I am glad they are trying to solve problems. I am glad they are thinking ahead. There will be some side effects whatever you do but at least with the right ordinances on the books, you can enable the police to stop some behavior that is already heading for a bad outcome
Anyone in state gov't who votes to overturn voter passed inititives should be tagged as having done it and boycotted in all ways possible, regardless of what the inititive is for....even if it is flawed. A voter inititive is the most pure instrument of democracy we have and should be respected as such. Slapping the whole thing down with repeal is like slapping all the voters and you don't lessen the effect of that with a slogan like "they know not what they were doing".
Mayor Engen is proud that our police force is staffed with professionals with no thugs (ie ...police officers that abuse their power). Too bad the feds don't have a "no thug" rule.
This was surely made worse by the well-meaning "environmentalist groups" and their lawsuits that stopped or delayed timber cutting on vast areas of dead trees. Harvesting beetle-killed trees might have slowed some of the beetle spread. So many good intentions have unintended consequence caused by people with tunnel vision so sure of their point of view but without a clue as to what else might happen if they get their way. Hopefully they will listen to foresters and tree science experts more in the future.
There needs to be more people in leadership positions with some restraint in spending and concern for taxpayers. We already have advocates for high rise parking garages, multi-million dollar swimming pool complexes, baseball stadiums, school superintendent and retiring UM President salaries..... and other nice things that cost lots of money. I also see MCAT views of public meetings that appear to be strategy sessions of how to get even more money to spend and do end runs around the public. It is so complicated that there is sometimes no clear right or wrong and so I think it is good to see Hillegaard try to take on the anti-spending role if for nothing else but for a balance toward restrain in spending when so many want so much that taxpayers must pay for.
If George speaks like he writes....I think he is viable for a spot on MS-NBC after hardball with Chris Matthews.
I read this last week in the print version. I am not in the state legislature but I really liked the theme of this and saved it for a future reminder when someone disagrees with me. I wish more would embrace this way of thinking.
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