Every Picture Tells a Story
ANNAPOLIS ROYAL, NOVA SCOTIA, CANADA: The picture at left is of a tidal generator releasing water into an inlet of the Bay of Fundy at Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia, Canada. The Bay of Fundy has the highest tides in the world that range up to 30 feet twice a day.
You can see the high tide mark on the side of the dam. When the tide rises the flood gates are opened. The area behind the dam is flooded. When the tide drops the water is released back into the bay through turbines to create electricity. The electricity created from the operation is more than is used by the local population. The excess electricity is sold back to other utilities, lowering the cost of electricity for the local population.
Photo Voter I.D. BY GREG WALTERS
An Idea Whose Time has Come
It is political year.
That means there will be many silly arguments over some very serious issues. By far, the silliest argument we have heard this campaign season has to do with the use of a photo I.D. when voting.
Currently, a photo I.D. is not required to vote in Missouri. But there are many who believe the time has come to require them.
Opponents of the photo Voter I.D. claim the move is an effort to keep certain segments of the public from voting.
That argument does not hold water.
Consider the following:
- Do bankers require a photo ID to cash a check an effort to discourage people from banking?
- When a pharmacist requires you to show a photo ID to buy a decongestant is he doing so to keep you from taking medicine? Is his action some part of grand conspiracy to keep you from getting well?
- When you enter a Federal Building, fly on airplane, even drive a car you are required to carry a photo I.D. Is that requirement there to keep you from entering the federal building, fly on airplane or keep you from driving a car?
The photo I.D. is used in all of the above because there are some in our world who may do harm, subvert the use of the product, or even steal what is not theirs. That includes cheating in elections.
Requiring a Photo I.D. to vote is not an attempt to keep people from voting. It is an attempt to guarantee that we have honest elections.
Certainly, the integrity of elections in America is as important as driving a car.
Certainly, the integrity of elections in America is as important as driving a car.
The Great Debate BY PAUL LIVIUS
Aziere vs. McDonald for the 28th District
Most eyes are focused on the recent debate between President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney in what is becoming an extremely tight race for the Presidency.
However, theirs is not the only debate going on.
Locally, Republican Jim Aziere and Democrat Tom McDonald squared off in a debate last week at Raytown City Hall. Both are running to represent Raytown in Jefferson City in the newly created 28th District of the Missouri House of Representatives.
Recognition is due the League of Women Voters for monitoring the debate.
We have received a number of requests to link to some You Tube broadcasts of the event.
To view the Aziere vs. McDonald Debate use these links:
The Paul Livius Report
Raytown Board of Aldermen Meeting – October 2, 2012
The invocation was given by Deanna Hayden of the South Wood Church of the Nazarene.
- Raytown resident Kathy Webster told the Board she wants to vote for the Judge in Raytown. She said the Mayor and Aldermen are voted into office and they speak for the people and residents should have the same right when it comes to the Municipal Judge.
- Don Wilson, an attorney and resident in Raytown, said the concept of the voters choosing the judges in Raytown has worked very well. He asked if we want the Raytown judge answering to the people of Raytown or answering to the Board of Aldermen. He asked the Board to put the issue to a vote of the people.
- Rochelle Townsend, an attorney in Raytown, was surprised the Board is looking at making a change without any input of the people. The people should be allowed to vote on this issue.
- Noel Chavez said he is displeased with the thought of having a judge the people haven’t been able to choose.
- Gene Battle, a Raytown resident, said he was appalled that the Board is wanting to take away our right to vote.
- Kim Dobbs, a Raytown resident, is against the city officials making changes to the court without consulting voters. If changes are made, it should only happen after a vote of the people. Resident should be electing their own municipal judge.
- Cheryl Stebbins, a Raytown resident, said it is our honor to vote for those who represent us.
- Jeff Burnmeister, a Raytown resident and attorney, said it is important for the community to vote for the judge. The appointment would only breed distrust in the community.
The Board passed the Fiscal Budget for 2012-2013. City Administrator, Mahesh Sharma, told the Board they were projecting a 2% increase in Sales Tax Revenue this coming year. Based on this, he was recommending a 3% across the board pay increase for all part and full time city employees. He said he was aware of the economy’s impact on taxpayers. To ease that burden, he is recommending no sewer rate increase this year, as the sewer fund is in good shape.
Alderman Melson stated she thought the appropriation of $7,800 for Color Guard uniforms should be cut from the budget. She also stated that instead of purchasing 22 computer tablets for the police department, they should only purchase 3 this year and wait to see how well they work in the field before purchasing more.
Alderman White said she had been told the police were going to purchase a few tablets at first, and if they worked well, purchase more. Alderman Van Buskirk said just because the Board passes a budget doesn’t mean each department has to spend all they money. He also had been told the police would purchase a few tablets at first.
Alderman Aziere said the Board should not rubber stamp the budget, but there are departmental needs and the Board should trust each department to know what they need in the way of equipment. Alderman Pardue reminded the Board they had already talked about these issues at the budget meetings and it is too late to make changes. Any changes should have been made earlier.
The Board passed the continuation of an existing agreement by and between the City of Raytown and Cochran Head Vick & Co. for the performance of professional audit services for fiscal year 2012-2013. Alderman Hamilton asked when this will be re-bid. Mr. Loughry said he wanted to stay with this firm in order to keep a continuity of services. Mayor Bower asked if this will include an audit of the Police Pension Fund. Mr. Loughry said it did not, and he had no idea of the cost of such an audit.
The Board heard the second reading of an ordinance amending Chapter 18 of the Code of Ordinances regarding the municipal court and judge. Alderman Lightfoot moved the resolution be tabled indefinitely. Alderman Ertz agreed and said we have a part time judge doing an excellent job of running a full time court.
HYPOCRISY: Feigned High Principles - the false claim to or pretense of having admirable principles, beliefs, or feelings.
It is said that if the shoe fits, wear it. City Administrator Mahesh Sharma put on a pair of shoes at the last meeting of the Board of Aldermen. And yes, they fit him perfectly.
During the meeting Sharma gave a stem winder of a speech immediately before the Board approved this year’s city budget.
In his speech the City Administrator made quite a fuss about the fact that the city was not increasing sanitary sewer rates. His reasoning was (that) given the weak state of the local economy, it would be wrong to increase taxes on the good people of Raytown.
On the surface it sounds like a magnanimous decision by the City Administrator.
But those of us who can remember longer than two weeks back – it is a text book example of hypocrisy.
It was just two weeks earlier, at the October 2nd meeting of the City Council that Mr. Sharma recommended the city raise property taxes. That tax increase, dutifully approved by the Board of the Aldermen, increased property taxes across the board on Raytowner’s homes, cars and other personal property.
City Administrator Mahesh Sharma was the recipient of a $30,000 pay increase just a few months back. The requirement that he live within the city limits of Raytown was removed by the Board of Aldermen at the same time as the pay increase. So he does not have to pay the increased property taxes he recommended.
It has been said that actions speak louder than words. If so, then City Administrator Mahesh Sharma’s feigned caring loses its meaning when compared to his action of just two weeks prior.
Fit Bottomed Girls
A Super Reliable Running Buddy BY JENN
You know how we always say that there’s nothing like having a good workout buddy to keep you accountable? Well, while writing about my fitness endeavors here and being friends with the other FBGs does keep me in check, I have to give my recent 10K training credit to my pup Siena. Sure, she’s not a very good conversationalist—and... Continue reading
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