Write-in candidate says Independence needs a voice of the people

Lucy Young



I ask the citizens to “write in” Lucy Young for mayor April 3. I offer 10 years experience and a common “dollars with sense” approach to government. My platform is Reduce Crime, Stabilize The Budget and Frame The Future.

Independence residents have a 1 in 17 chance of being a victim of a crime. IFD and IPD are underfunded, and we need more ‘boots on the ground. Instead of “the greenest city,” I suggest we make Independence “the bluest city in America” and get IPD up to the national standards.

The stock market is down, new federal tariffs are in place and economic growth is predicted to further decline. The city cannot rely on new taxes on the backs of the citizens to recover from economic fluxes. All sales or use taxes must include designated ballot language to guarantee hard-earned tax dollars are used for the citizens’ priorities.

The need for good full-time jobs must be prioritized. Blue Springs captured 300 jobs because our utilities were more expensive. It is critical that we use this as a springboard for further development.

I would appreciate your “X” and writing in “Lucy Young” for mayor. My contact information remains the same: Lucy.listens@gmail.com.


Flawed assumptions in GOP tax proposal?

Terry Flowers


The one thing I learned in my economics class in my college years is that it is not an exact science. You can ask three economists an economic question and get three different answers. It seems that the challenge is in determining which economic factors will dominate and win out in creating the results that are desired.

In the case of the current tax bill being proposed by the Republican Party, a number of economic factors are at play. The Republicans are promoting the idea that by reducing corporate/business taxes the savings realized by the corporations/businesses will be utilized to expand and hire thereby stimulate the overall economy. This is the “trickle-down economic theory.” In some ways this seems like a reasonable assumption. However, other economic factors may come into play.

One would be the demand for goods and services. If a company/corporation is able to satisfy the needs of its consumer/client, there is no incentive to expand or hire regardless of the savings from a tax cut. And as long as the corporation/company has no problem hiring enough employees, there is no incentive to increase wages/benefits. The company/corporation may decide to simply increase its cash reserves.

One reason to decide to increase cash reserves could be due to the rapidly rising cost of health care for their employees. This is a concern for many corporations/businesses as well as a concern for almost all Americans as health care consumes over a sixth of the nation’s gross national product and is growing. Of course the solution to this challenge is a single-payer health care system, but that is another, although closely related, issue.

There are most likely other economic factors that I am unaware of and some that no one is aware of. It is likely that there will be unintended consequences from almost any tax overhaul. What concerns me is how the Republican Party has moved ahead with little transparency or input from the Democrats or even the public as it seems that the majority of Americans of all parties do not like this bill.

The Supreme Court of the United States ruled in Wood v. Brown that the provisions of each apportionment act affected only the apportionment for which they were written. The Reapportionment Act of 1929 established the number of House seats to 435. In addition, there is a non-voting “Resident commissioner” for Puerto Rico and for the Philippines, plus a “Delegate” for American Samoa, District of Columbia, the Virgin Islands, Guam, and the Northern Mariana Islands.