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‘Windfall’ guy defends his choice of words

Published: Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013 1:15 a.m. CDT

The Telegraph has politely not used my name as the speaker (at the open town hall meeting) who called the $40 million a “windfall.” My good and respected friend, Geoff Vanderlin, was quick to correct my choice of words moments later.

Since it has shown up in the Telegraph again by Mr. Giuliani on Oct. 21, page A5, I thought I should consult the dictionary. Webster’s New World Dictionary states, “windfall, n. (2.) Any unexpected acquisition, gain, or stroke of good luck.”

Well, I sure did not expect nearly that much from the “auditor, bank, et al” lawsuit, so to me, it was unexpected. Therefore, I stand firm on my choice of the word.

The Telegraph has my permission to quote me by name in the future. Just because I called it a “windfall” did not mean it was “pork barrel taxes” for frivolous government spending.

My first suggestion was to pay off the debt. Then, if any money is not owed, return it to the Dixon citizens in tax breaks. Other speakers suggest lower water bills. That would be easier to put in place and help anyone who pays a water bill. 

Unfortunately, when Paula Meyer showed the “simple” balance sheet, it was pretty obvious to me, anyway, there really was no money left for any of us to beg for. But we all had fun pretending like it was a “Dear Santa” meeting.

I am a proud believer in the tea party. The tea party wants only less taxes so big government will not actually have a real “Dear Santa” power to just spend money (that used to be mine and every other taxpayer’s) foolishly.

For today, that is my vocabulary and fiscal responsibility lesson. Laughing out loud. Geoff, you did not know I had a dictionary.

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