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Op-ed: City Hall runs the Globe editorial board (by Peter Children)

Now in this time of economic turmoil we must be vigilant in how we spend our money, not only in our households and in the businesses we run, but also in our cities and towns.

Yesterday’s editorial in the local paper would lead you to believe otherwise.  It is my contention that money spent at home, in our own community reticulates and come back to help those who live here.  This is what I mean….if it costs a little more to have municipal work done locally it benefits our community more so than if we were to send that money out of town.  I will concede that there are indeed times when it is necessary to bring in experts but that is not an everyday thing.

Case in point, the city’s decision to send over $108,000 out of town to paint pavement lines… work that could easily be done by people here who desperately need jobs.

Mr. Marquardt has researched this street painting issue and found a “top of the line” stripping machine cost around $2,995.00… certainly affordable when considering the use it will receive year after year. In fact some enterprising person could buy one and start bidding this sort of work not only here but in this entire region. The cost isn’t really prohibitive.  Add to that the dollars re-circulating back into our local economy from paying wages and buying paint and other supplies right here in town.

It is hard not to notice that every time NIT points out issues such as the outside painting contract, the Globe counters in defense of City Hall.  This tells us a couple of things, (1) John Skipper is an employee of the city, or (2) the City runs the Globe Gazette.  It is turning into a serial……

Peter Children

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