Socialist countries enjoy qualify of life
In Inga Solomos’ Oct. 20 letter (“Look at countries that have socialism”), she asks readers to look at countries that have “socialism” and ask, “is it working out for them?”
Of course, her question is purely rhetorical.
Solomos should be aware that U.S. News and World Report (not known to be a progressive magazine) recently published a survey of nations.
In regard to quality of life, the United States ranked 15th in the world.
All four Scandinavian countries were rated higher. Denmark was two, Sweden three, Norway four and Finland nine. What’s eye opening is that every one of these countries would be considered “socialist” by any ideological American conservative.
By the way, Canada was rated number one. Unlike us, it has universal health insurance, and the COVID-19 crisis is under good control.
This is something to think about in these dark times.
Charter change will help city taxpayers
Why have over 99% cities abandoned the commission form of government?
It’s rife with corruption and inefficiency. The Council gave a job and a $40,000 energy contract to Eddie Miller, the chair of the Independence Party. The Finance Commissioner spent over $600,000 to lavishly upgrade her office.
The Public Works Commissioner waived the $810,000 water hookup fees for Bonacio Construction on the Weibel Avenue Apartments. The city is owed $2.7 million in unpaid taxes and has no plans to collect them. The city is not receiving federal reimbursement for the $62,000 the city spent to house the homeless at the Holiday Inn during the pandemic, since it didn’t submit its form appropriately.
And that doesn’t begin to include the lost sales tax revenues from waiting until the middle of July to come up with a plan for closing parts of Henry and Phila Streets to help local businesses. And don’t forget the lifetime taxpayer funded health care for part time politicians who serve 10 years. It is no wonder our city debt is skyrocketing and has nearly doubled since 2012. Professional management saves money and protects taxpayers. Vote yes on the city charter.
Many reasons to vote against Trump
Please think about this before casting a vote for Trump. He kept the fact that this virus was in fact more deadly than the seasonal flu.
On top of that, he lied and repeated that over and over to all of us. If he had been truthful, put the experts in charge, and followed their expert advice we would not have lost 220,000+ lives.
He should have enacted the Defense Production Act to get the medical equipment and testing for healthcare workers and for us, the American people. Why he didn’t is beyond me.
And, to those of you that tout his great economic prowess, if he had only been honest to start, listened to the experts, gotten the PPE and testing where it should’ve been, guess what? Our economy would not be where it is.
Because he refused to believe this virus was going to turn into a pandemic, we are where we are.
And there are many, many more very good reasons he needs to go. Vote and vote Blue.
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