From the Heartland

This is my soap box, on these pages I publish my opinions on firearms and any other subject I feel like writing about.

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Shaking up Local Politics

Patte you will be missed

I was distressed to hear that Patte Newman has decided not to seek re-election to the City Council. I have enjoyed working with her on a number of issues. In fact Patte is the only Council Person that holds monthly meetings in her district that feature guest speakers from many of the cities Governmental Departments. These will be sorely missed if her replacement does not keep the tradition.

John Spatz for City Council

In the Northwest District John Spatz, (pronounced "spots") a Republican is seeking to unseat Annette McRoy for a seat on the council. In the brief half hour that I spent talking with him Johns seems to be on the same page as I am concerning most of the issues. If he is true to his word, and I think he is, he will make a good addition to the council.

If you live in the Northwest District 4 as I do and are as frustrated by the lack of representation by Annette McRoy as I am check out his website and consider donating or volunteering some time to his campaign. Even putting up a yard sign will help get the word out. The Northwest needs representation on the City Council that we have not had in a very long time.

I didn't even know McRoy was running

It appears that our current council person is taking her re-election for granted as the election is but a few short weeks away and I have not heard one word from her either from mailings, phone calls or a knock on the door.

That in and of itself is why we need a change. If Council Person McRoy can't even be bothered to associate herself with her constituency at election time it is a direct reflection on her lack of service to those that elected her in the first place.

Excerpt from a conversation I had with Annette last year;

Me: You do understand that any ordinance you pass must not contravene the State Constitution don't you.

Annette: The city has the power to pass our own laws irregardless of the State, we do it all the time.

Annette suffers from the same dementia that too many in local government do; They do not understand that any ordinance they enact must be in accordance with only those powers they have been granted by the legislature. If they (the city council) have not been given a power to regulate something then they specifically cannot do it.

There have been far too many ordinances, in the last few years, voted into law by the Lincoln City Council that cannot not pass Constitutional muster. City Council persons are bound by oath to obey the State Constitution and for too long they have been derelict in that duty.

Thursday, February 01, 2007

Been Awhile

For all of my regular readers (all 3 of you) I am still around. The much shortened trip to Oklahoma was a success and I will have a post about it sometime soon.

Personal Updates

It seems that the local Gendarmes have yet to locate the Hit & Run Driver or the motorcar.

I recently turned the big 50.

The War

I often wonder how many of the deaths suffered by our Military can be laid at the laptops of the American News Media and how many more will have to die at their hands.

This is a war. Wars are not Sunday church socials. Send the Media home on the next transport and let the Military do what it has been trained to do ....... Kill people and break things. I believe we would be a whole lot farther along and a lot less American Soldiers would be dead or wounded if it were not for the Media.

Cry Havoc and let loose the dogs of war.

What part of WAR HAS BEEN DECLARED ON US do some people not understand? We have no choice but to fight. Is that so hard to understand? If we were not fighting them over THERE, we would have to fight them HERE.

The Mayor

Coleen Seng had been insistent on appointing a new Fire Chief before her term ends in a few short days. I am sure she saw this as part of her legacy. Thankfully there was enough pressure exerted from all sides of the political spectrum demanding that she hold off and let the new Mayor make that choice. Grudgingly I am sure she agreed not to appoint a new chief.


If you thought Jimmy Carter was bad watch what happens if this guy gets the office.


Has she ever had to answer a tough question about who she is and what she stands for?


Can he keep his foot out of his mouth long enough to give a State of the Union Speach?


A longshot with the right idea on border security.


Well I have had plenty to say about him in the past.


Would be a good president but has a lot of baggage I think.

Well enough for now