Mayor-council system of gov’t in Saratoga closest to the people
The Sept. 30 Gazette had two very interesting and different pieces on the Opinion page.
First the editorial regarding Gov. Cuomo and the traffic jam on the Northway. I especially liked the line: “Elected officials are people, too, and it’s good for them to get out and about once in awhile to see the effect of their policies...”
This, I believe, is one of the strong points of the current commission form of government that we have in Saratoga Springs. The elected officials see firsthand every day how their departments are run and hear often from constituents.
The second piece was from a woman who wants to change our form of government but doesn’t seem to understand how our current system works. To say that, “Saratogians would no longer have to bow and scrape before the mayor and commissioners during public comment time at city meetings” is just insulting and shows her lack of understanding of our form of government.
People who go before the City Council are not afraid to speak their minds, and appreciate the opportunity to be heard. The proposed form of government would remove elected officials from day-to-day operations and would move them farther from being responsive to the public. When they go to vote on the budget, they will not have the experience that they now have to understand the implications of their votes.
This same woman also says how the proposed charter will eliminate the deputy positions and save money for the city. That is also insulting to say that the “city manager and a few key administrative positions” will be able to fill all these positions.
All along, the people pushing the change have low-balled the numbers. To think the city manager will not want an assistant for starters is a stretch. Also, the proposed charter says the city manager does not have to live in Saratoga Springs: The person who hires and fires the police chief, fire chief, and major other positions and produces the budget for our city does not have to live here.
Please read the document. It is not just [asking if] you want a city manager. It is a lot more complicated than that. Our system is working now. We have a city that is the envy of everyone around. Why do we want to become like other cities?
Debt will prove to be this country’s undoing
Is it in the best interests of Congress and the White House to get the debt under control? I am not referring to fiscal responsibility, I am referring to political power and control over the people.
Think about this: The more they spend, the more control they think they have. All they have to do is to keep raising taxes and fees, keep exempting themselves and circumventing those obligations. This keeps us under their thumb and in their control. They do not look at the long-range effects of their actions and the probability of revolt and revolution, whether in a physical or psychological realm.
They are not paying attention to the bell curve, where there will be a point of no return toward total collapse. They think there is a limitless supply of funds that can either be garnered from the citizenship or printed by the Federal Reserve to bail them out of their poor judgment, favors, graft and corruption.
There is a massive amount of power being lorded over the people due to improper and poor fiscal policies. If the electorate has to keep worrying about putting food on the table and a roof over their heads, how can they concentrate on changing a government and a political structure?
But history dictates that a tipping point will come when the populace wakes up and begins to organize. This has started to a small degree, but people do not know where to turn and how to organize.
This has to be our focus: to become a galvanizing force of the opposites. To be able to organize with others to become a power structure. Not for personal gain or personal power, but for the salvation of this nation.
Romney scored solidy with debate performance
I just finished watching the first 2012 presidential debate. The main argument I heard against Mitt Romney’s performance this evening was that he did not provide sufficient details to support his plans.
Where were the specifics of Mr. Obama’s many promises to America in 2008? I heard specifics from Mr. Romney, and was also informed about many areas in which he has already effected positive changes in a family, a business and a state.
I know that after viewing to this debate, I feel personally encouraged and have renewed hope for the future of my family and our country.
Mr. Romney, you have my vote.
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