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It's election day. In the city in which I live, the voters will decide on what its opponents have branded "an extreme charter amendment" that will shackle our city officials in entering into contracts concerning city property. It is extreme, but those same city officials brought it on themselves with their attitude toward the residents. For an example of this attitude, the mayor, a former police officer, threatened to sic the cops on the senior citizens who gather petition signatures for the ballot language. A real sweetheart, this guy.

We also have the school district asking for creation of a sinking fund and promising us "Your taxes won't go up." No, they won't, but they won't go down like they were supposed to, either. A dealer might get some questions for a local regulator for this kind of deceptive advertising.

Such is the state of local government and government at all levels, for that matter. The establishment looks on in disgust at Brexit, Trump, Catalonia, etc., but they fail to examine their own failings. Maybe people aren't thrilled about a monolithic regulator created to protect their finances. It reminds me of the old joke about the messengers who comes to the king while he holds court and breathlessly announces, "The peasants are revolting!" The king replies, "Well, they certainly are."

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Ted Craig

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