In city, consider an annual 1-mill boost
On Nov. 2 in The Tribune-Democrat, the city finance director, Carlos Gunby, calls for no tax increase for 2013.
However, City Manager Kristen Denne said we will need to generate more tax revenue starting in 2014, and probably for sometime to come.
Why not approve a 1-mill tax increase every year, instead of waiting until 2014, and then pass a 5- or 6-mill – or maybe even higher – increase?
One mill would not hurt as much.
Remember, 2013 is an election year for city leaders.
Global warming is moral issue; speak up
The weather is our nation’s favorite topic for small talk, yet when it comes to talking about the larger, long-term implications of the weather – that is, climate change – many of our leaders and elected officials are silent.
In fact, for the first time since the 1980s, the topic was not even mentioned during the 2012 presidential debates, despite its critical importance to everything from the economy to health.
The most recent megastorm, Hurricane Sandy, which recently shut down New York City, caused numerous deaths, left millions of homes without heat and light and billions of dollars in property damage across eastern United States, is a harbinger of the recent dramatic escalation of extreme weather events that our scientists attribute to human-caused climate change.
The solutions to human-caused climate change, which have such a negative impact on the health, welfare and national security of American citizens, are easily within our reach. Yet our national leader’s silence on these matters is deafening.
Politicians may shy away from talking about climate, but as people of faith, we cannot be silent on this moral issue.
That’s why Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light (www.paipl.org) is working with congregations in our state to address global warming.
Faith communities recognize that God calls us to be good stewards of Creation and to care for our neighbors.
We owe it to our children to act now for their future, and we invite all people of faith to join in this vital work.
Rev. William C. Thwing