Sanitation Service Authority Goes Out to Tender

The following tender which was placed in the weekend newspaper is interesting from a few angles.

  • Replies to the tender have to be submitted by Oct 13th;
  • Trucks and equipment have to be delivered 90 days thereafter;
  • There are vague descriptions of trucks and equipment and no technical specifications was made available.

A few other observations can be made (10 marks).

63 comments

  • David
    Maybe the criminals are using this fake process to disqualify all, but one

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  • Whatever happened to the green garbage trucks that were in the Bridgetown Port?

    Is it normal for the names of the tenderers to be left off the envelope?

    Since there are no specifications I can only assume that one can submit toy replicas, it does not rule out left hand drives or right hand drives, new does not always exclude reconditioned, What if the new truck is an unused truck that has been sitting for 5 years?What about the use of gas or diesel, what happens if a tender is submitted for an electric vehicle? Should there not be an indication of the horse power of the engine?
    Should a front loader be bought as opposed to a side loader or a rear loader? Should the loading be automatic or semi automatic?

    How large are two large garbage trucks?
    How small are two small garbage trucks?

    How can the vehicles demonstrate durability and fitness for purpose if they are no specification?

    Sounds like a very low lowe down.

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  • @ David

    Does this have anything to do with the mysterious garbage trucks that were parked in port several months ago?

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  • It will be as always: They buy overpriced vehicles (at least 200 % more expensive than in Europe or North America) and they receive a kick-back. After one year the vehicles need servicing, but the extra parts are missing or it takes half a year for delivery. Then the trucks break down and the story starts again …

    Barbados was once a plantation and will be plantation in the nearer future.

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  • Or is this the beginning of a privatization process?

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  • “toys”. LOL.

    The silly season is coming and must be financed at any cost.

    After the election, we will also see a fleet of huge Antonovs landing in Barbados to pick up all the premium cars, Miele washers, Italian furniture and other expensive stuff of our loved plantation elite for the purpose of relocation to Miami, Toronto and Switzerland or any other place with a DLP branch. That must be financed to by the Barbadian taxpayer aka slaves of the 21st century.

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  • Frustrated Businessman has been on BU alleging for years of bribe taking and corruption to unprecedented levels.

    I never disbelieved him but could not understand how this kind of corruption could be so wide spread among people who come and tell you……vote for me, I want to serve you.

    I was taken back a few nights ago whilst at a reception to hear a friend was saying that his good friend wanted to sell his business……..he was lucky to get an overseas buyer……regulations had to be followed…….when the corrupt morons stepped in, they told the overseas investor that the money would have to be lodged in the Central Bank before the owner gets it and four of them had to get their cut up front ………they got their cut but the local man lost the sale……….unbelievable!

    Evil!

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  • How can a proper bid be prepared and submitted for tender in 3 weeks ?………..

    but it is Barbados and amazing things can happen.

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  • Prodigal,

    If so, does it mean that civil servants at Central Bank are involved in these activities? If yes, they cannot be trusted one minute when they talk about FX reserves. There could even be no cent left.

    However, foreigners from the North won´t be shocked when they are asked for some Baḫšiš. For the First World, bribes, crime, laziness, sun and sand belong together, when they think of the Caribbean. No foreign investors will expect ONE honest politician, judge or civil servant in the Deep South.

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  • I don’t believe anything that is said by these people. Take recent comments by the Minister of Finance for instance:
    October 3 2017
    Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler insists the economy is on course for a return to growth despite the most recent downgrade by Standard and Poor’s (S&P).
    According to Central Bank forecasts, he said, the island was likely to register between 1.5 and 1.7 per cent growth, falling short of the two per cent predicted prior to this year’s Budget.
    October 3 2017
    Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs Chris Sinckler has conceded that the Barbados economy will not grow by two per cent this year. In fact, given the impact of Government’s “tight” fiscal programme, he told reporters that growth was more likely to be in the range of 0.5 per cent and 0.7 per cent in 2017, which is in keeping with the forecast made by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) back in June
    October 4
    The Barbados Sustainable Recovery Plan 2017 will be “bold, practical and implementable”. This disclosure came today from Minister of Finance, Christopher Sinckler.

    Sustainable Recovery Plan? This is plan/strategy number what? Are we recovering/on track or not?

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  • NorthernObserver

    @Heather has covered some of the glaring specification inadequacies.
    They want new equipment, which one must assume they staff and maintain, and the period is one year? Are they duty free?
    And why isn’t there a public opening of the tenders?
    It is obvious a “fix” is on. Who is going to import several million dollars worth of equipment, and supply (lease?) it for 1 year, without a maintenance contract, knowing full well elections are around the corner.
    Otherwise they would ask for a supply and maintenance tender, without concern if the equipment is new, but back charge for down time.

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  • Eternal vigilance is the price of democracy

    And no it was NOT Lowe the above can be attributed!

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  • Before we pronounce on what is Lowe should we include on the role of the civil/public servant in the transaction?

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  • NorthernObserver

    LOL…ya mean de one who en know effin de Chairman of the SSA is a he or a she? Or ya feel a change in Chair is imminent?

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  • Has the new Board been appointed? Note Lowe had issues with the Board of Caves Barbados as well where an embarrassing legal fee was paid to Richard Byer, clerk of parliament, to vet a vanilla legal document.

    Here is what Lowe mouthed in 2012. What is the status?

    http://gisbarbados.gov.bb/blog/sanitation-service-authority-to-be-restructured/

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  • David

    You are.mistaken to presume that either old time sayings or bureacratic systems can protect what you think of as democratic norms

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  • @Pacha

    The old time saying is a universal truth. At the core of any workable system exist humanbeings whose intentions must be honourable, people of integrity; possess with the right bend philosophically

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  • Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger.

    Been a couple years the SSA has no trucks, they only now put out tender…fraud tender, like fraud lawsuit, scum politicians and their bribers.

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  • Sunshine Sunny Shine

    Anything involving Low Low should be under serious scrutiny. Not surprised that all of a sudden they would announce that they have found the money to buy trucks. It was predicted long before, that as the general election draws near everything that these crooked shites could not do then, they will find the money that they say did not have to do it now. You know they ain’t or might not be any transparency in the purchasing of these trucks. Low Lowe must be watched carefully because, in the last gine downs, someone got to get theirs before all good things come to an end.

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  • Dentistry Whisperer (M. Pharm. D) LinkedIN

    Is Mr. Herman Lowe (new BLP candidate) the son of Lowe’s Laundry from Baxters Road.? Was his nick name “Brickey”? Back in the 60’s the family car was a Zhepher Ford (M 2418) and he worked as assistant front store manager at Collins pharmacy on Broad Street? Pass on to Elombe.RegardsHaynes Darlington (CCPE, M. Pharm. D) 

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  • @ Dentistry Whisperer

    The BLP has no candidate by the name of Herman Lowe. Check your facts before placing such misleading statements otherwise they may be construed as being deliberately mischievous and malicious.

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  • Frustrated Businessman: Animal Farm sequel playing out in Bim.

    This deal for garbage trucks and equipment was done between the teefin gov’t ministers and their lackies months ago.

    This ‘invitation to tender’ is a joke, a very poor attempt at the pretence that the system for gov’t acquisition is transparent and fair.

    Where is our investigative journalism?

    Where is the opposition?

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  • David

    Why can’t you ever conceive of the people taking care of their affairs themselves, no politicians,

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  • @FB

    Not sure if this situation deserves superfluous interventions from shadow minister Wilfred Abrahams.

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  • @Pacha

    There being no antecedents to inform what you advocate for we have to support the parallel arguments that hopefully will converge one day. Hopefully before Dr.GP and BT’s Rapture.

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  • Frustrated Businessman: Animal Farm sequel playing out in Bim.

    Prodigal Son October 4, 2017 at 10:39 PM #
    Frustrated Businessman has been on BU alleging for years of bribe taking and corruption to unprecedented levels.

    I never disbelieved him but could not understand how this kind of corruption could be so wide spread among people who come and tell you……vote for me, I want to serve you.

    As damaging as corruption always is, it is this DLP gov’t’s overtness that has completely wiped out any chance of foreign investment in BDS for the past 8 years and with it, any chance of economic recovery.

    It is openly discussed on golf courses and at cocktail parties.

    These petty criminals and thieves don’t understand that in 1st world countries, even having the discussion can get you landed in gaol.

    So when a criminal like DelMastro, a man with a proven track record for criminal financial activities, pays two DLP ministers 1 million US$ to bring his particular brand of foreign teefin investment here, and goes around telling anyone who will listen how cheap our local minister whores are compared to others he’s bribed, word gets out on the international business circuits quickly.

    In international business circles we are a joke.

    There was never any chance of economic recovery under Fumble’s Teefin Fools.

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  • Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger.

    Ah guess RCMP now knows Del Mastro has been bribing foreign public officials if they did not know before, it’s against Canadian law, let’s hope they keep him in Canada indefinitely..

    So….2 bribed ministers….minister of international business …Dumbville.

    Minister of……fine ants.

    Those think they are smarter than anyone else, the scams have worked for them for years….both political parties..

    Take away their diplomatic passports, not one seat..

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  • David

    There ate examples everywhere but you choose not to see. What’s so special about having political masters. Don’t we have to master other aspects of life ourselves.

    Btw, we have chosen Hell before nonsense heavens

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  • millertheanunnaki

    @ Frustrated Businessman: Animal Farm sequel playing out in Bim. October 5, 2017 at 7:40 AM

    The lowedown minister of garbage cannot pull off this one on his own. He must get the witting cooperation of both the Board and senior management of that statutory body with the PS of the parent ministry turning a blind eye.

    Just another scam to bilk taxpayers by making it like some legit transparent process.

    Even the advertisement for the tender is poorly written; just a copy and paste regurgitation of some old tender details making reference to a “Commissioner of Inland Revenue” long replaced by the BRA.

    We shall see if the Opposition does not put a spoke in Lowedown’s crooked wheel by threatening to investigate and call to account not the minister but the chief accounting officers involved in the chain of any possible financial malfeasance should such allegations be established as genuine.

    And don’t let any potential bidder for a briber off the hook. Let them be aware that they would be subject to a thorough investigation by the Audit arm of the BRA in order to establish the commercial justification and genuineness for all payments made in respect of the application and winning of the tender.

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  • Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger.

    “Even the advertisement for the tender is poorly written; just a copy and paste regurgitation of some old tender details making reference to a “Commissioner of Inland Revenue” long replaced by the BRA.”

    Lol

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  • The Folly Of Bajan Fools

    @David King, Wilfred Abrahams is fickle and will fizzle as a minister

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  • Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger.

    “Where is our investigative journalism?

    Where is the opposition?”

    The one is useless, the other is busy with a faux lawsuit.

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  • millertheanunnaki

    @ The Folly Of Bajan Fools October 5, 2017 at 9:35 AM

    Do you mean like Stinkliar? “Fickle and fizzle” is an endearing term of an understatement compared to the crash and burn misfortune of the poor Pinocchio fella.

    Even Icarus himself would have pity on the arithmetically-challenged boy who still has to grow to become man in the world of economics and finance.

    A classic case of the “Peter Principle” in operation for the last 7 years of pure economic mismanagement and sheer incompetence dressed in a suit of pure madness.

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  • Heather October 4, 2017 at 10:00 PM #
    Is it normal for the names of the tenderers to be left off the envelope?

    Yes it is normal for the names of the tenderers to be left off the envelope.

    However I have never seen, as in this case, the actual tender document published in the press because the tender document is usually multiple pages with the requirements, specifications, terms and conditions etc etc.

    As you and other commenters have said what has been published is a joke. Unfortunately, at the expense of taxpayers.

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  • Have we had a response to this from the BLP and more of interest the other governments in waiting read third parties?

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  • WW&C

    You previously attacked the Government for failing to give black businessmen a chance at sanitation contracts.

    Now the Govrrnment has opened a bidding process and if unsuccessful bidders do not like the results, they can file protests. They can also publicly challenge the integrity of the contract award system.

    So why not keep an open mind for now and let the process play out instead of piling on.

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  • Frustrated Businessman: Animal Farm sequel playing out in Bim.

    Chad99999 October 5, 2017 at 12:26 PM #
    WW&C

    You previously attacked the Government for failing to give black businessmen a chance at sanitation contracts.

    Now the Govrrnment has opened a bidding process and if unsuccessful bidders do not like the results, they can file protests. They can also publicly challenge the integrity of the contract award system.

    You are an idiot.

    It is not a ‘bidding process’ when there are no equipment specifications and actual tender documents to bid on.

    What your gov’t has ‘opened’ to use your word is another teefin scam thinly veiled as competitive contract bidding.

    Not long now………………

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  • FB

    Show some respect when you talk to me.

    I am not an idiot but you may be. There are plenty of credible ways to challenge any tendering process that is not fair and impartial.

    But like a typical primitive West Indian, you curse everyone before the evidence is in.

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  • millertheanunnaki

    @ Chad99999 October 5, 2017 at 12:26 PM

    On the face of it your observation appears fair and reasonable to those ‘rooting’ for good governance.

    But based on the current administration’s track record in handling the award of contract we would prefer to be negative about such a lofty objective until shown otherwise.

    We are sure that you are very aware of the same administration’s manifesto pledge to award at least 40 % of all public sector contracts to small to medium-sized businesses.
    If that practical objective cannot be achieve in 9 years do you think what you are expecting can be achieved in 4 weeks?

    Maybe there is no chance to ask the ‘begging’ question in a text message: “Where is my cut?” where small business people are concerned.

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  • Well Well @ Consequences Observing Blogger

    Chadster/trumpturd…you are the idiot…every bajan can tell ya they have seen this same movie before, with the same players,even the same template was used for the tendering process…

    … maybe if ya would take ya head out of dotard`s ass, ya brain would get some oxygen to know what really goes on in BIM…hope ya get stuck there.

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  • Frustrated Businessman: Animal Farm sequel playing out in Bim.

    No Chad, you are an idiot.

    CAPS FOR REBUTTAL; You said:

    Now the Govrrnment has opened a bidding process

    NO THEY HAVE NOT, THE INVITATION TO TENDER WITHOUT PROPER SPECIFICATIONS IS A SHAM. THE CONTRACT HAS ALREADY BEEN AWARDED IN A BACK-ROOM TEEFIN DEAL.

    and if unsuccessful bidders do not like the results, they can file protests.

    NO THEY CANNOT, THERE IS NO-ONE TO HEAR SUCH FANTASY OBJECTIONS EXCEPT THE HIGH COURT. THAT IS A 10-YEAR, $300,000 PROCESS THAT NO SANE, HONEST BUSINESSPERSON WOULD UNDERTAKE.

    They can also publicly challenge the integrity of the contract award system.

    THAT IS WHAT WE ARE DOING HERE, PRIOR TO THE TEEFIN’ AWARD.

    So why not keep an open mind for now and let the process play out instead of piling on.

    BECAUSE THE DLP GOV’T METHODOLOGY HAS BEEN THE SAME FOR 9 YEARS AND THE TIME FOR SITTING ON OUR ASSES AND TAKING THIS BS WHILE BARBADOS IS ROBBED BLIND BY FUMBLE’S FOOLS IS LONG PAST. IT IS THE INACTION OF OUR CITIZENS THAT HAS BROUGHT US TO OUR OWN DESTRUCTION, LIKE QUIET LAMBS TO SLAUGHTER.

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  • FB

    My guess is you cannot compete for this contract.

    Which is to say you could not win a fair competition because you are not as qualified or as experienced as your competitors, so your best hope is to find politicians who will make sure you win a rigged tender. That is why you are denouncing the DLP and hoping Mia will take you under her wing.

    There is nothing wrong in admitting black businessmen need special consideration to win government contracts.

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  • Chad999

    You could really go da fuq of the blog with your fuckery. Who needs more special consideration than Maloney et al?

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  • Really Chad?……….whatever happened to open and fair bidding.

    This government has given contracts for the last 9 years worth over $500 million dollars to a few white contractors.

    The small black man is still waiting for their 40% of the contracts that they were supposed to get…………….woe is them!

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  • I was looking for Caswell to post on the aftermath of the CBC saga…………I did not understand why he got involved ………….now it seems as if Toni Moore was right and CBC had to back down.

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  • In the bad old colonial days when Barbadians were afforded an English Grammar School education and most primary and secondary schools were enrolled in disciplinary movements like brownies and blossoms,scouts,girl guides,church lads and girls brigades,police youth clubs,cadets and Barbados regiments,when the civil service was civil and honesty was the best policy,when one saluted a passing teacher or officer,when respect was due to the police,fire service,prison officers,postmen,health inspectors,when equipment for the government was purchased through the Crown Agents,when corruption and such terms were unheard of in government and the service,it is no wonder that post 1966 these favoured attributes were taken for granted and thought to be part of the Barbadian psyche.Not so today unfortunately.How low we have sunk.

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  • millertheanunnaki

    @ Chad99999 October 5, 2017 at 3:35 PM
    “There is nothing wrong in admitting black businessmen need special consideration to win government contracts.”

    Chad there is a good old Bajan saying: ‘’De more de monkey climb, de more he show he tail.
    In your case the yellow deceitful lying pimping (dlp) tail.

    You have really lost it now. You have gone right over the top of arrant stupidity.

    But you might just be right in considering the mulatto boy Maloney to be in need of “special consideration” in building concrete ovens for the black working class at Valerie Penthouses and the Dalkeith Woods or Meadows.

    Even Greenverbs de Par(r)is could throw his ‘bent’ hat in the dirty ring and bid for the supply of garbage trucks and equipment. After all, he has the working capital to finance such a simple sourcing and supply project as a way of laundering his millions and for his crooked brother Lowedown to get his cut and contribute to the war chest needed to fight the upcoming ‘do-or-die’ electoral battle to save both their sorry asses from sing sing in St. Philip.

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  • @Chad,
    No one comes on BU looking for respect except you. People come on here to engage in intelligent and knowledgeable discourse. I think you related to Domps.

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  • Gabriel

    Chuckle…..part and parcel of getting rid of the colonial past…..those were the first steps……then all colonial names…..then Nelson and all colonial era buildings……..then all colonial descendants……….and the list goes on…….Bim will be properly sanitised of its colonial ethos…….known as throwing out the baby with the bath water.

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  • Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger.

    Baby and bathwaater already dead and gone, those were old age crooks, only new age crooks remain…,am sure that excludes you though.

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  • Vincent Haynes October 5, 2017 at 4:48 PM

    NOT ONLY HAVE WE THROWN OUT THE COLONIAL BABY WITH THE BATH WATER……….BUT WE HAVE SOUGHT TO ADOPT AND ADAPT TO THE AMERICAN EVIL AND IGNORANT WAYS

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  • Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger.

    GP.. ya still live in US..

    Before ya go off…why did you not move to UK.

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  • Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger.

    Wait…….I though dotard was the man, am I missing something here.

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  • Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger.

    Thought, thought, thought…dotard was the man..lol

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  • MNK

    You are half right. I am not a fan of Fumble, but I regard Mia as unfit for the top job.

    Since Grenville has several crackpot ideas, and David amd Pacha represent totalitarianism, which is unacceptable because of the oppressive character of the state, I am left with no option for now than the DLP.

    Have to hope they will adopt new ideas.

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  • On an unrelated note, how do parties obtain money for elections?

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  • @Crusoe

    How is the question unrelated?

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  • @ David, wording is always critical, for various reasons.

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  • Chad99999

    SEEK ,AND GET HELP FOR YOUR SICK MIND NOW, BEFORE THE NEXT ELECTION .

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  • who brought in the water authority trucks and tanks, can very well bring in the garbage………these fucking field slaves, that upgrade to house slaves, we the electorate sit back on our laurels, and allowed them to do a grave injustice to our country..

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  • @David King how come you have not weighed in on this stupid and rude signage.
    http://www.nationnews.com/nationnews/news/101125/bus-stop-slogan-goes-viral

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