- Conservatives join New Hampshire rally in support of campaign finance reform
- 11 public housing residents complete job readiness training
- Youth health care enrollment event at NIU Rockford Jan. 29
- More than 50 employers at Jan. 29 job fair
- School district’s credit rating remains solid
- State Police seize LSD, cannabis, U.S. currency in I-80 arrest
- Park District names employee, team of the year
- A closer look at fracking for natural gas
- Susan Johnson, copy editor, moves on after 21 years
- Guest Column: Clean Water Act: Supporters of clean water must make their voices heard
To the Editor: Rate increases, borrowing, more government expansion
In these most financially painful of times, many of the same crocodiles weeping over missed opportunities for frugality are also sunning themselves, lying in wait for unsuspecting, lifeblood-bearing public constituents. And, while President Full Spend Ahead ranks as “Leviathan,” the species is rampant, particularly in Rockford, with its notoriously swampy ethics.
Even so-called “user fees”—supposedly so fair and honest and precise—have now been rendered fully corrupt and meaningless. Last October, simply to take a fresh, juicy bite out of our backsides ($36 annually)—and to increase the size of government: $1.8 million in new, discretionary money—at our own, too-long-serving financial director’s recommendation, our city fathers (ha-ha) raised garbage-removal fees without actually raising them.
Now, even someone like me who lives alone has no choice but to pay $170 annually—at least until the next REAL rate increase—for most weeks of the year, almost nothing. Such a bargain! But for Rockford, stealing or “creative profligacy” like this isn’t considered tawdry and shameful. No, rather, it means Rockford is “progressive” and “going places.” Yessirree!
If we keep this up, the only place we’re going is to hell. “Immoral means cannot bring moral ends.”—The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Decades of MetroCentre-dedicated sales-tax revenue is stolen, and no one cares. We pass an infrastructure referendum so we won’t have to borrow, and we’re borrowing anyway. Some ($1.6 million) of our new $5 million “bridge” funding is “street-dedicated.”
From the March 24-30, 2010 issue