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Federal employees: the unconstitutional fourth branch of government?

February 5, 2018 // 0 Comments

Whatever the merits or outcome of the most recent battle, Trump/GOP Congress vs. FBI, it is merely the latest skirmish in a long war. It is a conflict that pits elected officials against career federal employees, entrenched, unaccountable, and generally un-fireable. The most notable early such fight came when Andrew [Continue Reading]

Flashlights and brown water, solving problems in New Albany

October 10, 2017 // 2 Comments

“You don’t have flashlights? You must be new here.” It was a late summer day in 2000. We were, indeed, new to New Albany, and our daughter was newly enrolled in the city schools. We’d arrived early at the high school auditorium, with perhaps 50 other sets of parents, for a band concert. Without so [Continue Reading]

City budget approval meeting chaotic, contentious, confusing

September 16, 2017 // 2 Comments

After months of tedious budget approval work and a sometimes contentious debate, New Albany aldermen approved a budget which increases spending in the coming fiscal year by $44,237. The New Albany Board of Aldermen approved the FY 2017-18 budget in a public meeting Thursday evening, Sept. 14, 2017. State law requires [Continue Reading]

Political decisions: The stock and trade of government officials

September 11, 2017 // 1 Comment

The city board considered much routine business in its indecisive, four-hour meeting last week, but the sign ordinance and “speed bumps” were the memorable features. Two citizens appeared before the board asking that speed bumps be installed in their neighborhoods to slow down illegal, high-speed traffic. [Continue Reading]

New Albany municipal primary election tomorrow

May 1, 2017 // 2 Comments

New Albany voters will go to the polls tomorrow, Tuesday, May 2nd, to vote in party primaries to select candidates for several city offices. No mayoral contests in Primary Election Incumbent Mayor Tim Kent, a Democrat, has no challenger in the primary election. He will face incumbent First Ward Alderman Jeff Olson, [Continue Reading]

“Situation hopeless, but not impossible!”

February 13, 2017 // 3 Comments

By Steve Patterson   Dear Mr. President,   Steve Patterson, December 2015 I am a man of straightforward candor, so let me go ahead and clear the deck. I don’t like you. I have voiced my dislike for your bravado and otherwise distinctive “style,” both in writing and to any and all who sought [Continue Reading]
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