Saturday, May 10, 2008

Apologies to Pete Seeger: Where have all the fine coats gone? Long time paassing. Where have all the fine coats gone? Long time ago

To the Salvaaaation Arrramy
Senior residents of Fayetteville might have been able to listen to Pete Seeger's song online a few weeks ago
Listen live: Where have all the flowers gone? Long time passing. Where have all the flowers gone? Long time ago

but not likely again anytime soon.
No one knew who owned the coats left over from winter in the pool room; so the Senior Center staff allegedly donated them to the Salvation Army after putting up a warning note a few days earlier, according to some of the pool players. The guy who owned the only one hanging there on Friday saw people looking at his and said, "please don't take my coat."

Where have all the Internet phone cords gone? Into the director's office to be checked out and plugged in "at the director's discretion," according to a woman who asked the director about them.

Strife builds between seniors, center officials

Where has the only computer less than 10 years old gone? To be locked down to keep people from "looking at porn," according to a part-time staff member.
Please click on photo to ENLARGE.

The inability to get online was discovered by two women who were wanting to see this Web log online.
Please click on photo to ENLARGE

One assumes that the staff members have time to check out and plug in computer cords whenever requested. They don't need to be out raising money or spinning their side of their recent bullying tactics that have resulted in the volunteer advisory council being told they meet only at the discretion of the director.
So far, the result of bringing their rudeness to the seniors to the attenton of higher officials and the media has resulted only in more intimidating tactics.
When will they ever learn? When will they every learn? Listen here:

Where have all the flowers gone? Long time passing. Where have all the flowers gone? Long time ago

Anybody been told who rented the center for a wedding or something of the sort this weekend?
The only reason for the director putting so much effort into moving furniture and tossing out things that had been kept and used in the center for years is the desire to make it desirable to young men who want the wonderful city-owned facility for a wedding.
The only excuse for the way things have gone lately is that the pressure on the director to raise money has created anxiety and stress that has made her main focus — the comfort and convenience of the senior users of the center — difficult to maintain.
She is caught in a difficult position. It appears to be the responsibility of the seniors — many of whom survived World War II and the Great Depression — to understand and forgive her impatience. She has had some recent tough times.
The people she has seemingly come to fear and distrust are some of the most loving and caring people she'll ever know.
Let's try to show her that.

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