In a recent article, Don Nicolard, Norton City Council president, made two interesting points regarding the new proposed charter amendment (“Norton council will vote on special election,” Sept. 15).
First, he said that Norton voters already decided this issue. This is not true. On Aug. 6, voters rejected a proposed charter amendment that would have placed the full costs of sewer lines on the city.
The new amendment seeks to limit the amount that residents may be charged for sewer lines at $5,000, with the city covering the rest.
Second, Nicolard said that he would be willing to go to jail rather than hold a council vote for a special election on the new amendment.
Because he took an oath to uphold the laws as an elected official, and the laws require an election to be held after an interested party collects the necessary signatures, this seems silly.
Perhaps we can get some council members who will care about all our citizens, instead of their own personal agendas. The costs of sewer lines are certainly not cheap. How does anyone expect older citizens living on fixed incomes to cover the costs of these sewer lines and their existing bills?
The mayor, city administrator and the council need to work with citizens, not against them, to find some relief for this project so that seniors’ golden years are not golden-less.
Editor’s note: On Monday, the council approved a special election for Dec. 10. Nicolard voted no.
All in the name
Am I understanding the position of the Republicans in Congress who are willing to let the country go into default because they don’t like the Affordable Care Act?
This is a law that was passed by Congress and ruled constitutional by the Supreme Court. Yet because Republicans don’t like it, they want to set a precedent that a group in Congress can essentially void any legally passed, constitutionally legal measure. What are they thinking?
Perhaps the term “Obamacare” could be removed from the debate. The president would not get any credit in future years for a law that is trying to provide better health care for all Americans.
Then it might be more palatable to the tea party members of Congress. Heck, name it after a great GOP statesman — “Romneycare.”
Sagamore Hills Township
What the country needs now
The news out of Capitol Hill is a perfect example of the refusal of our elected officials to work together for the benefit of all.
Needless to say, our country’s circumstances are in dire straits, far from what the writers of our Constitution intended. We must put aside our selfish wants and decide what important changes must be made in order to get conditions on an upward trend.
When you make judgments about certain conditions and groups of individuals, research your beliefs and find out how far off the truth you might be.
Let’s return the words “dignity” and “respect” to our vocabularies. Who knows, this might lead to understanding and love?
Sarah Palin (who was obviously so ready and qualified to be president) has said Hillary Clinton isn’t qualified. I hope Clinton will now consider a run to help Palin’s record of never being right about anything.
Granted, Fox News is a mouthpiece for the GOP, but I’d think even it would be embarrassed to put this absolute know-nothing on the air.
Alan J. Larris