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“Accountability, responsibility are good things”


Yelm Timberland Regional Library

The local newspaper’s July 15 editorial about thievery titled “Accountability, responsibility are good things” can be equally applied to other local issues here, too.
‘Accountability’ is not mutually exclusive only to a wrongdoing.

The newspaper’s Editor/Publisher Keven Graves said,
“Accountability is good.

I think Americans have become too lenient. We tend to coddle people, including our children. Theres a notion that holding someone accountable for their actions is somehow cruel and unusual punishment or mean….

Why are so many people afraid to enforce rules? I think part of its a desire to be liked, including by our own children.”

Ed Note:
The editorial is apropos to several issues in Yelm, including the city’s “intent” to purchase the current library facility, to which these questions apply:

– On April 26, Yelm “Mayor Ron Harding presented a plan to the TRL Board of Directors where the city would purchase the existing library space on the 2nd floor of the Prairie Park Building for $1 million dollars through a 20-year bond, with TRL paying the annual O & M expenses ($37,000 per year) through the bond’s term, ” quoting the April 27 story posted here.
Does the City of Yelm HAVE the ability to support a bond for the library?

– Outside of the Yelm City Council voting June 14 their “intent” to purchase the facility, the public and taxpayers have heard no-thing on this deal in the three months since first proposed.
When will the public see the 2nd floor facility’s appraisal to compare with the $1 million purchase price?

– The library deal could cost alot more between the April 27 proposal and when a purchase is finalized.
When will the public hear about how the city will finance the $1 purchase, including the total interest expense on the debt?

– If Moody’s and other credit agencies lower the U. S. credit rating amidst the U. S. debt ceiling crisis and interest rates then rise, will the City of Yelm still be able to afford the $1m bond plus increased borrowing expenses on the debt?

Graves IS right:
“Accountability is good.”…

“Theres a notion that holding someone accountable for their actions is somehow cruel and unusual punishment or ‘mean.’…

Why are so many people afraid to enforce rules?

I am a strong supporter of a library here and these questions with an open dialogue are important aspects of accountability AND for community-wide involvement.

WHERE IS THE CITY’S ACCOUNTABILITY ON THEIR ‘INTENT’ TO PURCHASE THE YELM LIBRARY FACILITY?
THE TAXPAYING PUBLIC, PATRONS, CONTRIBUTORS, SUPPORTERS DESERVE REGULAR UPDATES.
ACCOUNTABILITY IS GOOD.

Posted by Steve on July 25, 2011 at 12:05 am | Permalink

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