The Monroe Times: Letter to the Editor: Keep Ward System for City Council

The following is an article I had published in my local paper, The Monroe Times in their “Letters to the Editor” column on June 14, 2016 titled “Keep Ward System for City Council” and I quote:

“6/13/2016 12:01:00 PM
“Letter to the editor: Keep ward system for city council”
From LaVern F. Isely

To the editor:

I just read the article in the June 8, 2016 issue of The Monroe Times headlined “City Eyes At-Large Elections” on the front page and this sounded like a real bad idea. The at-large election of council members should concern every Democrat, Republican and Independent. I feel every ward should have an alderperson to represent your ward, in case you have problems with your street or snow removal, as well as crime or drug problems. If there was a ward that didn’t have anybody in it, they wouldn’t see first-hand what was going on.

Since there are no more than nine wards, I don’t feel we need any more than nine council people to represent everyone fairly. This idea was discussed in 2011 but no decision was made after a public hearing.

The council better have another public hearing because I was at that meeting and I didn’t hear anyone discussing benefits. Only a lot of complaints. All it does is create a monopoly in certain wards of the city. If you think that’s a democracy, I sure don’t.

I hope there is another public hearing and this time put this at-large elections of council members to bed forever because it’s certainly not a democracy. If you are going to have 11 alderpersons at a higher cost to the city, you should have eleven wards.

Tell your friends to make sure they come to the public hearing because you won’t have time to complain after the damage is done. You could contact your alderperson before the public hearing and ask questions. Such as: Make sure there is a public hearing.”

(This is a very important issue particularly if you believe in a democracy.

LaVern Isely, Progressive, Overtaxed, Independent Middle Class Taxpayer and Public Citizen Member and USAF Veteran


About tim074

I'm a retired dairy farmer that was a member of the National Farmer's Organization (NFO). Before going farming, I spent 4 years in the United States Air Force where I saved up enough money to get my down payment to go farming. I also enjoy writing and reading biographies and I write about myself as well as articles and excerpts I find interesting. I'm specifically interested in finances, particularly in the banking industry because if it wasn't for help from my local Community Bank, I never could have started farming which I was successful at. So, I'm real interested in the Small Business Administration and I know they are the ones creating jobs. I have been a member of Common Cause and am now a member of Public Citizen as well as AARP. I have, in the past, written over 150 articles on the Obama Blog ( and I'd like to tie these two sites together. I'm also on Twitter, MySpace and Facebook and find these outlets terrifically interesting particularly what many of these people did concerning the uprising in the Arab world. I believe this is a smaller world than we think it is and my goal is to try to bring people together to live in peace because management needs labor like labor needs management. Up to now, that hasn't been so easy to find.
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