Originally Published: April 2, 2006 5 a.m.
Some things need financing right now
Some would deny others' freedom to express themselves publicly.
They send cowardly unsigned and no-return-addressed attack letters if they have differing opinions. Fortunately, the Courier is not one of them.
For a long time I have said municipal government's primary function is to provide basic services police and fire protection, water, roads, sewer and garbage pick up. Others, under the premise of public health, would include parks and recreation, which is defensible.
Iron Springs Road is not the only deteriorating road needing city attention. Millions of dollars worth of road, water and sewer, police, fire, and sanitation infrastructure and equipment projects need doing now.
Components in the requests the police and fire chiefs outlined need budgeting without compromising their inclusion for expenditure.
Considering recent water rate increases, upcoming sewer rate increases, natural gas rate increases, property taxes, etc., etc., etc., compromising our public safety officers' strength to do their job in an anti-tax environment at the ballot box could be a mistake.
I realize it may be necessary to finance some of the enormous infrastructure "needs" package either through bonding secured by sales tax revenue or user fees.
Let's hope we can prioritize and budget this community's public safety "immediate needs" without depending on a public vote for a tax increase.
Congress must act to censure the president
Sen. Russ Feingold has a resolution before Congress to censure President Bush. Republicans are talking about retroactively making his wire-tapping program legal and the Republican National Committee is running ads saying that Feingold is more interested in censuring the president than freedom.
I suppose that is all part of partisan politics. The White House seems to prefer that the American people view Bush's program as a partisan issue. But that is not true.
Fact: Members of both parties believe Bush broke the law.
Congress really must hold the president (any president) accountable for unconstitutional actions to preserve their role as a check on the power of the presidency.
If Congress doesn't support censuring the president, they're saying it's OK for the president to break the law and the future promises more of the same.
Although this is a weak start to holding this administration accountable, it is an important step and a crucial moment for Congress.
Criminal investigations should begin into the actions of many high-ranking persons in the executive branch.
Maybe a sitting president is immune from prosecution but a vice president and cabinet members who peddle influence and subvert the public good should face removal and accountability.
Shamberg family appreciates sympathy
I appreciate all the cards, phone calls and gifts that I received concerning my parents, Al and Virginia Shamberg.
May God richly bless all of you.
Ginny (Shamberg) Hruza
Cantlon one example of media's decline
Tom Cantlon represents a point of view, which is both common in the mainstream media and responsible for the decline in popularity of said "media."