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A property tax is morally wrong_LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Posted: Wednesday, Feb 6th, 2013

Regarding Larry Clark’s letter to the editor (Chronicle, Jan. 30), and his definition of the word “roughshod” as used in Terry Eilts’ letter (Chronicle, Jan. 23), it is obvious Mr. Eilts was using the contextual meaning of the word, which is “to domineer.”

Also, I do not think that one is “brave” to say how he or she feels about any government’s doings. We are those who wish to state or write how we feel. To use the word brave implies that one would be punished for doing so. I can’t imagine that our city government would punish one who states or writes his or her opinions.

I believe that Mr. Eilts was writing about how the bill was incurred for the buildings [including the public safety building], not the right of those who protect us to have a less crowded, cleaner, quieter, larger, better ventilated place to work. My farther was a volunteer fireman who did not have the luxury of many of the things the department now has. When he came home, he went directly to the back hall bath to clean up after himself, thusly never contaminating his family. Their stove was a two-burner for which they were thankful.

I believe Mr. Eilts was talking about the lack of the peoples’ vote.

Now, about a situation being so very dire that the city was not able to hold a peoples’ vote. I just can’t imagine that anything would be so dire that the people would not have time to vote for a bond that cost millions of dollars. And even still, if your town experienced a deadly storm or tornado, I am sure that there would be time for the people to vote for money needed for those in dire circumstances.

I’m not so very sure that the state-of-the-art building was necessary to turn around such dire circumstances. Perhaps a less humble, more financially feasible building would have been just fine. That, of course, goes for the library, too. At least the library is easy to access and has people always available for helping the public. I have gone to the public safety building wanting to report a person on the road harassing another, however I was met with a long-ringing telephone in an unsafe locked, glass circumstance that the new facility could not accommodate.

Also regarding Mr. Clark’s letter, I requested many documents, including wages of city employees. I didn’t have a bit of difficulty receiving them within two weeks. I did not have to have a copy of the Freedom of Information Act; the information is for the record.

I, too, along with many others, cannot afford another financial concern. A property tax or any increase in the sales taxes are morally wrong for this circumstance. There is enough of our money available for the paying of such a bill. Let us all come together at the polls to vote “no” for a property tax.

Karen Devonshire


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