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Updated: April 13, 2013 6:05AM



Hobart is making bad choices in its spending, planning

Service should be the first priority of an elected official rather than tampering with the lives of career employees, especially when those people are responsible for the safety of Hobart. Safety is too important and has an economic impact on our home-owners. I’m sure there are other places to cut spending.

The new Hobart Police/Courts and Community center would be a good start. Why are the taxpayers asked to pay the construction bond as well as subsidize groups that have been given space or leased at lower-than-market prices? Where are the energy audits and the expense/revenue spreadsheets on this building? It’s as if choosing rental fees is unchartered waters, and perhaps it is without good information.

Why have we lost so many economic development projects? We have incredible resources and transportation access. With economic development comes increased appraised value, which in turn increases our budget. Why is a tax-and-fee approach the default solution for this administration’s budgeting problems?

So far its legacy is the planned public projects from the previous administration that speaks neither to creativity, planning or a competent approach to appraised value. Their answer is to cut emergency responders to save money? This is neither acceptable nor prudent. Perhaps looking at themselves and tightening their own belts would be a good start.

Why would they give themselves raises when they should be considering pay cuts for elected officials and department heads? Why is a city attorney needed at every public function of government? Why not consider a four-day, 10-hour work week to increase productivity? Why must taxpayers pay for consultants to make decisions that the administration was elected to do? Are you admitting that you can’t make the hard decisions without help?

As this administration moves on, more questions than answers seem inevitable.

Larry Brown

Hobart

Comics may not change the world, but they brighten it

In the grand scheme of things and the great polarizing topics that are discussed in the Opinion page, I have a greater gripe than gun control, is Bush or Obama the worst president ever, abortion and gays in the Boy Scouts — the comics!

I realize sometimes you have got to cut back things for space when times get tight, but I’d rather see “Bizzaro” and “The Flying McCoys” stick around. I’ve tolerated the “Dinette Set” and “Marmaduke” for far too long. They should have gone first. You could lose “Reply All” also and I wouldn’t lose any sleep over it. I’d say “Family Circus” has been a bit of a bore but it seems to be a comics staple, so it could stay just for its simple family values.

Comics seem to lighten up life when things seem all doom and gloom. They make life a little more tolerable. But
bring back “Bizzaro,” if anything. It’s my favorite!

Mike Mann

Porter



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