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    Preventive Maintenance

    WSFA received this picture showing Montgomery Police, including Chief Finley, enjoying a game of basketball with neighborhood kids. The resident who took this picture said it was “an amazing gesture.

    In the past 3 months, the city has implemented a program where the police walk the street of the neighborhoods. This is a great plan and I believe will go a long way in resolving some of the issues with police relations. Too often, the only time that the people see the police is when they are arresting someone or when there is a domestic incident. By establishing relationship with the residents of the communities that they are charged with policing, the youth of that community will no longer fear the police and their respect for the law will be improved.

    415768806_afc0523890_zLook at it this way. If all you do is drive a car and do not do any preventive maintenance, the car will stay in the shop. In the long run, improving relations between the police and the community will go a long way in preventing crime.

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    What is Participatory Budgeting

    Participatory budgeting (PB) is a different way to manage public money, and to engage people in government. It is a democratic process in which community members directly decide how to spend part of a public budget. It enables taxpayers to work with government to make the budget decisions that affect their lives.

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    Jobs & The Economy

    Jobs and the economy are always a major concern for any politician.  Many politicians promise that they will create jobs and improve the economy.  Unfortunately the only thing that most politicians seem to do is create more job killing legislation and take more money out of the private sector.  I do not believe that it is the government’s position to create jobs.  That is a function best left to the private sector.  Like most functions, the private sector is better equipped to quickly and more efficiently meet the needs of the private sector.  By the time the government is able to move, the market has already changed.  Unfortunately, by that time millions of dollars have been spent.   With that said, I do believe that the government plays a key part in helping to create jobs.

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