Within the walls of city hall, we should all have a window

Here’s a collective New Year’s resolution for the residents of New Buffalo – make sure the city council and employees are accountable to us instead of each other. This can only become a reality if citizens become involved, informed, and are willing to give voice to their concerns.

downloadThe New Buffalo City Council, their employees and The New Buffalo Times try to limit freedom of speech by discrediting people who question the use of tax dollars and the job performances of the City Council and their employees.   But in an unanimous decision by the Supreme Court in 1964, the Court favored the United State’s unique system that allows citizens to participate in discussion and debate without fear of retribution by those in power. 

Since the The New Buffalo Times reporters shrug off their journalistic duty to examine the decisions made by their buddies at city hall, it is left to us, the tax payers, to insist on accountability with checks and balances in local government.  It is our constitutional responsibility to challenge the decisions of elected and appointed government officials when we see misuse of their leadership duties.  Starting in 2018, working together we can make a stronger goverment. Write letters, attend meetings, make comments during public input.  Do not allow them to intimidate you because the United States Constitution has your back.

‘In a unanimous decision, the United States Supreme Court ruled in favor of the New York Times. In order to prove libel, a “public official” must show that the images (2)newspaper acted “with ‘actual malice’–that is, with knowledge that it was false or with reckless disregard” for truth. The Court asserted America’s “profound national commitment to the principle that debate on public issues should be uninhibited, robust, and wide-open.” Free and open debate about the conduct of public officials, the Court reasoned, was more important than occasional, honest factual errors that might hurt or damage officials’ reputations.’

4 thoughts on “Within the walls of city hall, we should all have a window

  1. Susan Gotfried Post author

    I think it depends on who you know at city hall if your sidewalk is cleared. But since the city council accepted hundreds of thousands of Federal tax dollars to ensure safe routes to school for the kiddies, they should have had a plan in place for snow removal. The least they could have done was to instruct the city street supervisor not to push mounds of snow up on the ends of the sidewalks because even if a good citizen clears the snow off the sidewalk, they can’t possible kift the snow that has been plowed up on the curbs. The council must not care since the city owned lot at the corner of Jameson and Indiana still remains covered with snow so the children can’t even use the sidewalk there. Since there is an ordinance for snow removal of sidewalks, the city is violating their own ordinance.

  2. Janie

    Hey old dog, that’s a bunch of crock. All the sidewalks in NB should have been done. One street over from my street it was done, but ours was not.

  3. Susan Gotfried Post author

    George, it appears you did not read the post. The sidewalks that the City Council took thousands of dollars from the State for a Safe Route to School program have nothing to do with the sidewalks near downtown. The Safe Route to School sidewalks are mostly on the other side of US 12 and are supposed to provide a safe route to and from school for children. If they are not cleared of snow, forcing the children to walk on dark streets in the morning, jus how do they reduce accidents?

  4. olddog5

    As US Steel Corp. said in 1901, ‘Safety First’, True today as always. The new sidewalks will pay dividends in fewer street accidents. Thanks to the vision of the new city government officials.

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