According to retirement papers signed off on by then-City Attorney
But when he died last October from a fall, and his wife tried to claim the benefits, a lawyer called an office in
"I almost had a heart attack in the office when he told me that," she said.
When she eventually found her late husband's pay stubs showing insurance premiums had been deducted from his check, she did receive a
On top of all that, she wrecked her car.
"Oh God, it's been a mess!" she said. "It's like nobody gives a damn."
In February, she hired
TAXPAYERS WILL BE STEAMED: What do riverwalk improvements, a water taxi, a
They're spending more of your money. But don't worry. With the
For example, an initial
See how it works? One contract and consultant leads to another.
Some commissioners voiced concern last week that most of the deficiencies they talked about earlier hadn't taken place. And when Commissioner
"For me this is the master plan: Clean the place up and fix it up," he said. "I don't see a need for a master plan."
FLOATIN' ON A PONTOON, WALKIN' ON A BRIDGE AND GROWIN' GOVERNMENT: At the same meeting, commissioners also discussed plans to operate a pontoon boat water taxi and turn the
Several commissioners said it might be cheaper for the city to buy a steam-cleaning truck. But then, who would operate it? A steam-cleaning crew of five or six new city employees. One to drive the truck, one to aim the steam and the rest to tell them where they missed a spot.
As for a pedestrian bridge from
JOINED IN HOLY WEDLOCK:
Congratulations, and may you live happily ever after.
RARIN' TO GO:
He said he's raring to go and will be at Tuesday's commission meeting.
"I appreciate the visits, thoughts and prayers from my fellow commissioners and staff at the
GET WELL SOON: Former Thomson Mayor
TALES FROM THE GPS-LESS: After a section in last week's column about life without GPS, I received an e-mail from
"Many years ago, definitely before GPS, I took a trip to
"I was driving, not because of my ability to navigate the roads, but because we were going to my family's beach house -- a place that I had driven to from
Heather describes the trip back to
It was becoming a lot further away than she remembered, but she felt there was no use in asking the other women in the car, so she kept driving looking for
"Oh no, I would not be there for quite a while.
"If you have never experienced the shock of realizing how far off the mark you are, no matter what the situation, you cannot appreciate this story. I feel, however, that you may be able to, perhaps recalling the way you felt as you 'read the name of the town on the courthouse.'
"These stories will probably always have a life of their own and get more elaborate with each telling. I know mine does. All I can say now is thank God for GPS!
"Many happy wanderings,
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