While the Steelville City Council has been arguing about what steps to take regarding the old gazebo roof it somehow inherited from Crawford County, the irony of spending money on something new, something that is not needed, should not be lost on city taxpayers and visitors. Before a dime gets spent on any new projects, the city needs to rededicate itself to taking care of what it already has. (More photos can be seen on the Steelville Star Facebook page.)
Should our elected representatives make policies, vote on proposed laws, and run our various government agencies based on their own personal beliefs, or use the rule of law and input from voters to govern? Most would choose the second option, but often that is not the case and it wasn’t recently in Cuba.
In what may a first for Steelville, the town’s aldermen unanimously asked Mayor Michael Keen to resign last week. He refused, but for the betterment of the town he should reconsider that decision.
By R.W. Hafer
Milton Friedman must be rolling in his grave. Friedman, who died in 2006, is widely regarded as the father of modern monetary economics. Among other suggestions, he called upon policymakers to stop trying to manipulate short-run fluctuations in the economy by adjusting the Federal funds rate. Instead, they should focus on longer-term problems, like inflation.
By Ron Boyer
Aesop vividly illustrated the foolishness of killing the goose that lays golden eggs. Some of us feel we are observing the modern-day version of that fable when it comes to the Green New Deal (GND). The GND proposes to decommission all U.S. nuclear power plants within ten years. In 2018 nuclear power generation accounted for 19.3 percent of our nation’s electricity.
By the National Newspaper Association
Washington D.C. — World War II correspondent Ernie Pyle died during the invasion of Okinawa in 1945. In his pocket was a draft of his last column, “On Victory in Europe.” He wrote, “...the companionship of two and a half years of death and misery is a spouse that tolerates no divorce. Such companionship finally becomes a part of one’s soul, and it cannot be obliterated.”