Letters to the Editor - May 24, 2013
Make public input easier
Last year, the citizens of Yamhill County voted for Mike Green to be county treasurer, a position cut to 10 hours per week by the compensation committee, of which he was a member. Now, we find that Mr. Green is asking the committee for an increase of time and compensation for this elected position.
I appreciate the concern that Commissioners George and Springer, as well as lay committee members Aguiar and Halleman had with this request. I must say there are many citizens who agree with them.
The compensation committee, according to the county counsel, is given the authority to determine the compensation for elected officials, and there are public hearings for citizens to give input. However, the agenda for these hearings is not effectively publicized, and the time these hearings are held makes it difficult for working citizens to attend.
May I make three suggestions? 1. When the taxpayers’ input is needed or desired, in the case of compensation or changes for our elected officials, it would helpful if our local papers publicized the request as a main headline announcement. 2. It would also be much more inclusive if county officials held public hearings at a time when more taxpayers could be involved in the decision-making process. 3. Finally, it would show greater support for the taxpayers if the elected official, himself or herself, made a direct appeal to the citizens who elected him or her.
If these simple suggestions were implemented, I am confident we would alleviate some of the concerns arising lately concerning our elected officials. It would also increase confidence and respect from the citizens of Yamhill County.
‘I didn’t do it, my hand did’
Current activities in Washington, D.C., remind me of an incident our son tried to pull on his mother about the age of 3. After breaking something and facing a lecture, he told his mother, “I didn’t do it, my hand did.”
If Obama truly didn’t know what his appointed, Chicago-style underlings were doing, he lacks the ability to lead and should be impeached. On the other hand, if he did know, he should go to prison. One way or the other, his hand did it.
Elmer M. Werth