It would help to get a proper perspective if the cuts were to be presented as a percentage of the agency’s total budget. It would also be fair to note what the city’s contribution will be after the proposed cuts.
'Unlike the article implied, the HSMC is not a division, department or entity of the Metropolitan Planning Commission (MPC). The HSMC holds meetings in the MPC’s conference room and is staffed by MPC staff but it is a Commission created by, appointed by and reports to City Council.'
As a regular reader of your paper, the first thing I turn to is either the letters or the opinion section. While reading Doug Wyatts column, it was blatantly obvious that this column was a spoof. Im surprised more people didnt pick up on that. Why? Because in the four-plus years that I have read your paper I dont recall seeing any kind of Republican/conservative viewpoint printed in the Connect opinion page.
Secondly, Dougs column was written from such an overtly ignorant point of view, it could only suggest that the authors true contempt was not for the people who were affected by Katrina, but for those who might vote Republican.
This leads me to your follow-up Letter from the Editor and the apparent lack of political discourse our country is undergoing. Are liberals really that innocent of agitating their nemesis?
Your suggestion that someone (like me) who listens to Rush Limbaugh (Ben Bennett is way too early for me), or watches Bill OReilly or Sean Hannity (you forgot his liberal co-host Alan Combs, who does provide a balance to the show), might actually agree with the elementary ramblings of your conservative columnist is insulting. It goes to show that you have as much insight into Republicans, as a whole, as you think they have about Democrats.
While all the aforementioned personalities have played the blame game, Limbaugh, OReilly, and Hannity havent been entirely forgiving of the presidents handling of the Katrina situation. Problems were abounding from the start, on all levels, and from a variety of reasons; no one is guilt free.
So, dont speak as if liberals are the downtrodden that never get taken seriously or get their fair say. While the word liberal might mean tolerant or broad-minded, it also has come to mean anti-Republican; the latter doesnt make one the former.
PAY RAISES SMELL FISHY
The Savannah Morning News had an article about the raise that county manager Russ Abolt received. I want to see the rest of the story. Mr. Abolt gave all of his department heads big fat merit raises that were not in the budget. Some were over 7 percent.
None of the employees got a merit raise. In fact, the county hasnt given the employees a merit raise in years. So, why do the department heads get them? When did the commission approve them?
Now, all employees have gotten a 3 percent cost of living adjustment. The department heads and Mr. Abolt are getting this on top of their merit raises. How fair is that? Some department heads will end up with better than 10 percent raises.
WHY GIVE COPS FREE PR?
Regarding Night Patrol, Oct. 5 issue:
I dont know why taxpayers are funding a public relations department for the Savannah Police when Jim Morekis does the same job for free.
CONNECT IS GOOD COMPETITION
I would gladly pay for a subscription for a competing left-leaning publication to Savannahs right-leaning daily paper. I do not, and will not pay for the Savannah Morning News. I visit their online savannahnow.com site simply to check for news of local interest.
If Connect Savannah could hire staff to cover local news and obits, I would gladly forego all association with the Morning News and savannahnow.com.
Anyway, thanks! And keep up the good work!
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