The current disaster in the White House
To quote former Arizona head coach Denny Green, “They are what we thought they were and we let them off the hook.”
Coach Green was describing the Chicago Bears after they had just beat his Cardinals. To paraphrase this quote, one could say the same thing about Trump. He is what we thought he was and up to this point in time, we have let him off the hook.
This president is an unadulterated disaster. He is the worst president in the history of the United States of America. Hands down. Not even close. This was no more apparent than during his recent trip to England. Trump insulted the prime minister of England, the mayor of London and the former Meghan Markle all within 24 hours. He has weakened NATO. He has threatened our relationship with England. Most importantly, he has “...convinced many European leaders they can no longer rely on the United States in the event of emergency.” (Uncertain times for US, allies, 6/6/19, A5)
Trump continues to gaslight the American people with an astounding number of untruths. According the Washington Post, this president has lied over 10,000 times since taking office. Whether it be “no obstruction, no collusion” or the number of people protesting his visit to England, he will repeat his fabrications over and over again in hopes of convincing at least the people who voted for him that what they are hearing is just “fake news.” News flash: It is Trump that spreads falsehoods, not the news media. The Daily Sun reports in the briefly section that “half of US adults consider fake news a major problem... (and) also believe journalists have the responsibility for fixing it.” (6/6/19, A4)
Lastly, his pandering to conservatives lead to his halting of fetal research and his continual denial of climate change. A clear majority of scientists in both the health field and climate research support the opposing view.
Trump is an unmitigated failure. It is past the time to “give him the hook”. Unfortunately, it is best for the country to wait until the 2020 election. Make sure you vote!
City Council chasing the poor and middle class away
Our City Council has been talking about affordable housing and the high cost to live and own a business here. I cannot remember a weekly meeting that it hasn’t been mentioned.
The council solidified a different message by increasing the cost to own/rent by increasing property tax. If it were just this one cost increase, there would be no support for my concern. Councilmembers Whelan, Odegaard and Salas voted “No.”
As Mayor Coral stated Tuesday night, this increase will allow the city to hire more staff: Housing Development Coordinator, $75,000/yr, and a Code Compliance position, $36,000/yr, to check exterior lighting and for a Winter Holiday.
I have had discussions with trusted individuals about new city staffing positions being asked for and was told they were not needed, waste of money. These positions listed were obviously the positions mentioned as not needed.
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Other cost the city has increased: building permits, and mandating 240-volt receptacles in front of every garage parking spot. It is for your current or future electric car. New Building/Energy Code passed Tuesday night (Coral and Regina voted NO). Cost: residential $2k, commercial $12K.
There are more added costs that have been approved and more coming.
It is time the City Council makes up their mind what is it they want for Flagstaff. They cannot demand more tax dollars from our residence and expect homes to become affordable. Please make up your mind. You are chasing the poor and middle class away from Flagstaff.
Offering ways to help improve bulk trash service
We are blessed with what I like to call “Cadillac” trash service here in Flagstaff. We get a great big bin to put all of our weekly trash in, another big bin for mixed recycling (no sorting required) and bulk pickup once a month.
That last is probably the best of them all. Every month we can put whatever we want by the curb and the city will come by and take it to the landfill for us. No fee and no questions asked – they just make it go away. This is truly a very convenient service that I doubt is available in many other cities.
I’d like to make two suggestions about bulk pickup. First, please don’t put your stuff out there until close to your pickup date. You are tired of looking at that stuff, which is why you’re probably getting rid of it, but we don’t want to look at it for a whole month either. Get on the city website and find out what the pickup date is for your neighborhood and put your stuff out just before that date.
Second, try and get rid of your stuff some other way. I see all kinds of nice things set out for bulk pickup in my neighborhood: TVs, treadmills, bedroom sets, etc. If that stuff is in decent condition try and find someone to take it rather than just sending it to the landfill. I just take a quick picture, post it on Craigslist under the free section and mention that it’s sitting at the end of my driveway for whoever wants it. It’s always gone within 24 hours.
It we all did these two things, our neighborhoods would look better and we would save a lot of space in our landfill.