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Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Put city’s needs before council’s
My thoughts regarding Roanoke City Council members’ request for a 28.5 percent pay raise:
They ran for the position; each has a good job, good pay and knew coming into these positions as council members what the pay included. If they are not satisfied, I would suggest giving up their council positions. Maybe someone else would relish the council salary.
It appears council members are looking to the taxpayer for additional relief over and above their salaries to keep their lifestyle going. Many Roanoke employees had their hours cut back or eliminated due to the economy.
Roanoke has no money to repair the lovely fountain in Lakewood Park. Nor to repair the wooden railings at Raleigh Court Park that were taken down by a tree in the derecho in June 2012. Roanoke has no money for the Urban Forestry Department to replace trees that have died or need replacing. I encounter many dead trees in Southwest Roanoke, but there is no money to remove them. It appears it is OK for branches to fall on a vehicle and do damage.
There is a lot going on that needs fixing in Roanoke.
Yet council members want a raise.
SHIRLEY R. SEVIGNY
Fight to hear a third voice in debates
The Libertarian Party nominated Robert Sarvis as our candidate for Virginia governor in this year’s election. We are gathering signatures to make sure he is on the ballot, and I feel confident we will get the required 10,000 signatures. If you would like to know more about him, please go to RobertSarvis.com.
I am asking readers to help get all of the candidates who will be on the ballot this November on the stage during the debates. Republican nominee Ken Cuccinelli said no, and presumed Democratic candidate Terry McAuliffe said he would have to ask his advisers.
Wouldn’t you think the two candidates would want to have informed voters?
The media and two major parties have done a wonderful job in brainwashing the masses that voting for a third party candidate is a wasted vote.
The real wasted vote is the one cast for the lesser of two evils. So please contact both candidates and demand that all candidates on the ballot in Virginia are included in the debates.
To quote former Libertarian Party National Chairman Jim Lark, “Don’t expect someone will fight for your liberties if you are not willing to fight with them.”
IRS targeting was dirty politics
What better way to eliminate any opposition to the Democratic Party in 2014? Donate to Republicans, and you will surely be audited by the Internal Revenue Service. A brilliant move, Obama administration.
The president heard about the IRS targeting on the news, like the rest of us — give me a break.
LINDA STEARNES CHAMBERS
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