|Councilman wants to close clubs at 2am|
The City of Jacksonville may pull the plug on Jacksonville's late night life.
Sure, and doing it shortly before the Superbowl
arrives is brilliant thinking for the future. We'll never see another
National function here if the City pulls in its sidewalks shortly after
HERE WE GO AGAIN.....
An editorial opinion by R. F. Mariano - 10/22/02
A losing proposition.....
Is this do-nothing council critter for real or, is he another, in a long line, of those in dreamland seeking to make a name for themselves regardless of the cost to themselves, the Council and the taxpayers?
From proposals of an ordinance about Swimming Pool Inspections..... to an ordinance proposing about how many pets one may have.... we find our current council members quagmired in a sea of frivolous non-sense. When is the City of Jacksonville going to have a City Council that represents ALL of the taxpayers and voters intelligently?
Here come the Blue Laws Again
Now, we find another "bright eyed and bushy tailed, political professional" jumping up using the City Council as a sound stage. A stage to foist upon the taxpayers and voters all sorts of grandstanding-like propositions of ill-thought out ordinances that will throw this city back 20 years in growth factor. Sure, close ALL the clubs & bars at 2:am. What's next? Close all package stores on Sundays and then perhaps make sure they're closed at midnight Saturday night to make certain they are not open during any part of Sunday! How ridiculous is all this nonsense going to become before someone wakes up to the fact its election time and these do-nothing politicians are trying to save their cushy, fact finding Chits, big moneyed, egomaniacal positions.
Is the City Council really doing its job? Are the various grandstanding council critters making sure the taxpayers and voters know exactly what's going on in the city? I don't think so. When was the last time anyone heard any council critter raise sand over the privatization of just about every city service imaginable? Can we truly afford privatization?
Privatization is the TRUE Enemy
Privatization has practically bankrupted a number of rather well known cities around the world. Must Jacksonville be next? Remember the very basic concept of government. Government begins as a group of people who band together to form a governing body for their community. They institute taxes within that community so their new government is able to fund itself and operate in an efficient manner. The concept is.. a number of community members become employed by that government. Thus, the tax dollars collected by that government that are designated for wages and services are traditionally funneled back into the community creating a positive cycle of cash flow. This enables the community to thrive and prosper.
Privatization may initially appear to save government money..... but the true picture is plain to see. Privatization pushes the economic strength of that community out of the area and into the coffers of privately owned corporations in other communities thus breaking the positive cycle of cash flow supporting the government. The end result is deficits and tax increases to cover the losses. Do you the reader, really believe Privatization is in Jacksonville's best interests? I don't and anyone I have asked is totally shocked to learn our tax dollars are leaving both the City and the State because of privatization!
Council Critters Should Answer These Hard Questions
These are some basic but very serious questions to be asked of this City Council. A City Council that's so busy proposing goofy ordinances to correct situations we already have laws on the books for.
Let's get back on track.... This is the year 2002..... Let's start thinking of the future of The City of Jacksonville and ALL its taxpaying citizens. It's time Lake Ray woke up .... the sky isn't falling and we do not want "disguised marshal law" in the city of Jacksonville.
Mr. Ray please propose something worthwhile, like an audit of the entire privatization effort going on in Jacksonville.... is it really benefiting the city? Or, will the Boy Mayor be miffed at you for doing so? Weren't he and you roomies in college? Can you separate professionalism from good old boy garbage? The City Council should be deeply monitoring the development progress and application of the monies collected on behalf of "The Better Jacksonville Plan".
What about the deal where the NEW Proposed Multi-million dollar Downtown library is already inadequate?? Why is an annex needed when the new library is not done yet? What's the big secret? Does not enough room for the books come to mind?? The trucks cannot deliver to the new library? Or, is it some more wonderful good old boy politics.... who did the city BUY that downtown property from and for how much? Who is getting paid by the city to use or buy this now very necessary "annex"? I say the gouge is on... and the City Council is looking the other way.