put this together.
Cym

Gloucester, VA

#14 Aug 3, 2009
Think about it wrote:
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I heard the same thing, and knowing Mr. Deal the way I do, he deserves the credit for a great event. It was realistic, and a credit to those who put this together.
Wow, something we agree upon. Warren put his heart and soul into the event. There are somethings that Warren does well!
Cym

Gloucester, VA

#15 Aug 3, 2009
oy vey wrote:
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Burruss - how do I put this graciously?- bowed out early, except to take bows in front of his superior officers.
Warren Deal picked up the reins when Bucky dropped 'em. Then Mr. Deal proceeded to execute a spectacular weekend in his quiet, dignified, efficient way.
You just have a trashy mouth...that's how you put it. Warren did his job, Burruss did his. Obviously you were not part of the event. Does almost everyone (in Gloucester) online have to malign just for the sake of malignment? Your statements are unfounded and just mean, not even constructive.
hmmm

Gloucester, VA

#16 Aug 4, 2009
Cym wrote:
<quoted text>You just have a trashy mouth...that's how you put it. Warren did his job, Burruss did his. Obviously you were not part of the event. Does almost everyone (in Gloucester) online have to malign just for the sake of malignment? Your statements are unfounded and just mean, not even constructive.
Kettle, pot's calling....again.
Cym

Norfolk, VA

#17 Aug 5, 2009
hmmm wrote:
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Kettle, pot's calling....again.
Humor is always appreciated.
witch hunt

United States

#18 Aug 12, 2009
Cym wrote:
<quoted text>Humor is always appreciated.
No, this has all gone way beyond being funny.
granny

King William, VA

#19 Aug 20, 2009
these awards were a political ploy by ta and nothing more...sad that she believes such a thing will help her now
whoops

Gloucester, VA

#20 Sep 5, 2009
i did not realize the inbreeding went so far back....shut up granny

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