Moderate (George Lippencott)


Comment history

Letter to the editor: Educate yourself

I have been trying to follow the debate concerning the proposal for addressing how we manage criminal activity hereabouts. The recent posting from MS Watts was most helpful. This post has also added well to my understanding of the topic. The LJW article on how we are currently managing our local process was most helpful. What I have trouble understanding is why this topic is discussed all to frequently as an either/or.

It would seem to me that providing a responsible level of mental health support is long overdue. I note that the current incarceration process includes a number of positive, even creative steps to address recidivism which should continue and be reinforced. The statistics as to who is incarcerated suggest that we ae not indulging in mass incarceration but that there is a significant number of people that deserve to be off the streets. It would seem to me to be foolish beyond contempt to suggest we can significantly reduce those numbers in the near term through mental health initiatives alone.

If we carefully meld the extensive support, we are already offering our lawbreakers and would expand under the new initiative with the new mental health initiatives offered we may over time bring those numbers down. However, criminal activity is with us and betting on mental health initiatives alone to eliminate it just may not be a good idea.

Instead of endless dialogue arguing for the best solution, we should show our appreciation for all the effort our leaders and our local contributors to the process have expended in structuring ta sound proposal. Yes, it may be a bit rich and the total program might benefit from a more gradual approach, but I see little utility in starting over. Once again “better” will become the enemy of” good enough” As an aside we seem to be locked into such an approach all to often hereabouts.

The world will not end with this vote- we can fix it next year and we will all benefit from getting the new proposed process in place where we can examine it and make further changes! I hope there are few if any of us that think this initiative is the” last” word.

April 14, 2018 at 7:58 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter to the editor: Impact of taxation

Fortunately we will soon have an election that may allow us to better focus. I remind everyone that we have been under-funding critical needs for eight years. Fixing that shortcoming must be carefully done least we raise taxes on those whose taxes were never cut or only done so marginally. We have not cut taxes locally and our in fact proposing to raise them significantly. Continuing to raise local taxes while we face the shortfall in school funding might just be too much, too soon.

How about a more progressive state income tax and delays in raising local taxes and fees??

March 31, 2018 at 6:14 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter to the editor: More guns needed


March 23, 2018 at 11:59 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter to the editor: More guns needed

I thought about posting and then realized it would be a waste of time. So many of us are talking and nobody is listening.

March 21, 2018 at 10:02 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

White nationalist rally, violence rock Virginia city; 1 dead

And the beat goes on!!

August 13, 2017 at 2:59 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Opinion: With Trump, subtlety the greater sin


By all means people should read these books. Yes, the German people did hand Hitler the keys to the kingdom. Yes, the German people marched off to war willingly. Yes they remained loyal well into the war. And yes, by the time they lost faith Germany was losing the war. If Hitler had been winning would they have hung in there with him???

August 13, 2017 at 2:53 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Editorial: Grocery needs

What are we arguing here?? Dillon's opened a store not far from downtown. It is at a distance consistent with food store in relations to my home.

December 20, 2016 at 10:14 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter to the editor: Carbon fee

I agree but Senator Sanders bill went nowhere.

And the carbon tax as so far envisioned does not reallocate resources between heavy carbon users and light carbon users thus punishing people who through no fault of their own use a lot of carbon.

Yo are missing a key component of my argument - that reallocation!!!

December 20, 2016 at 10:11 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter to the editor: Carbon fee

Grid is not ready to do that yet. WE need investment in the grid. Some is happening but perhaps not fast enough to balance needs if we kill coal too quickly.

December 20, 2016 at 10:08 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter to the editor: Rural vs. urban

The original comments are not irrational. They do not demonstrate an aversion to homosexuals, blacks or what have you. They reflect no hatred.

I would suggest that your comments show an irrational fear of someone who may not agree with you - the devil is in the details.

December 20, 2016 at 10:03 a.m. ( | suggest removal )