Hurricane citizens will have an opportunity to hear Washington County Commission candidate and former Utah Attorney General, Paul Van Dam at the upcoming Hurricane City Council meeting when Mr. Van Dam will formally introduce himself to Hurricane’s mayor, city council and attending citizens.
This will give citizens, the mayor and council a chance to get to know this man who has an amazing background and experience, which he wants to share with Washington County as this area grows. I hope citizens will take advantage of this opportunity on Thursday, Sep. 4 at 6 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, 147 N. 870 West.
Consider the value of balance
In the September 2014 issue of the BYU Magazine, Lawrence C. Walters commented on the nature of Active Citizenship. “Active citizens participate in collective reasoning — joining with others to identify issues, giving and receiving information, and taking counsel together. In this process citizens listen to others with a desire to understand their views.” He goes on to recall what was necessary at the convention that produced the U.S. Constitution. Delegates did not agree. They took months to debate what was necessary to create our democracy.
I hope that in the coming election for a new Country Commissioner (B), voters will consider the value of balance in government. Unless both Republicans and Democrats sit at the table, a discussion of opposite positions in impossible. Voters should examine the background of all the candidates, not just those in their own party. Local government matters and local voters can make a difference.
Investors don’t agree with fiscal insanity idea
Do complaining U.S. deficit hawks ever think about the fact that the holders of that debt are like stockholders who clearly don’t agree with the notion that we are, as hawks frequently put it: “engaged in fiscal insanity?”
If these stockholder agreed with that dire assessment, U.S. Treasury yields currently would have to be exorbitantly high — not, as is the case now, just paying yields slightly higher than our low two percent inflation rate.
These investors aren’t forced to, they freely buy low yield U.S. securities at weekly auctions because these investors see these low yield investments as the safest place in the world to invest their money. They would not invest $18 trillion dollars in a country “engaged in fiscal insanity.”
Moreover, a nation engaged in fiscal insanity does not enjoy, as we are, either a very low rate of inflation or a stock market that has soared to new highs recently under President Obama’s watch.
Don L. Miller