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Voice of the people

Jul. 27, 2013 @ 11:30 PM

City needs to collect fees already on the books

We do not need more taxes! Only a politician would have the audacity to ask citizens to pay more taxes, when there are millions of dollars in uncollected fees on the books at City Hall. It doesn't sit well with me when I see names of people who are employed making six-figure incomes and they owe thousands for refuse and thousands more for municipal fees! They can't or won't pay their fair share? Let's get real.

There is no such thing as a temporary fee in this city. The city was doing us a huge favor by sending us only one bill, however it wasn't anytime until a new garbage fee was voted in. It is called "refuse" fee, and it also has been raised several times.

We need a city government that has the intelligence and fortitude to collect the millions in fees already on the books. That would solve all our problems. Do I think this will happen? Never. They will continue to bleed the retirees and homeowners who are honest and try to pay their fees, while others spend their money on football games, cruises, vacations and new cars.

It is high time for the finance department to collect the fees. We do not need to institute more fees knowing full well only a few will pay them. It is time for city residents to boycott City Hall fees until ALL pay. Have you ever heard of attachment of wages? You know how to boot a car for unpaid tickets.

If you share my sentiments, call the mayor and make your wishes known.

Mary Sowards


Media making a circus of courts

When is it OK to kill?

The shameful behavior of the media in the George Zimmerman/Trayvon Martin murder trial is an insult to network broadcasting.

The pundits embarrassed themselves again. The liberals to convict/ the conservatives to acquit was a trial of opinion in the public domain along partisan lines in the land that constitutionally guarantees innocent until proven guilty by a jury of peers, not a circus by opinionators not seeking justice but trying to create a ruckus.

Steva Kopa

Weirton, W.Va.



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