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Keiser's Role

Keiser's Role A column by Trevor Keiser

Election surprises

August 11, 2010 - Our office phones rang of the hook after our last editorial hit news stands.

Even Independence Township Trustee Neil Wallace came into our office Wednesday morning looking for a paper. Unfortunately, they had not been delivered yet.

When I heard Mr. Wallace had stopped by, I was rather surprised, since he has taken a vow of silence towards the News since 2008, when we editorialized against the professional-manager slate, of which Wallace was a part. Now, he can't even answer a simple e-mail.

The reactions we get are interesting. We've already written the pros and cons on each of the millage proposals and now, it was our turn. Whether we are right, wrong, or indifferent, we're entitled to our opinion just as much as the next person.

As I have said in the past - one cannot just be persuaded by political ads, news media, friends or even family, but you must vote according to your own heart.

As far as the millages are concerned, I, personally, am glad both police and library millages passed in Independence Township. It would have been a hard hit to lose eight to 12 more officers.

It's funny to me looking back how many meetings the board debated the language for the millages. They were worried the small amount from the millages that goes to the Sashabaw Cooridor Improvement Authority would cause voters to vote them down. The voters proved the board member's doubts wrong by passing the millages with flying colors.

Springfield Township voters also found it as important to keep their park land intact with the park and recreation millage.

As far as the City of Clarkston's general five mill increase, a seven vote difference certainly told strong feelings were both for and against. Considering 11 voters did not vote on the millage proposal at all it makes me wonder what way they would have voted had they done so.

I think the city would have had a great success had they had a designated "police millage," as opposed to a general millage to "save the police."

I guess we'll never know.

Trevor graduated with degrees in English and communications from Rochester College. He wrote for his college and LA View newspapers before joining The Clarkston News in May 2007.
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