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BY DI READERS | JANUARY 19, 2010 7:30 AM

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Vote Cardella in special election

Some of our county officials seem to have forgotten that they work for us; it’s not the other way around.

With that in mind, did you know the county supervisors have been on a spending spree in recent years? They have increased their budget a whopping 56 percent over the last four years. The budget was $53.8 million for fiscal 2007; the budget for fiscal 2010 is $84.08 million. That’s a problem.

The Democrat machine nominee for county supervisor has a track record of increasing budgets resulting in higher taxes. It’s more of the same tax-and-spend policy.

In contrast, Lori Cardella was on the frontlines in the battle against the county’s desire to buy up unspecified land using $20 million of your money. She fought to keep your hard-earned money in your pockets, not go into county coffers for wish-list items.

Lori fought against the unwarranted 1 cent local-option sales and service tax last year. Her common sense leadership helped defeat the tax-and-spend measure in Coralville and just barely missed defeat in Iowa City by six votes.

Lori Cardella is determined to lower the cost of living in Johnson County by cutting taxes for citizens and private businesses. She’s for the people, against bigger tax-and-spend government.

Please vote Lori Cardella in today’s special election.

Mike Thayer
Coralville resident

Vote Rettig for supervisor

Janelle Rettig, the Democratic candidate in today’s Board of Supervisors special election, has a broad range of experience, including service on the Iowa Department of Natural Resources board, the Iowa City Airport Commission, the Iowa Bicycle Coalition, and numerous human-rights and social-justice organizations.

Janelle’s experience dealing with issues such as conservation, trails, family farm preservation, etc., demonstrate her strong commitment to rural constituents.

What impresses me most about Janelle is her dedication and hard work. She will carefully study all issues that come before the board and will treat everyone with respect and genuine interest. Johnson County will be fortunate to have Janelle as a supervisor. I urge everyone to participate in the special election today and to vote for Janelle.

Jeanette Carter
Iowa City resident

Vote Knapp today

It was no surprise when I opened my paper and saw that the Press-Citizen had decided to support Democrat Janelle Rettig in today’s Board of Supervisors special election. She expresses herself well and has some points that are certainly valid. What hurts is that the PC continuously supports, recommends, and nominates people almost exclusively from the gay community. I have no problem with gays, but there are other people here who also want to serve. Nothing Janelle said or campaigned on has to do with reducing taxes by any significant amount. After I indicated that the jail can be renovated and added to for substantially less money, she said, “Revisit the jail.”

So, Janelle, how often have you visited the jail? What do you think of home release? What would you do to help reduce the need for a jail? Let us face it: Juvenile crimes and truancy are real problems. Some of this can be handled by education, but mentoring is also in great need. I want to set up four $1,000 scholarships for the kids in jeopardy through Kirkwood Community College. All the child would have to do is stay out of trouble, attend school, and graduate. This would be directed at the minority community because they have the greatest disadvantages. I have already communicated with Amy Correia regarding this matter and would be happy to share it with anyone interested.

Janelle was instrumental in the $20 million bond issue for conservation, and that is a noble thing that passed by 61 percent of the voters, she will tell you again and again, ad absurdum. I think it should have encompassed more benefits for all people of the county. Elevated trails could be constructed to contain the potential flooding, as well as possibly serving as the road bed for a narrow-gauge railroad that would enable all people of the county to visit the natural areas regardless of their physical condition. Not just the Sierra Club but the people in wheelchairs or needing walkers. Visit the Silverton and Durango website for more inspiration. Eventually all the small communities of the county could be linked with each other to the extent of even commuter transportation.

Janelle even talked about the county information system and its need for improvement. Personally, I think the records and the links to all the other necessary information are very up to date and accessible. Just visit the various pages by the supervisors, auditor, treasurer, and recorder, and you will be overwhelmed with up-to-date information. They spend substantial funds to do this, and it is state of the art. A couple of key strokes, and the entire budget including comparisons are right there for your perusal.

In closing, I want the people of Johnson County to know that I do not think love is a sin. Neither is riding a bicycle a sin. I do think that ignoring the needy is a sin, and they deserve more than Janelle Rettig carrying their issues forward. Taxpayers, believe me: The choice is still yours, and you should vote in today’s special election.

Jim Knapp
candidate for Johnson County supervisor


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