Courier-Gazette Letters to the Editor, Oct. 17

Oct 17, 2019

Sincere gratitude for supper

We would like to thank everyone for the benefit supper and auction. Also thank you to all of the local businesses for your donations. We so appreciate everyone's generosity and support. Thank you all so much for the outpouring of kindness, prayers and well wishes while recovering from the stroke. Everyone has been so amazing!

Thank you again,

Rodney and Joanne Genthner

Friendship

Changes for the council

Please support Don Robishaw and Ian Emmott for Rockland City Council.

The current Rockland city council tried to ram through radical changes to the zoning, drastically reducing lot sizes and setbacks in an attempt to fundamentally change the character of Rockland. It was met with strong resistance from the public. Instead of withdrawing their plans, they suspended the push until dissent died down. The current council has also chosen to spend recklessly, including proposing spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to fight "climate change." To the current council, huge tax increases appear to be the price we must pay to "virtue signal" we want to save the earth, and subsidize anyone with a pet project. At the candidate forum, two of the candidates, Ed Glaser and Nate Davis even expressed support for adding a city of Rockland sales tax. Apparently for them, if high taxes are okay, higher is better.

The makeup of the city council needs to change if Rockland is to get its fiscal house in order, get taxes under control, and shift the focus of the council back to listening to the people. Don Robishaw and Ian Emmott appear to be the voices of reason for the taxpayers this year. With Ed and Nate, we are doomed to more of the same.

Ted Cowan

Rockland

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