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January 28, 2014 11:54AM
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Updated: March 3, 2014 2:12PM
Keep our plows
I am outraged that our boy wonder mayor here in Portage, James Snyder, felt compelled to “help” the City of Gary by plowing their streets with resources belonging to Portage taxpayers.
In the past few weeks we’ve endured extended delays in picking up trash and recyclables. The neighborhood plowing efforts beyond several main arteries were substandard. Why do people in another city and county deserve to benefit from assets that belong to the citizens of Portage?
Gary’s municipal government is well-versed in the art of obtaining aid from federal, state and county coffers — they have no shame requesting other people’s money for failed schools, out-of-control crime and corrupt local government. I’m sorry that they are unable to plow their own mean streets, but I’m aghast that Mayor Snyder thinks it’s a good idea to spend our taxpayer funds in Gary.
The picture that is emerging of our Mayor is one that reveals a willingness to please other politicians that may be able to help him climb to a higher elected office, at the expense of his constituents. Whether being a lapdog for Porter County Commission President John Evans or a patsy for Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson, this man has aptly demonstrated that he is unable or unwilling to put the interests of Portage taxpayers first.