The Garden City Telegram
10/25/2012
OPINIONS AND COMMENTARY

Your Views

Challenges may hinder growth

The time has come to talk about the stability of Garden City, Kansas. Some of our elected officials are promoting growth for Garden City. This is just great, but how is that going to happen? The state is broke. The federal government is broke. A lot of counties are desperate for income. The basic needs for our total city and county population could experience some hard years if this price increase continues to climb. Since the mill levy has no involvement with valuations anymore, the powers that control can only say, "we held the mill levy nearly level and that was the best we could do." Like everyone believes that valuations hold steady.

Groceries are continuing to increase in price. Stamps will increase in price, and mail delivery will increase. Gas will hold steady for a while longer.

Eight-plus cents sales tax. In looking to the future, it is past time to start providing some relief for those people that are elderly and/or low income that are living at home and need some relief in their expenses. If you are one of the low income then the increase in costs for each category does not have to be very much to create an unfundable future. Set the income level at a level that allows individuals to live in a society where their life is stable and there are some luxuries. This needs to be voted on by the people, so call your commissioner.

Another issue is the creation of a new housing development area. I think this would be easier to sell if the people could see a pledge from several of those people that want a home in that area and price range. If these people are serious, they will sign. But if we are waiting on the coal plant, let's at least wait until it has been approved.

HAROLD STARR,

Garden City

Keep candidates' character in mind

What kind of men would make a state prosper? What is our duty as voters? These are the questions we need to be asking as the election nears.

The founding father Noah Webster wrote in 1823:

"In selecting men for office, let principle be your guide. Regard not the particular sect or denomination of the candidate — look at his character. It is alleged by men of loose principles or defective views of the subject, that religion and morality are not necessary or important qualifications for political stations. But the Scriptures teach a different doctrine. They direct that rulers should be men who rule in the fear of God, able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness. It is to the neglect of this rule that we must ascribe the multiplied frauds, breaches of trust, peculations and embezzlements of public property which astonish even ourselves; which tarnish the character of our country and which disgrace government. When a citizen gives his vote to a man of known immorality, he abuses his civic responsibility; he sacrifices not only his interest, but that of his neighbor; he betrays the interest of his country."

So this election season although individual issues are important, in the long run, it is the character of the man which determines how he approaches problems and how effective he will be. So do your homework and choose wisely, the future of our nation is at stake.

CHRISTY HALL,

Garden City

Need to discuss economic issues

Regarding: A Kansas economical and industrial growth association.

There is a need for a few people that would be interested in listening and talking about this issue. Are there some things that could be done to improve our cash flow in this community? What are some of the different ideas that will help provide that approach for this extended community? Are there other issues that need to be discussed?

Please contact Lee Messenger at 276-0667.

LEE MESSENGER,

Garden City