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Building Consensus

 

A Soldier's Homecoming - A Poem

 

A Soldier's Homecoming

 

When silence isn’t golden, making space for buried fears,

A long-awaited welcome home becomes the place of tears.

A glance into a hallway mirror reflects a youth denied.

This soldier carries memories of his comrades who have died.

“Why did I survive?” he asks, the visions of those days

Speed coursing through his weary mind.  They say it’s just a phase.

There are children here to think of, thrilled to have their father home

And a beauty who has nurtured and protected them alone.

A Step in the Right Direction- A Follow-up on the Rotten Ordinance Feature

            At the September 25th city council meeting, City Manager Ron Chandler requested a refund for business license fees for applicants that didn’t make enough money with their business to cover the cost of the fees.  The council unanimously granted to refund, and then listened to both Chandler, and the father of the teen-aged boys involved urge them to consider changing the currents ordinance.  Chandler mentioned that it could be considered “heavy-handed” to exact fees from residents for the privilege of conducting business when the fees outweigh the profit, so he suggested an amendm

Plans for Public Works Complex Resume

            During the City Council Meeting last night, a 14-member committee for the Public Works Complex project was approved unanimously by the council.  Every councilman expressed their excitement in finally being able to move forward on plans for the complex.  The committee is made up of all 5 council members and 9 citizens.

Parks to Stay Open in North Ogden

            For anyone who read the whole article in the Standard earlier this week, “North Ogden to Address Sunday Parks Closure” they would find towards the end of the article that this agenda item for the September 25th City Council Meeting was never intended to be a discussion about anything more than possibly closing parks to leagues on Sundays.  Unfortunately, many citizens only heard the title of this article or the discussion on KSL’s Doug Wright show Tuesday and feared the worst.  Over 40 people attended Tuesday night’s meeting, many stating their feelings in the Public Comments po

Pleasant View City Budget Overview

Now that the Propery Tax bill notices have gone out, one of the comments I get is “My property taxes are to high!”  To that I say “Yes, everyone’s is high.”  In order to enjoy all that we love here in Pleasant View, we need tax revenue.  On your tax bill, Pleasant View represents 9% of your total property tax bill.  I have listed below the areas where the City receives it’s funding.

 

In Pleasant View City Budget, We have total revenue of $3,234,899 in the General Fund.

We collect our revenues from the following sources:

Pleasant View City Ordinances Stifle Business and Jobs

     Part of the property along Highway 89 disconnected from Pleasant View City in 2004 was enticed back into the city with the prospect that property owners would be given enough property rights to enable development. Since that time the city passed a new zoning ordinance called the TOD Zone for a 24-acre portion on that area.

Is Man Free?

As a child, I grew up with the idea that freedom was the universal ideal. I instinctively knew that America was special among all the nations of the earth because it was the only one that didn’t ask whether man was fit for freedom, but instead recognized that nothing but freedom was fit for man. I grew up with a love for America and its symbols: the flag, the Pledge of Allegiance, and Independence Day.

A Kid’s Right to Work-

What began as an effort to look at a “rotten ordinance” has evolved through the process of writing this article.  Let’s start at the beginning.

Super Simple Ribs

2 c canned peaches, apricots or other fruit

1/3 c catsup

1/3 c vinegar

2 T soy sauce

½ c brown sugar

2 t ginger

1 t salt

dash of pepper

4-8 boneless pork ribs

Throw everything but the meat in the blender.  Pour sauce over ribs in a casserole dish with a lid.  Bake at 450* for 75 minutes.  Bake another 90 minutes @ 350*. 

 

The meat will be so tender and yummy! Serve over rice or noodles or with potatoes. 

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