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Voice of the people

Apr. 01, 2013 @ 11:30 PM

Offer incentives to help clean up city

Concerning the junk ordinance: Does the city really want to clean up? How does a $500 fine imposed on someone earning minimum wage work as an incentive? That just makes a depressing situation more hopeless. Why not offer real incentives instead?

Local businesses that benefit from a cleaner neighborhood could help. (Like offering free pizza coupons on cleanup day etc). Cash would work fabulously. People would literally steal trash out of their neighbors yard to bring in -- cleanup would be done in a day. Offer to trade for tree planting or tomato plants, something useful. This would be cheaper than the impossible enforcement. What are you going to do, garnish wages?

I think this ordinance is lazy legislating. Be creative and motivate people instead of always defaulting to the no-brainer of do it or get punished. I understand some neighborhoods have junk issues. But so does U.S. 60, which would be City Council's responsibility. Should we fine them personally until it gets cleaned up?

Let's think of ways neighborhoods can come together instead of ways government can become more intrusive.

Lorrie Spence

Huntington

Death penalty is fair and just

There are those who think the death penalty is cruel punishment. Well, just what was the crime that the person did to deserve the death penalty? If murdering someone they caused cruel and unusual death to someone else, what's the difference?

Our prisons are overcrowded because of bleeding heart liberals who think we can afford more than $25,000 a year to keep those who have committed these cruel crimes and know that they will, if caught, get free room, free board, free TV, free health care and free food for the rest of their natural life.

This is at the expense of the working man who they have robbed or killed and are not afraid of the law. This is why crime is on the rise in the first place. The Bible is for the death penalty. Why are we afraid to stand up for those whose lives have been taken?

Homer Campbell

Ironton, Ohio

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