Friday, April 30, 2010
Bossier City officials warn that police officers and fire fighters will be laid off if the tax increase does not pass.
If you Google "police and fire millages around the country", you will see time and time again that whenever governing bodies want more taxes, the first hostages they take are police officers and fire fighters .
Until police officers, fire fighters, and the citizens they protect and serve, rise up and demand accountability from elected officials in how tax dollars are spent, this scenario will continue to occur.
Taxpayers in Bossier City will come through tomorrow and approve the tax increase, but not because they think Bossier City government has been wise with tax dollars. Taxpayers will approve the millage because their heroes are the underpaid, overworked police officers and fire fighters of Bossier City. Every one of those heroes would gladly ransom us. Once again, we have to ransom them.
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Thursday, April 29, 2010
Of special note is that the study focused only on the original 24.8 acres of the Walker Place Development. The economic impact of just the 24,8 acres over a ten year period was estimated at $500,000,000.
The last paragraph of page ii states:
"The cumulative revenues expected to be received by Bossier City during the five-year construction of the multi-purpose development are expected to be $261,289,136."
If the Bossier City Council had not derailed the Walker Place Development over a lone curb cut in August, 2006, Bossier City would be nearing revenues of $261Million+.
How could $261 Million have benefitted Bossier City? For starters, more police officers, more life-saving paramedic fire fighters, lower taxes....[Sigh]
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Those who put such blind faith in elected officials would be well served by heeding the words of Thomas Jefferson:
"Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone. The people themselves, therefore, are its only safe depositories. And to render even them safe, their minds must be improved to a certain degree."Over the past few weeks, this blog site has heard complaints about not being "fair", not being "accurate", and not being truthful. Strangely, those objecting to this blog's content seem abjectly repulsed at the thought of actually presenting whatever evidence they have to support their claims.
--Thomas Jefferson: Notes on Virginia Q.XIV, 1782. ME 2:207
This blog has gone to great lengths to present factual data, and has openly invited anyone to present any evidence they possess which refutes any of the information which has been presented in the blog.
So, here is yet another invitation. If anyone has evidence which disputes the accuracy of the data contained in any post of this blog, please present it. If we are wrong, we will make the necessary corrections.
The critics of this blog can choose to man-up (or woman-up) and debate us on the substance of the issue of the Walker Place Development. Or, the critics can refuse to present their evidence, refuse to debate us on the facts, and continue their own self-deception which insulates them from the grim task of dealing with the ugly reality of truth, choosing instead, to engage in vague innuendo, nebulous accusations, and anger bordering on hysteria.
It is the anger that is most disconcerting, for it seems that in the minds of some, the First Amendment is only applicable when the words are those with which they agree.
Sunday, April 11, 2010
"While the Defendants contend this was the first time MPC members knew of a curb cut, the Plaintiffs maintain, and the Court assumed to be true for purposes of the preliminary injunction proceeding, that many city officials knew of, and have given their oral approval to, the curb cut onto the Parkway." (Page 11)
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