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Dear Editor:

Previously, Councilman Jason Lynch stated that the city’s purchase of 10 iPad’s for a total cost of $7629.89 “will pay for itself with the savings in paper alone.”

In my last letter, I used simple mathematics to prove that statement not only untrue, but absolutely ridiculous. We learned that it will take 205 years for the city to hit the break-even point from the paper savings.

I also asked the mayor/council for the answer to four questions.

The mayor responded in last week’s Democrat, but did not answer even one of my questions. Instead he offered a “smoke and mirror show” compiled with fuzzy math and distractions.

I will now address the mayor’s response and demonstrate the error in his logic.

The minimum data plan for 10 iPads will cost $3,600 per year and will be under contract for two years. Total cost for two years of data is as follows, $7,200.00 +(9% tax rate)= $ 7,848.00 + $ 7,629.89 (cost of iPads). Now the city will have to pay in total $15,477 and that is for the first two years alone.

The mayor has stated that it takes two full work days for three city employees to build the City Council’s information packs every month (that comes out to 11 pages per hour for a total of 48 man hours per month). It takes 48 man hours to put together 10 packets of 50-100 sheets each? Really? Additionally, the mayor seems concerned that the copy machine can no longer handle this work load. To save the copier, City Hall can use the HP CP 2025 Printer that they already own. (This printer can print 500 pages in 25 minutes, not counting loading paper or changing toner.) That printer cost $209 reconditioned or $785 new, reconditioned Toner (Ink) $23.99 each or $ 153.68 new for two of them, (a toner cartridge life

span averages 3,500 pages) and the paper cost $30.97 a case. At 6,000 pages per year, (based off of last letter) you need one printer, two toners (black ink only) and two cases of paper. Now let’s add it up: recondition total is: $318.92 or new at $1,000.62 + tax per year. Therefore, the city can purchase a new printer, toner and paper every year, and not even come close to one year of data for the iPads.

So, I ask again, how did the mayor/council save taxpayers money? I have presented proof again that it is far cheaper to

print it! (All prices were good at time of search.)

Many people have contacted me to show support for calling the mayor/council out on this issue.

The consensus is that the city of Clinton’s water system is becoming Third World, we have a stagnant economy and our

sales tax is among the highest in the state.

Therefore, why did the mayor feel that he deserved to waste our resources on the most expensive, unneeded, technology available?

Going forward, the public not only expects fiscal responsibility from our local government, but We The People demand it. We are watching and we are going to be holding all of our local officials to higher standards.

Ben Hayes

Clinton

Dear Editor:

Unlike speed bumps , properly designed and constructed speed humps and speed tables are very effective in eliminating high-speed vehicles without frustrating motorists traveling at or near the posted speed limits stopping high speed. A speed hump or speed table will allow motorists traveling within 5 mph of the speed limit to comfortably drive over the speed hump or table but will prohibit the aggressive drivers from driving at higher speeds. Speed bumps should only be used in parking lots , not on city streets.

Tom Welch

Fairfield Bay

Dear Editor:

I’m not even sure how to respond to some of the people in our community who refuse to focus on the issue of safety in our school zones but prefer to take personal jabs at a child who suffered injuries from her accident. The severity of her injuries, her school attendance and the suggestion that she was at fault are not things that should ever even be brought into discussion and show a serious lack of concern and are just downright wrong to even suggest. Statements such as this are borderline slanderous and I refuse to be a party to any more finger-pointing and I sympathize with both families who have been affected by this unfortunate accident. To even suggest that any child that walks to and from school is at fault and should be the only one to shoulder the responsibility of crosswalk safety is preposterous to say the least.

The issue here is not who is at fault and it is not the place of the general public to decide the specifics of the accident or finger-point. The facts are simply this: An accident occurred in a school zone that is known to have safety issues concerning the speed of motorists and motorists failure to stop at crosswalks. Any accident is just that, an accident, and should be treated as such and not turned into a personal attack on anyone involved. The real issue here is the need for some sort of additional safety measures to be taken because there is a need for them.

While speed bumps may seem extreme to some people I might remind them that there are other options to consider. Just educating our children is not enough. Too many motorists disregard speed limits and signs directing them to stop at crosswalks. Motorists text while driving or drive distracted while using cell phones. I finally spoke to one person who was honest enough to admit that he just didn’t want any type of speed bumps because he doesn’t want to have to slow down to go over them, but he agreed that there is a problem on Yellowjacket Lane.

Speed limits are set for the safety of everyone, and, like it or not, we have to obey the law and slow down in school zones. If motorists won’t willingly do so then we need to make them slow down. Installing speed-control devices in a school zone is simply a preventative measure to protect our children, other pedestrians and motorists. We take preventative measures every day if we do anything to prevent ourselves from getting sick by taking vitamins or eating right. We take preventative measures to protect our home from weather conditions, fire and theft. We take preventative measures to ensure that our vehicle is safe to drive with maintenance. These same devices, on the other hand, also protect motorist who can be injured as well if an accident should occur. It’s a win-win situation even if it’s not the most popular option. It’s not always the right thing to do to make a decision based on what’s popular just to avoid conflict. It is, however, always the right thing to do what is right, regardless of popularity.

The City Council has been presented with a variety of options and has assured me that they are looking into this matter. Councilwoman Wendy Russ has been diligent in looking into the problem and trying to come up with the best possible solution. Our police department has been out there slowing motorists down and issuing tickets. I am sure that the city will come up with a more permanent and acceptable solution to this problem.

Jackie Sikes

Dennard

Editor’s note: Jackie Sikes is the grandmother of the girl injured in last December’s accident on Yellowjacket Lane. In last week’s Democrat there was a Letter to the Editor written by Lila Ward. The editor was unaware at the time that Ward is the grandmother of the driver of the pickup involved in the accident.

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