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Voters To Decide County Govt Form

The Kootenai County commissioners approved 2-1 on Tuesday a resolution to place an alternative form of county government on the ballot this November. The resolution makes official the commissioners' announcement earlier this year to offer voters an option to reorganize county government, something all three had promised in their campaigns. “There are two ways to put a ballot vote to citizens to adopt an alternative form of county government. One way is a referendum, and the other is a resolution of the board,” said Commissioner Dan Green at the commissioners' business meeting in the county administration building. The approved resolution outlined the options that will be presented in the ballot measure. That includes the creation of a hired county manager position, which would assume the commissioners' administrative duties, freeing their time for policy decisions/Alecia Warren, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here. (Photo of Commissioner Dan Green)

Question: Would you like to see a county manager form of government in Kootenai County?

IFF: Boot Gummint From Charity Biz

Entering a season of charitable giving, a story a few days ago on NBC News caught my eye. It was about a woman named Mary Donnelly, an 83-year-old  nurse who “cares for her neighbors the way people used to in this country,” said news anchor Brian Williams. On Block Island, Rhode Island, Mary established a charitable foundation in 1979, and has been answering calls for help from people ever since. She responds to appeals for assistance paying electricity bills and mortgages, money to build wheelchair ramps and buy food. Mary's August fundraiser is considered the island's “the social event of the season” and provides the revenue to send out the support checks she provides. But Williams' intro for the story perhaps unwittingly leaves an unanswered question: Why do people no longer care for their neighbors the way they used to? The answer is fairly simple, actually: The government has taken on the role of caregiver/Wayne Hoffman, Idaho Freedom Foundation. More here.

Question: Do you agree with Hoffman that we're less charitable today because we expect government to take care of human needs & suffering?

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