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Random thoughts on various subjects

Posted Friday, September 28, 2007, at 11:33 PM

While on a brief drive in the city and county my little bitty mind turned to things I would like to place in my blog. Listed below are a few of them:

*We have too many stop signs placed in positions where it is impossible to see the road you are about to enter. These signs are simply placed too far back from the intersection. *Should we have or do we already have restrictions on how close other signs can be placed in the vicinity of stop signs? A few are even placed beyond the stop sign toward intersections. I ran a series many years ago on traffic trouble spots, places where multiple traffic accidents had taken place, and took pictures through my windshield as I approached them. I was surprised to find many stop signs couldn't be seen for other signs.

*As our hot, dry days continue into fall, isn't it uncomfortable when Mother Nature and Father Time team up on us?

*Do those who know all the answers even understand the questions?

*How much attention should we pay to Mr. They Say and Mrs. I Heard?

*Have you ever paused to notice greed and grief both begin with the letters gr? Is there an unspoken message there?

*Should some of our sports have an All-Chemical Team?

*If the public is going to be asked to help support non-profit organizations, should the public also be advised at least once each year what salaries the top people in these organizations are paying themselves?

*Do people who consider themselves too intelligent to ever stop and take a long look at themselves to see if maybe, just maybe, they may be wrong on certain issues annoy you?


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Many non-profits will provide a copy of their most recent audit on request -- and I would be cautious about giving to one that doesn't.

An audit might not always list individual salaries, but there should be a salary line item that would give you an idea of whether the organization spends a lot on salaries. And you can always just ask point blank about the executive director's salary.

I think the state office with which charities have to register requires you to report what percentage of the funds collected go to programs versus administrative costs. That would be another good figure for donors to look at, and you can see the figures online at http://www.state.tn.us/sos/charity/finan... .

All that having been said, it's sometimes hard to find a really good, qualified executive director, and you've got to be willing to pay them a fair salary. The two boards I serve on have both had to replace their long-time executive directors in the past few years, and in both cases we had big shoes to fill.

Fortunately, in both cases we found people who had great qualifications, knowledge and experience and who have taken the organizations to a new level. I would rather pay a little more for an executive director who is going to manage the organization well; it saves money in the long run.

-- Posted by Jicarney on Sat, Sep 29, 2007, at 9:03 AM

Back several years a Pastor friend of mine gave me this advice and I have found it to be very helpful. His advice was when a person comes to you with a "they said" or "I heard", stop them right there and inquire who it is that said, or where did they hear it. If they can and will give you an answer then continue the conversation, but if not, then end the conversation right there.

-- Posted by leeiii on Sat, Sep 29, 2007, at 10:36 AM


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Bo Melson is a retired sports and police beat editor of the Times-Gazette.
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