Letters to the Editor
We welcome letters to the Editor, a chance for members of the community to comment on issues of concern to them. All letters must be original, not duplications of letters addressed to public officials or written by others. The views and opinions expressed are those of the letter writer and do not necessarily reflect the views of this publication, its publishers, Editor, or staff.
To the Editor:
Your Tax Dollars at Work … or are they?
Several people attended the Administrative and Legislative Committee Meeting on Jan. 3 at the Lincoln County Service Center. They could not hear the meeting conversations again. This continues to demonstrate the lack of transparency and consideration for the constituents by the Board. When they speak, they do not project their face nor face the audience to alleviate this problem. This issue has been discussed repeatedly with the Chairman and has not been resolved. Several large monitors have been placed around the room and the closed captions run too fast to read and often are incorrect.
This is just another example of this County Board’s lack of consideration for their constituents. Providing a microphone for every one or two Supervisors would improve communication.
Comments given after the meeting include: can’t hear, the screen is ridiculous, so garbled, doesn’t pick up the correct wording, I couldn’t hear much and the captions have many errors, speakers do not face the audience or project their voices, very hard to hear constantly and I have good hearing, closed caption is very poor and confusing, the old system was much easier to follow when mics were used, and you are all beautiful in person but we need to hear you. Comments submitted by: Karen Nocco, Irene Mehlos, Don Dunphy, Sr. Kathy Lange, Sr. Celine Goessel, Linda Doerr, and Judy Woller.
– Judy Woller
To the Editor:
Forty-one thousand people die annually from secondhand cigarette smoke. The majority of these deaths occur in rental properties where landlords adamantly refuse to instigate no-smoking policies. Staggering!!
At the Gleason Villa apartment building, Lincoln County Housing Authority, owners of the property, rent to chronic cigarette smokers. There is no insulation between apartments, allowing secondhand smoke to poison the air in the hallway, and to waft through the ventilation system into the apartments of non-smokers. My clothes, bedding, and towels emanate the toxicity smoke. I had bronchitis during December due to breathing the miasma.
LCHA receives HUD assistance for the low-income persons who reside at the Villa. HUD’s goal is for the properties who receive their assistance to incorporate non-smoking in their buildings. In their greed, LCHA desires to receive HUD funding, yet LCHA will not swallow its pride to incorporate non-smoking. HUD buildings ought to set the standard by which private rental properties do business.
Sad, isn’t it, that LCHA has chosen not to do so?
– Donna Kikkert
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