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We shouldn't pay for the job until it's done right

     The city council says the water plant must be paid for whether it works or not.

     My question is:  Why?

     From the start, the new water plant has been an unbelievable mess, with nothing working right. It seemed that every week there was something else found wrong with it. From cracking of the cement to filters that didn't filter, it seemed increasingly obvious that either the contractor didn't know what he was doing in building a water plant or he was using the cheapest materials possible that he could get by with and not quite getting by with it. So, it doesn't work but we still have to pay him and then pay someone else to get it "fixed" so we can actually use it?

     If I had a contractor building an addition to my dwelling, and the roof fell in because it wasn't supported right, he would have to fix it before I paid him a dime for the work. I am paying for something that should work right when he is through with it. The water plant does not "work right," so why are we paying the contractor before he fixes his mess at his expense? Didn't the city contract with him to design and build a water plant that works? It seems to me that he didn't deliver on his end, so why have we signed off on his work, only to spend more so someone else can fix the problems he left us with? How fair is that to the taxpayers who have to pick up the tab for it?

     This seems elementary:  Fix it so it works, and then we will pay you what we had agreed to pay you for the job in the first place.  And then don't use that contractor again for any future job.

     No, we do not have to pay for something that doesn't work.

     On a happier note, I would like to thank city hall for its super-quick response last week. The two garbage cans were more than overflowing at the boat dock and garbage was laying all over the ground and scattered by the wind. I told the city hall clerk about it, and a young man there said he would do that immediately...and he did.

     Not only did he empty the cans but he also picked the rest of it up from all over the place. Wow...that kind of response was impressive! Even though the clerk explained that they were short-handed because of summer vacations, they didn't use it as an excuse...they took care of it.

Lana Hiemstra


Same old excuses

     Over the years I have heard dozens of excuses about why adults don't want to address the issue of underage drinking but none of the lame excuses can explain away the high-risk behavior that results in too many deaths.  How many kids have to die before the adults of this county find a correlation between alcohol and dead children?

     Here are only a couple of the classic excuses I've heard from adults who should know better:

     "You can't keep kids from drinking because they are going to find a way." So let's help them along by providing the place and opportunity and making sure there are no consequences!

     "These are good kids from good families so don't spoil their futures by getting them in trouble." Myth – Good kids are always from good families. Riiiiiightt....  So are bad kids from bad families?  Should only the bad kids with no future be disciplined? Jeesh!

     OR maybe some very special good kids should not be accountable for bad decisions and risky behavior?

     OR maybe these really good kids with such bright futures don't really care all that much about their OWN future and are willing to risk it all for a little "fun?" Sounds a little crazy on paper, huh?

     If you REALLY care about your kids, address the issues of underage drinking directly, head on, with clarity. If you care you can easily find facts and information about the many, many issues associated with underage drinking from a simple Internet search. Brace yourself before you go there because the facts about the subject will sober you up quickly. But then again if you can't handle the truth, skip the effort and focus on your hope that the next sad funeral will not be for one of your family or friends.

Very retired school principal,

Marilyn Giddings

White Bird


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