Colorless stories produce no letters
I decided to accept your request for letters to the editor after reading recent stories in your paper.
One story dealt with the WMU plan to double water rates, partly in order to supply increased demand from a company that might expand. Nowhere in that story could I find who generated the figures, which is critical to understanding the article. Did the city or water commissioners or WMU, or the company come up with the doubled amount needed? How would the taxpayers, represented by the elected and selected officials, verify such a need?
Your story presents as uncontested fact what may actually be fictitious. I also think such an article would not help attract a new business when they see how the city does business.
In another story, there is an annual limit on how the amount of taxes on property within the city limits can be raised. It does not mention limits in the county, where I live, and my curiosity was aroused, since my taxes went up from $740 in 2008 to $963 in 2009, an increase of slightly more than 30 percent. The only change I've seen in services from the county is that instead of fixing the pothole in the blacktop at the junction of Calmes Boulevard and the other street by me (I can't recall the name because the street sign was stolen more than a year ago and not replaced), the county threw dry gravel in it and left. The pothole remains, the gravel is scattered around it, and it is now a hazard to front end alignment and turning motorcycles.