Saturday, February 14, 2004
We don't need a mayor
As an Oak Creek resident, I have a great idea -- Let Cargo Rodeman be the town manager, since she manages the town now. Pay her and throw the mayor's position out the window. We don't need a mayor, we need a town manager and she is the person for it.
Mayor is heart of town
I don't know whether Cargo Rodeman is running again this year, but she is the heart and soul of Oak Creek. It's time we honored that and paid her.
Troubled by coverage
I was extremely troubled by your coverage Friday of the Oak Creek Town Board meeting -- "Mayor raise tabled" with your stock picture of Cargo to make sure everyone got the picture. Meanwhile, you virtually ignored the important work that night regarding Oak Creek's new state-of-the-art water treatment plant, the town opposition to Steamboat's truly obnoxious water grab and the economic importance of the Sierra View subdivision. What Oak Creek will do about paying its mayor, not Cargo, but whoever is mayor, will be decided in due time by Oak Creek without regard to the Pilot & Today's blatant attempt to interfere with the issue and make Cargo look bad in the process. Tell me Susan Bacon, did Scott Stanford tell you to write the story that way or are you just so in tune with the Pilot & Today's attitude that you did it automatically?
Money for public schools
I definitely think it would be a detriment to small and rural school districts if the powers that be at the state level can create charter schools. They don't live in small, rural areas. They live in larger cities. We should keep our money in our public schools.
Make light meaningful
Here's an idea. With the crazy light that is at the west end of town that we had to have, why don't the city employees and the employees who work downtown, park in the ever-vacant parking lot at the Stock Bridge Transit Center and take the bus into town. The bus is free and that would free up spaces downtown for tourists. Then we actually would use the light west of town. It would be meaningful.
Get rid of Q of the Week
It's time to get rid of the Question of the Week. If you have noticed lately, the number of votes has been a few. Last week it was eight votes total in a town of 10,000 with 10,000 more in the county. I don't think eight votes is representative of anything. So either figure out a way to engage more people in the Question of the Week or just get rid of it.
I'm calling to ask where the recognition for Kevin Bennett is in all this historical preservation. If I'm not mistaken, he was the driving force behind everything the city is being recognized for today.
Don't need Riverwalk
Let the people of Westland Mobile Home Park be. We don't need Riverwalk. You can walk on the river wherever you want. Leave those people alone.
Zone mobile-home parks
Yes the city should pursue small-lot subdivisions to allow mobile-home development. I also think the city should look at zoning any remaining mobile-home parks for mobile-home parks only and then future purchasers will know what they are getting into.
Don't need Riverwalk
I would like to say right on to Mark Freirich for his letter to the editor, "No need for Riverwalk." I think it's a shame that the mobile-home parks in Steamboat are being sold and that the trailer owners have to leave. I lived in a trailer until I could save enough to buy my own home. Thank goodness I'm out of my trailer, but it's an excellent place to start. A lot of people can't afford to buy anything else.