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Op/Ed: One Man's Take on "The State of Incorporation"

Big Lake CityAn invite to the Big Lake Community What should be a practical and logical community discussion about the transition from an unincorporated community into a second class city has instead devolved into a morass of misinformation, disinformation, cruel innuendo, theft and outright lies.

People on both sides cry out for free speech, yet the opponents and proponents of incorporation, assert the other is stealing their campaign signs. The hypocrisy is palpable and manifestly disgusting.

Opponents of incorporation claim the proponents were not sufficiently forthright at the outset and the proponents claim that the opponents are the authors of numerous false statements. Probably, like usual, the truth is somewhere in between. Be that as it may, the net affect promotes distrust. Not Good!

A post on Facebook, that has since been removed, assailed six City Council Candidates who signed a no new taxes pledge, by accusing them of lying and deceiving the community so we could hurt you later with taxes. Ay Caramba!! Many know the Candidates quite differently. As for this Candidate, I’m still smoldering. That kind of stuff should make you wonder.

The sponsors of the vote no signs are a local organization linked to a national organization that holds status as a Federal Political Action Committee. I personally contacted the top dog and we agreed we should exchange views. He was invited for coffee or beer and accepted, but never followed through. Let’s do what we say we will do and build constructive trust. Really, what should we hide? Are we cowards?

I am convinced for many reasons local government is pure power compared to the 1/7th voice our current Assemblyman has, no matter how stridently he asserts our interests. Ask him!

The pattern is destructive. It divides the community instead of weaving our individual fibers into the rope that will cinch a metaphorical noose around the necks of the roundabouts and put roads where we want them, maintaining our “strip through town” just like our longest residents built and remember.

From this point forward, everyone involved needs to lay aside our falsehoods and brandish our personal honor and integrity so we may reengage constructively. Local control we agree on. Can we afford it is the question.

The whole story needs some “fleshing out.” To the “no” voters, please hold your ballots. Public debates are in the works if the “no” side is willing. Together, with objective minds we can sort this out.

“So let us not talk falsely now, the hour is getting late.”

Greg Quinton

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Op/Ed: One Man
Authored by: DG on Thursday, October 01 2015 @ 11:30 AM AKDT
The Big Lake Times has been asked to moderate at least one public debate regarding the "City of Big Lake" motions. The Public is invited to post questions, and the Moderator, a neutral party, will select the 7 most asked questions for the debate. More information will be posted shortly, in the meantime post your questions. The debate is planned for a Saturday, 10 October 2015 @ 4 pm so everyone will have the opportunity to attend. The location is to be determined.

Let's keep this civil.

DG
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Op/Ed: One Man
Authored by: Anonymous on Thursday, October 01 2015 @ 01:06 PM AKDT
Big Lake Road is a STATE Road and at the mtg it was stated that if we were a city we would still NOT have had any input on the roundabout! this also would include the rest of Big Lake Road. I also have heard the rumors of the taking down of signs. Some of the rumors are true! If anyone doing this is running for city council they should step down to put the trust back.
I encourage everyone to check and recheck the facts - not just what you are being told by either side.
I still have an open mind on this vote.
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Op/Ed: One Man
Authored by: Anonymous on Thursday, October 01 2015 @ 02:54 PM AKDT
Keep political signs off easement. We do have laws and these signs show that the people advocating for government have begun as law breakers It is not theft to clean up the road easement. There is an actual $ fine per sign. I happen to like how our community looks sign free. Your yard- your right to free speech this bad habit will be a yearly eyesore for our community along with politicians waving at drivers from the side of the road.
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Op/Ed: One Man
Authored by: Anonymous on Friday, October 02 2015 @ 08:26 AM AKDT
When you talk about creating more government, there will always be lies, deception and TAXES. This is why I will never vote to incorporate. I don't need signs, mail outs or public meetings to know this. Feel free to post any real-life examples of solvent and honest government entities or programs and then I'll do some re-thinking.
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Op/Ed: One Man
Authored by: Anonymous on Saturday, October 03 2015 @ 05:13 AM AKDT
"The thief – he kindly spoke"

AS 29.45.100. No Limitations On Taxes to Pay Bonds.

The limitations provided for in AS 29.45.080 - 29.45.090 do not apply to taxes levied or pledged to pay or secure the payment of the principal and interest on bonds. Taxes to pay or secure the payment of principal and interest on bonds may be levied without limitation as to rate or amount, regardless of whether the bonds are in default or in danger of default.
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Op/Ed: One Man
Authored by: Anonymous on Sunday, October 04 2015 @ 11:40 PM AKDT
That is correct as I understand it and does confirm sections 590 via 560 et.al. However, as I responded to a post above, as far as I know in my research, no new taxes are contemplated, i.e. no bond indebtedness is contemplated.

Finally an old Rock and Roller! Not sure I like the implications of the return quotation, but I can live with it.

GQ. "You know my name "
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