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Can this information on gangs be passed along to the general public, that do not attend Chamber of Commerce luncheons?
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Your headline would be much more accurate if it read:'Central Planning Department Explores More Walking Trails'
Editorial Board,What, would be wrong with Mr. McCoy and Mr. Roth pooling their resources and building this event center? (Perhaps the members of the editorial board could also invest their money and reap the benefits?) They could “calculate the risk with carefully compiled and analyzed information to help make this the best event center it could be.” They would then be able to enjoy 100% of the rewards that you say this center will produce. Your editorial says, “We must not be afraid of the possibility of failure,” but maybe the architect and the contractor prefer to get their reward, up-front.
Nothing speaks more highly of a city, to out of town visitors, than the maintenance of its existing infrastructure. Nothing improves the quality of life, for the residents of a city, more than the maintenance of its infrastructure. Take a drive down Sam Houston or Laurent or Lone Tree and reflect on what a pleasure it is, compared to a few years ago. This is the wise use of tax dollars and progress that everyone can enjoy. Now, how about a drive on Crestwood, or South Ben Wilson or Glasgow or the very dangerous Guy Grant or many other streets that can be named? What is your opinion of a local government that allows these deplorable streets?
The city and county government should not be spending money on more consultant studies or buying property in the flood plain or more parks that can not be maintained or worrying about somebody’s grandchildren. There are immediate needs that should be addressed.
There is a finite amount of taxpayer generated money. As your editorial says, “We understand there are risks involved”, so why risk this finite amount of money when there are so many projects that need to be done that have no risk, and numerous, proven rewards? You editorial says, “We think Victoria is ready to take that chance”. This reader believes that the local government should stop ‘taking chances’ with other people’s money and just take care of the business at hand.
Please ..... PLEASE ..... P-L-E-A-S-E ..... County Commissioners and City Council People.Just FIX the STREETS and ROADS!
You ALL need to give 100% of your attention and effort to this ONE problem!
As per usual ................1. City staff (Mayfield, et.al.), is paid by the tax payers to come up with a plan against the tax payer's wishes.2. Tax payers work, without pay, on their own time, to collect 70 signatures to present to their elected representatives expressing their wishes and point of view.3. Elected officials tell tax payers; 'We don't care what YOU want, we are going to do what WE want to do!"
So the next time someone suggests that you, "get involved in 'your' government", you can say ..... "Why bother?"(I would imagine that St. Joseph is tax exempt.)
After 21 years of reading the Advocate regularly, I have to say that this is the best editorial you have ever produced. It is well written, it is timely, it touches on all points of view and it reaches an adult conclusion.
Every night in Chicago, and other places like it, innocent children are senselessly killed, yet there is no uproar from the public. Can this lack of concern be because those children are poor and black, as opposed to the white middle class children in Connecticut? Or is the lack of concern because the national media is perfectly willing to report from the freshly mowed lawns of a middle class neighborhood in Connecticut but they are unwilling to report from a street corner in South Chicago?
The anti-gun people are perfectly willing to protest on the safe sidewalks in front of the modern glass and steel NRA building but they are afraid to express their sentiments in the real trouble spots of Oakland, East St. Louis, Watts, South Houston and many more.
The problem of senseless violence is real, but as long as the national media chooses to give publicity to the hypocrites and the charlatan politicians who only try to exploit the issue, there will never be a real solution.
Editorial Board, I have criticized your efforts many times in the past, but you ‘did yourself proud’ with this piece. Good Job.
This is pretty much the governing sentiment for all decisions made in Victoria lately."Mayor Will Armstrong said he was concerned about the message the split vote sent to prospective businesses. He said VEDC critism comes from a small group."I believe the mayor is looking for the old saying, 'Children should be seen and not heard when company is present."All of you taxpaying, children, just keep quiet and let the grown-ups decide what is best for you!
(The Victoria Advocate has certainly bought-in to this 'keep it quiet' philosophy with their Facebook commenting. Discussion of government decisions has gone to zero with this new policy. But, maybe that was their goal.)
I have no reason to believe there are irregularities at VEDC, but when 4 council people vote to not, fully disclose where taxpayer money is going, it makes me want to look a little deeper. Well done Mr. Zuck.