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September 29, 2011
Morning Journal News


With the upcoming election, the voters of Salineville have many questions to answer. Do they wish to have a town represented by a democracy or a dictatorship? Do they want to go to a town council meeting in which they can express their ideas and opinions without prior consent from the village mayor?

Wouldn't it be nice to go to a town council meeting and be able to watch the governmental process, without having to wait for council to come back from their "closed door" meeting? The way things are run in Salineville right now, they may as well hold each and every council meeting from start to finish as "closed door."

The mayor and council members of this small community are elected to serve the people of the village. It is hard to understand how the people of Salineville can be served in an effective manner when they have a tough time being heard.

I have talked to too many people from the town I grew up in who are afraid to speak out for fear of reprisal from some officials of their town. The police force in Salineville is run and controlled by the Village Council and the mayor. Is this the way you really want your police force run?

In years past, a council meeting was always an open forum. You felt relaxed and comfortable bringing any questions in front of the council without any fear of reprisal. Are the new ways better than the old?

I would like to see the people of the village attend a council meeting (prior to the November elections), and make a decision on the ballot. They need to decide whether or not this is how they want their town run.

William Beadnell




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