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Re: “Battle from Both Sides

So, what kind of distinction do you want? What I know about Nancy McLaughlin is that she holds very conservative values, but also has the experience and wisdom to get things done the right way. I grew up with her kids and I can tell you she is a woman of integrity, with the strength to stand up for what is right, and the endurance to continue to the end.
When it comes to the issues Kerns criticizes her for, specifically the tax increases for city council pay-raises and for the libraries, a little common sense goes a long way. Who can live independently for just $18,000 a year, especially if they have a family? The only people who can really afford to do so are wealthy business people who have residual income from either investments or from businesses they pay others to run for them. They might be great at making a profit but how in-touch are they with regular working-class citizens? Also, it's not like Nancy voted to raise her wage to $100,000 per year or some other ridiculous amount - $30,000 a year is less than I used to make as a lead nursing assistant!
As for raising taxes for the libraries - libraries are not just places where they keep books anymore. They provide much needed resources both for people in need and for our youth. Whenever I go to one of our city libraries the thing that really impresses me is seeing people applying for jobs and seeing young people doing online research. It may seem like everyone has a computer these days, but there are actually quite a lot that don't. Unfortunately, since it is practically impossible to apply for a job without one, this means the people who need a job the most do not have the ability to get one. Our libraries go a long way toward solving this dilemma by providing computer usage for free. This means that people who would be living off of our generosity and tax money will be able to have the dignity of becoming a productive member of society, which is good for all of us.
Kerns really has nothing on McLaughlin. She has the experience, wisdom and strength to do what's right; and I believe anyone with common sense should vote for her!

Posted by Jessica Anne Hengy on 07/30/2016 at 2:50 PM

Re: “Behind Locked Doors

I knew Alex for a long time he was smart witty and a loyal friend he will be missed

Matthew Hill

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Posted by Matt Hill on 07/30/2016 at 12:02 AM

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