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City Budget Struggle Time - Wants vs. Finances

Utah cities' budgets are required by state law to be balanced. This is the season of the year that begins the struggle for the city councils in working on the budgets which must be completed by July 1st. City governments have various sources of income which they seek always to increase due to pressure from the citizens for more services and amenities, and city employees who always want an increase in salaries and benefits.

Letter to the editor - Find Statesmen not Power-Seeking Politicians

Letter to the editor:

Transparency in Government?

The website “Wikipedia” defines “Transparency” as “the physical property of allowing the transmission of light through a material.” Specifically, in reference to the recent distribution of the NOC 4 page “Media Relations Policy” wherein is stated the “Goal… is to establish ‘transparency in government’.” A search of this phrase on Wikipedia lists this summary:

Modern Paraphrasing of Federalist No.1

A Paraphrase of Federalist No. 1 [Paraphrase of Alexander Hamilton by Gary Alder]

The Great Hijacking

George Washington was the greatest statesman and the only one in our national history who was elected to the presidency by a unanimous vote. He had won the hearts and confidence of the people by his years of unquestioned integrity and untiring adherence to the cause of freedom for his fellowman. When the framers of the Constitution took the first step toward securing a government of the people, by the people, and for the people, they pronounced a method of election that would secure us a statesman like Washington rather than a power hungry politician for president.

New North Ogden City Council meets, resonates

The resonance of the first North Ogden City Council (NOCC) meeting of the new-year, with 3 new Council Members (CM) was noticeably cohesive. In closing comments, the most senior CM, Wade Bigler, stated the “incoming Council Members are friends of mine with integrity, sharp intellects, and I am thrilled to be working with them.” Wade continued “We’re united in moving forward in a positive manner!” It was evident all night long.

North Ogden Public Works Complex

Citizens and council members express concerns with the new North Ogden Public Works Complex. Excepts from May 31, 2011 City Council Meeting.

Does Ogden's Nondiscrimination Ordinance Protect Religious Expression?

Excerpts from an Ogden City Council Meeting on March 8, 2011, discussing the controversial Nondiscrimination Ordinance. From the start, Mayor Godfrey asserted that unless the ordinance contained a clause to protect religious expression, he would be forced to veto it. In a 4-3 decision, the city council voted to remove the religious language. Mayor Godfrey is expected to veto the ordinance.

Are North Ogden Trails Constitutional?

Excerpts from North Ogden City Council Meeting on January 11, 2011, discussing the controversial North Ogden Trails proposal.

Candidates Study Justice by reading "The Law"

Local candidates for city offices have been given a copy of the book "The Law" written by Frederic Bastiat. Most of the candidates are currently reading the book. The book was donated to the candidates who had not previously read it by the Citizens for Proper Government. Three candidates in North Ogden, Dave Hulme, Reed Mackley, and Brent Taylor had previously read this 85 page paperback which clearly describes freedom, justice, and liberty consistent with truth and the United States Constitution.

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