Lois McDonald is the wise choice in county’s Third District race
The race for the Jackson County Legislature’s Third District provides an interesting choice of sometimes diverse platforms. These platforms offer suggested solutions to many of Jackson County's current issues, but the approach can be a detriment to community neighborhoods. Multiple billboards, numerous mailings, giant yard signs, ethics violation accusations, and threats of lawsuits leave a concerned voting public very tired.
However, this campaign does have a bright spot. Apart from all of the "sound and fury," the candidacy of Lois McDonald does offer voters a "people oriented" approach to citizen representation.
Lois McDonald brings to the table a record of unsurpassed involvement in her community. Her presence is felt as the lead organizer of the Santa-Cali-Gon Days festival, a mother, grandmother, registered nurse, foster parent, small business owner and community activist. Her involvement in all of her roles demonstrates her total commitment to her neighbors, public safety, children, schools and economic development. Lois is a breath of fresh air.
It is time for our County Legislature to experience the likes of a Lois McDonald. I heartily recommend this candidate and ask that the voters of Independence and Sugar Creek give her their support on Aug. 7.
Stan Salva, former mayor of Sugar Creek
Who is responsible for the Independence utility bill fiasco?
To all of you representatives of the people of this community:
First, let me say that I am horribly offended that not one of you (with the notable and worthy exception of Karen DeLuccie) have bothered to return my phone calls to City Hall regarding the screwed up mess with the utility billing system. As a constituent of your district, Tom Van Camp, you especially should be ashamed of not responding to my phone calls.
I have worked in information technology all of my life and I have never seen such a screwed up mess as has happened with the conversion to the new utility billing system. If you don't have the guts to fire the people that were in charge of this fiasco, then further shame on you for not taking action. I can assure you that if I had done such a pathetically poor job of implementing any project during my career, I would have been fired and rightfully so.
Not only did I, along with everyone else, receive my bill extremely late for the period April 17, 2018 to May 18, 2018, I was further insulted when my bill the following month showed up with the large bold word delinquent printed on the face of the bill in two places. When I received the first bill, I promptly mailed the payment for it on June 20, 2018. This check was deposited into the city's bank account on June 25, 2018, the date that is was due, and it cleared my bank on the following day, June 26, 2018. Please note, that even though I received my bill over three weeks later then normal, I still managed to get it paid by the due date. It seems painfully obvious that someone should have ensured that the word delinquent would not have appeared on anyone's bill the second month after the disastrous lateness of the first month's bills.
Did no one actually test the new billing system before its implementation? Having a few quirks with a new implementation is one thing, but allowing a totally screwed up fiasco like this one to be foisted on the citizens and utility customers of this city is nothing short of derelict.
J. Lowell Krofft, Independence