Public safety tax
On Nov. 8, Johnson County voters will cast ballots on a 25-cent, 10-year “public safety” sales tax. This proposed tax will fund a new $182 million courthouse and a $19 million coroner facility.
Ed Eilert, chairman of the Johnson County commissioners and Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe are strong supporters of the tax.
Their arguments rely on inflated figures on the cost of renovating the current courthouse and how unsafe the current structure is for the disabled, elderly and children. Any time a politician throws those segments of the population into the equation, voters beware.
Fifth District Commissioner Michael Ashcraft is on record, questioning the need for the tax and the new courthouse. Using county staff estimates, Ashcraft argues that the existing facility could be substantially improved for $50 million to $75 million.
If Johnson Countians are inclined to spend $375 million to $400 million to do “the right thing,” we might want to ask ourselves if we instead should put $100 million into mental health services to help keep people out of the criminal justice system in the first place and/or another $100 million to help disabled individuals live secure and nurtured lives. We still could keep up to $200 million in taxpayers’ pockets.
Of course, tax-and-spend progressives like Eilert and Howe wouldn’t have the opportunity to cement their political legacy by one day having a museum, park or courthouse named after them.
Include third party
The upcoming presidential debates need a third voice. Most Americans would like to see some kind of change in their government.
As a means of looking for change it would be nice to have a third voice present in the upcoming presidential debates. As a supporter of Gary Johnson for president, I would like to ask people to look into the campaign for Gary Johnson.
Voters may, or may not know, former, two-term Gov. Gary Johnson of New Mexico is the Libertarian nominee for president. Former Gov. Bill Weld of Massachusetts is his vice presidential nominee. Each has more elected executive experience that either Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump or Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.
Johnson and Weld have built a campaign on the issues with sensible ideas to help solve the problems that we face. They have not engaged in name-calling or mud-slinging and are gaining in the polls.
Whether anyone votes for them or for someone else, it would be nice for them to support Gary Johnson’s goal to get him into the debates. America could use more than a two-party debate no matter how we vote.
Johnson County hero
Two Orlando, Fla., area hospitals waived the medical bills for victims of the Orlando nightclub shooting. Joshua James Owen was critically wounded coming to the aid of the victim at the Wal-Mart store in Shawnee.
And, according to a front-page Sept. 15 story in The Star, “Shawnee attack witness account emerges,” Owen joined the Air Force after 9/11 and during more than four years of deployment served in Iraq and Afghanistan.
This man is truly a hero. I hope the hospital treating him can see fit to follow the example of the Florida hospitals.
Conspiracy theorist in chief Donald Trump led the “birther movement” in 2011. He claimed that President Barack Obama was not born in the U.S., and Trump repeatedly demanded that Obama show his birth certificate.
In response to Trump’s birther movement, I recommend starting a taxpayer movement, demanding that the Republican presidential nominee release his tax returns.
For the past 40 years, every presidential candidate has released his tax returns, but not Trump. Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, Tim Kaine, and even Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence have released their tax forms this year.
Trump claims he cannot release his tax forms because he is under audit. But attorneys claim this is not valid. Even former President Richard Nixon, who was under audit, released his forms.
For years, Trump has bragged about his enormous wealth, success and charities. But, his lack of transparency shows he is hiding something.
From 2002 through 2008 Trump’s taxes were not under audit, so why doesn’t he release those? Either he is not as wealthy as he claims, he doesn’t pay taxes or he has not contributed to charities.
So, let the “taxpayer movement” begin. Donald Trump, show us your tax returns.
Clinton over Trump
This year’s presidential race is about personalities. However, I shall cast my vote based on economic principles.
Conservatives believe Adam Smith’s principle of free market capitalism is the answer to America’s problems However, whenever this is followed, we have suffered a national and worldwide depression. This includes low productivity, low wages, high unemployment, low acquisition of capital for investment, low productivity and high interest rates. Think 1933 and 2008.
Progressives historically corrected these blunders by increased government borrowing and spending, reduced interest rates, and increased borrowing by business and consumers while upping the flow of money into the economy, thereby producing more jobs and less unemployment, increasing profits and taxable income, thereby reducing the federal deficit. This happened most when Democrats were seated in the Oval Office.
This is why I will vote for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. All the opinions about Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and Clinton’s personalities are totally irrelevant.
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