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Letters to the editor – Sunday (4-17-2011)

Think the checks are in the mail?
Regardless of where you come down on the budget, debt and deficit debate, you must have noticed all the affluent people, the president included, saying how they donít need a tax cut and that, in fact, they can afford to pay more.
I donít know exactly how it would work but Iím sure the IRS would accept checks from these people who think they should and/or could pay more.
For me, I believe the old saying that doing the same thing and expecting a different result is insanity. The government does not have a revenue problem, it has a spending problem. And for our president to say the choices are between the rich getting richer and Down Syndrome children going without help is demagoguery beneath the office that he holds.
ó Jeff Chapman
Salisbury
Water bill woes
Seems Salisbury is short of money. Iím sure this had nothing to do with a dramatic increase in my water bill for last month. Still, it makes one wonder. What better way to bring in additional revenue? Itís probably just paranoia on my part. Still, I have to ask, how many others are experiencing a noticeable increase in their water use ěrateî?
When I went by the Main Street office, it was closed. Two city employees directed me to the new location. I remarked, ěOdd they have money to move all the way across town to a new expensive building, but not enough money to keep from laying off employees.î
This got a big smile but a ěwe canít commentî reply. Imagine freedom of speech being restricted in America!
To continue on about the laid-off city employees, Salisbury says only four have been laid off. Of course, they didnít say for how long. They also didnít say anything about the other employees who received letters offering early retirement and urging this instead of possible unending layoffs.
When I got to the new, swank office complex to inquire and complain about my water bill, I got the usual double-talk and ěI donít know.î So I asked to speak to a supervisor. I was told he was out and would call me. A week later, Iím still waiting on the call.
Seems to me, if the supervisor was out or was too cowardly to talk to a customer, he should be getting a retirement letter.
After all, Salisbury still needs to afford City Manager Dave Treme, even if there have been a few scandals in the police and fire departments. Gee, I hope this hasnít spread to the water department.
ó W.F. Owens
Spencer

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