Spring, 2014 | ELECTION WATCH
Letters - Spring election - 2014
Operation Prosperity falsely accused
I am very concerned about the recent allegations being levied at Operation Prosperity, Inc. (OPI), in both recent public forums and coverage in some local newspapers. Publishing public rants with no basis of truthfulness without offering OPI the opportunity to respond concerns me greatly.
Operation Prosperity, Inc. is sponsored solely by local Polk County residents and businesses. They promote a business friendly environment, rational regulations, less bureaucracy, and economic freedom for all. To learn more about this organization, check out their webpage at www.operationprosperity.org. They have been falsely accused of being backed by the Koch Brothers; to read their response please visit http://operationprosperity.org/election-news/i-repeat-no-koch-brothers-here/
We all agree how important it is to create a sensible Shoreland Zoning Ordinance that protects our waterways AND property owners’ rights, and common sense tells us this should allow structural repairs to grandfathered properties. Our current ordinance is as much as 25 percent more restrictive than DNR regulations and the new draft ordinance is even more restrictive. We do not need to force shoreland property owners out of their homes due to higher taxes and outrageous restrictions that do not allow for basic repairs when there is no basis of proof that allowing these improvements will have any adverse affect to our waterways.
Creating panic for our citizens is par for the course for some. In regards to the privatization of our county home healthcare there were a few up in arms that our poor, disabled, elderly were going to be disenfranchised. Quite the opposite actually. The county board was faced with a deficit and the tough task of looking how to save $s with the least amount of impact on all citizens. They took a department that wasn’t able to properly manage and keep within budget for multiple years (if this was private industry it would have never been allowed to happen) and instead looked at ways to still provide services to these very important citizens by transferring them to properly managed, private entities that could provide the same services, and to be mindful of all of our citizens’ taxes.
All receiving services have been transferred to qualified private service providers and as someone who has worked with one of these private entities for services I can say firsthand what a great service they provided. Also for those really concerned with our elderly and disabled citizens, don’t forget you can donate your time to many charitable organizations to assist with their needs; I do!
Please evaluate your candidates for all aspects of government; fiscal responsibility, responsible and proven decision making based on their private workforce participation, willing to listen to their constituents, and proper common-sense management. They must be able to make the tough decisions and not base their decisions on friends who may be adversely affected but look at the best for all citizens. Your vote counts so make sure you get out and vote April 1st! So many of our ancestors fought for this right and if everyone did their civic duty and voted we would ensure that whoever is elected would reflect the majority of our values and goals as Polk County citizens.
If, for whatever reason you may not be available to vote on April 1st, you can do an absentee ballot. Contact your Village or Town Clerk and they can assist. Very easy process and will ensure your voice is heard!