merrill (Richard Heckler)


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Editorial: Judicial politics

"This feeling that is rampant in the thoughts of some Republican candidates."

Are these candidates truly republican? I think not which indicates they are deceiving the public.

Right wing fascist leadership does not want republicans in office.

Right wing fascist leadership FEAR USA employment and a return to the American quality of life that existed prior to the right wing fascist leadership war on the GOP, USA economy and extended war on the middle class workers that made this country quite wealthy.

Neither WOMEN nor Greens nor Republicans nor Democrats nor the Upper Middle Class/Middle class can afford right wing fascist leadership aka RINO Party!

July 5, 2015 at 2:08 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

City Hall proposes tax increase to fund boost in city salaries, mental health workers in schools

A new study funded by the Advocates for a Sustainable Albemarle Population and supported in part by Renewable Energy Consulting Services, compares the revenue Charlottesville and Albemarle residents create through property taxes with the cost of services the local governments provide to those residents. Consistent with other studies, it finds a significant deficit in both the city and the county.

The research, conducted by Mr. Craig Evans, is titled "Counting the Costs and Benefits of Growth: A Fiscal Impact Analysis of Growth in the City of Charlottesville and Albemarle County, Virginia".

One notable conclusion of the report is that the best way to combat deficits and foster prosperity is to curb growth. For one thing, the break-even price (in terms of paying for services) of a home in Albemarle County would be $668,761. This is the average price at which all future homes must be sold to avoid increasing current deficits. It’s just not possible.

The study’s executive summary points out that, “Future population increases will generate even less favorable ratios of revenues to public service costs than those reported in this study.”

While the results might shock someone like Rick Santorum, who believes perpetual growth is somehow possible, they nonetheless serve to corroborate work done by Eban Fodor earlier in 2012 – namely, that the widely held notion that growth "pays for itself" is one of the most incorrect notions circulating in the popular consciousness.

July 5, 2015 at 9:41 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

City Hall proposes tax increase to fund boost in city salaries, mental health workers in schools

a two-hotel complex being built without public subsidies — aims for completion by February 2016.

The Chartwell Hospitality hotels, a Marriott Courtyard and companion Residence Inn, continue under construction on the block bounded by Main Street, Baltimore Avenue, 16th Street and Truman Road.

“We delayed the start about three months, beginning in August 2014, but we’re on schedule for our construction timeline,” said Will Schaedle, Chartwell’s acquisition and development manager.

Schaedle said the company is “totally satisfied” with its decision to build the hotels without public incentives and the project “stands alone without assistance.

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July 4, 2015 at 9:20 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: Judicial bully

Golden parachutes
CIGNA CEO Receives $73 million retirement bonus

How much is the sick U.S. health care system costing you?

The answer:
IMPROVED Medicare Single Payer Insurance for ALL would cover every person for all necessary medical care 24/7 to include:

Wellness /prescription drugs / hospital / surgical / outpatient services / primary and
preventive care / emergency services / dental / mental health / home health / physical therapy / rehabilitation (including for substance abuse) / vision care / hearing services including hearing aids / chiropractic / medical equipment / palliative care / long term care

No deductibles / No Co-pays ( note substantial savings)

July 4, 2015 at 9:13 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

City Hall proposes tax increase to fund boost in city salaries, mental health workers in schools

Locally as I see it there are a few choices. Do the workers deserve a pay increase? Probably so.

Why does city government push hard for a wide variety of tax abatements for the wealthiest in Lawrence?

Until everyone is paying all of their taxes I do not understand how city hall can come forth with tax increases to cover the losses city hall has incurred against the will of the lions share of taxpayers?

If city hall is so certain the greater majority of taxpayers will back this increase put the matter to a vote INSTEAD of avoiding the taxpayers!!! Obviously My feelings are strong that our economy would be far more stable if all tax increases and every variety of tax abatement were
put before the taxpayers....... to deny or support.

July 4, 2015 at 8:46 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

City Hall proposes tax increase to fund boost in city salaries, mental health workers in schools

talk about willful and negligent mismanagement of our economy

Did Republicans deliberately crash the US economy?

--- The Reagan/Bush Savings and Loan Heist

--- Bush family of politicians "Rebuilding America's Defences," openly advocates for total global military domination. Many PNAC members held highest-level positions in the George W. Bush administration.

--- The Bush/Cheney Wall Street Bank Fraud on Consumers

--- What did Bush and Henry Paulson do with the $700 billion of bail out money?

--- Why did GW Bush Lie About Social Security?( This would cost taxpayers $4 trillion,place taxpayers insurance money at risk and wreck the economy)

--- Still A Bad Idea – Bush Tax Cuts – The GOP ENTITLEMENT Package for
the wealtiest 1%.


Can America afford this reckless ALEC GOP of the last 35 years? NO!

July 4, 2015 at 8:37 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

City Hall proposes tax increase to fund boost in city salaries, mental health workers in schools

I would rather quit handing out corporate welfare than increase taxes because the corporate welfare is not paying back. Lawrence gets low wage jobs in return = reckless management.

And I am not necessarily concerned with what salaries other communities are paying to anyone. Perhaps they are managing their spending and not handing out corporate welfare like drunken sailors KNOWING wage increases might be on the horizon aka planning.

There is not hard evidence that private schools are better than private schools. Public schools are required to educate every student that enrolls. Private schools can pick and choose aka discriminate. Spending per pupil where is the hard evidence?

Cannot be anymore corrupt than ALEC and the Brownback administration ---- talk about willful and negligent mismanagement of our economy.

July 4, 2015 at 8:34 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence home sales surge in May; new report shows local rental rates on dramatic rise; local incomes still lagging

Mars came at a high price to the area through the Brownback administration. Once the cost of each job is determined those jobs might not be such a great deal.

July 4, 2015 at 12:37 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: Valued artists

"Will the project celebrate and sustain East Lawrence’s vibrant community? Or will it undermine and replace it?"

Lawrence needs to be very careful on this issue.

July 3, 2015 at 10:44 p.m. ( | suggest removal )