Lights, camera, dollars
Leavenworth will have a proposal to increase taxes to pay for public safety (such as Chelan County Sheriff services) in November. I recommend voting no. The City Council needs to think big and organize a police force for revenue enhancement, consisting of three full-time officers, jailer, and a meter maid, with two reserve officers. There are dollars in public safety. The Wenatchee Police are to be envied for their red-light cameras Place a camera at all three traffic lights on Highway 2, with 11-second delay, accompanied by well-hidden signs announcing the red-light camera in small print 30 feet above street level. The revenue from tourists should easily hit $100,000. Additional revenue can come from ticketing numerous rear-end accidents at the lights, and benefit Cascade Medical Center for injury treatment. Tourists will never know what hit them until they see the bill. Double the parking fees during “fests,” and charge $5 per hour at the beer hall parking lot during Octoberfest, day and night.
Aggressive meter maid ticketing will enhance revenue. Add a small “public safety” tax to rooms and meals for police costs. Avoid huge bills for housing low-risk offenders like shoplifters, by establishing a two-room jail in a temporary structure, and a part-time municipal judge, aka “play-and-pay” court. Prisoners can clean up the city bathrooms and trash on the roadside. Just remember the Obama rule: If it moves, tax it!
Robert Englebart Schneider
Obama’s big game
Obama is playing a wild game of liar’s poker. He devised the ill-conceived health care plan that has previous little support and refuses to compromise with both parties. His end game is to blame Republicans for his inability to govern and lead.
Once again, he is not taking responsibility for the consequences of shoving this woefully inadequate bill down our throats. I think we agree that health care needs reforming, but refusing to engage in meaningful dialog led to the present mess in which we have landed.
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