Support Meridian Township police and fire millage
I am writing to enthusiastically support a yes vote on the police and fire millage in Meridian Township on Aug. 8. This small millage increase will allow the township to be 100 percent funded in its pensions within 10 years and to satisfy important equipment and staffing needs for both the police and fire departments. Every level of government is facing pension funding shortfalls, and Meridian is being proactive in resolving the problem. Adding two police officers and two paramedic/firefighters will make Meridian a safer place to live for many years to come. Join me and vote yes.
Time to just say no to Meridian Township millage
It’s time our leaders do what most citizens do; we make painful cuts when, for whatever reasons, our budgets get tough. We have no one to just throw money at them.
Regarding the millage, safety and protection in Meridian Township ranks “good”. Our current millage is the third most expensive out of all the municipalities in Michigan, making a request for a higher millage is uncalled for.
Citizens of Meridian Township, it’s time to just say “No!”
Opposition to Meridian millage is hypocritical
How ironic! Two Meridian residents actively oppose the Meridian Township millage for police and firefighters/paramedics, because some of that money would be used towards a shortfall in the police and firefighters/paramedic pension fund. But they fail to mention that when they were members of the township board, they reduced the township’s pension contribution. On their watch, the pension fund dropped to 49 percent. Meridian residents need to ignore this bizarre hypocrisy and step forward to support our police and firefighters/paramedics who protect and serve us every day.
Meridian millage will help keep the township safer
Meridian residents need to support the Meridian Township police and fire millage to fill four of the vacant positions, to replace outdated equipment and to help eliminate a shortfall in the pension fund.
An average Midwest community has more police and firefighters per 1000 residents than Meridian Township. Our numbers are woeful. This millage only adds two police and two fire/paramedics; but provides some relief for the personnel scheduling problems that plague the departments.
These problems will not go away. This millage represents a necessary step forward. Support this millage and take the first step.
Bob Alexander remembered
I attended a memorial celebration for the passing of yet another friend, Robert Darwood Alexander. “Bob” left behind a beautiful extended family and many friends on April 26. Over the years, I’ve rode as a passenger for many miles in Bob’s car for different political campaigns/issues, and even shared hotel rooms in Detroit for yearly Michigan Democratic Party conventions when we were both ‘caucus chairs’ for MDP. I admire Bob for his never-ending activism to help others, and his skill at organizing groups to challenge existing problems. In short, Bob Alexander was a Democrat’s democrat!
Mayor Bernero’s empty legacy
Mayor Virg Bernero will be remembered for some really bad decisions for Lansing. After “improvements,” the formerly thriving city market has no fruit and vegetable stalls left and echoes with emptiness.
The Boarshead Theater site was bulldozed and is now a parking lot. The historic Scott House and sunken gardens have been destroyed in favor of a Board of Water & Light substation.
And now, Bernero and Lansing City Council are bulldozing (literally) a $380 million dollar road through Ormond Park, a small, skinny park that will be utterly unusable with a road through the middle. Is that the best use of parks money?
Next up? We are still awaiting a planned downtown casino. It doesn’t take much research to learn that casinos aren’t good for cities -– they suck up buckets of money and send it into the pockets of distant owners, leaving behind financial crises and gambling addictions for localities to deal with.
Who pays for parking meters at construction sites?
March 8 high winds damaged St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. The State Journal ran several articles about the disaster. The damaged wall was a danger to those near the church. Police closed the sidewalks on Seymour and Ottawa streets as well as part of Ottawa Street. Construction began March 9 and is continuing. For safety and to provide space for the construction work, several street parking meters have been “bagged,” closed.
The city of Lansing parking services charge $12.50 daily per meter on Ottawa and $10 daily per meter on Seymour. Eleven meters have been closed since March 9, an expense of $127.50 per day. The bills to June 29 have totaled $8,932.50. What does the city do about parking meters at construction sites initiated by a commercial business? Do commercial clients get waivers as is rumored? Why is a nonprofit church being penalized when the cause was due to wind damage not self-initiated renovation? Can a waver or reduction in expense be granted to St. Paul’s?
Sarah J. Boron
Goats versus union
I enjoyed your July 7 article “Are goats taking jobs from union workers at Western Michigan University?,” referring to the addition of goats to the current campus lawn maintenance crew. This grass-roots decision, some people fear, allows goats to horn in on work usually done by the two-legged workers. In this instance, goats may have to join the union, but that’s OK. In no way would we want them to take jobs away from current employees. As you know, goats have proven themselves as tireless employees, many even suffering through painful periods of goat-gout. In fact, they’ve even been known to work through their lunch hour to get the job done. The point is, our four-legged friends should not become scapegoats for those less informed. True, this development gets the goat of some people who maintain a gnawing concern of the issue. But let’s face it. In the long run, I’d be willing to bet my uncle’s goatee that goats are here to stay. The herd will be heard!
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