Efforts to discredit Magers ‘disgusting’
My right index finger is sliding over the top of my left index finger as I say, SHAME ON YOU, SHAME ON YOU. I am talking to you, Mr. Randy Morris and Mr. Nicholas Kile. As city controller and an attorney serving the City of Kokomo, respectively, it was revealing and disgusting to read in the Kokomo Tribune the remarks and efforts you took to discredit the efforts of Mr. John Magers, superintendent of Taylor Community Schools.
Fortunately, the Indiana State Board of Accounts has noted the error of your ways and vindicated Mr. Magers, as he rightfully exercised his job responsibilities.
It set me to wondering, however, have we found the factious source or only another example of the actions emanating in recent months to seemingly pit the interests of the City of Kokomo against Howard County at-large on a variety of issues? Are we not a community within a community that should be seeking to communicate and mediate our desires to achieve the best and balanced interests of both communities?
It is bad enough that we have to endure endless political bickering at the national level. Is it not possible at the local level to act in a civil and constructive manner?
Until I see efforts of our local officials to engage positively with each other, I see little to do other than to say, SHAME ON YOU, SHAME ON YOU.
David W. Turner, Kokomo
Filibuster rules hold America hostage
Filibusters in the United States Senate are obstructive tactics used to prevent a measure from being brought to the floor for a vote.
In the ’50s, politicians used common sense and would only filibuster when necessary – one or two times a year. Today, a record-breaking number of filibusters by Senate Republicans are blocking almost every bill and effectively shutting down our government.
By overusing and abusing the filibuster, Senate Republicans are changing the constitutional structure of our government, rendering our democracy inoperable. They are obstructing the operation of our government for their own political gain rather than doing what’s in the best interest of America.
There is hope of putting our government back on the right track. Harry Reid, the Senate majority leader, and a handful of other senators are working to change the Senate rules that govern the filibuster.
Among those senators is a freshman senator from Massachusetts, Elizabeth Warren, who will be working hard to change the filibuster rules.
If filibuster rules are successfully changed, we might even see the 375 laws held hostage by the Republicans brought to the floor of the Senate for a vote. Then, we might just get four great years with a working government and a president who has promised to work hard for the bulk of the American people – the middle class.
Larry Brooks, Kokomo
Efforts to discredit Magers ‘disgusting’
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