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July 28, 2016 Golden Valley News Page 3 / h iF To the editor: it. I believe it is time to give them I have decided that it is time for clear task. purpose and direction. If action, we need to determine who is Mike is unable or unwilling to fol- responsible for the path of decay our low it then we start dealing with him. city crew and mayor have put us on If Walt is unwilling and or unable to and deal with them accordingly, actually take charge and get some It seems that we the council have things done then the time for a recall decided to turn a blind eye to the is- election is now! Something needs to sues we see and a deaf ear to all happen soon! I tried a committee that those who are complaining. This let- put some effort into some oversight ter was provided to all the council but the majority of the City Council members at the June 20 meeting, and felt we should abolish and let Walt added as an agenda item that was provide the city crew with purpose, never acknowledged during the direction and motivation. That hay- meeting, The topic was not allowed ing been dissolved we are now are to be heard at the meeting, faced with some different options. I clearly do not believe that our As for Mike if he is unwilling or city crew is doing anything; much unable to take charge and get busy less all that they could or should be we need to give him some guidance doing. It is mid-July and at the last and if he is unable to follow it clearly several meetings, Mike stated they and quickly we need to give him 30 were starting to patch streets! The days notice and deal with him ac- mornings of June 10, June 17. July cordingly. Riding around in the 20 and July 22, I ran through 90 per- pickup or parked at Cedar Liquors is cent of the city and I could not locate clearly not taking care of our streets a single sign that any street work was or services, and we are paying for happening. What have they been much more. Seems thatCouncilman doing? It appears most of the other Marman believes that all we need to cities around us started patching do is make a motion at the next City streets in March, and have com- Council meeting to get things done. pleted the patching of streets. That in itself brings forth some ques- Walt is clearly not providing the tions: what is the purpose of the city crew with adequate direction, or streets and sewers committee? Every if he is they are clearly not following time we mention anything about the ing Mike or Bart, Walt gets ang ' and ig- nores the issue. At no meeting for the past years have we been able to calmly and quietly discuss these is- sues of who supervised the city efi --- ployees and what is expected of them. Mike has not responded to many of the requests from the council: how much longer should we allow this in- subordination and complete disre- gard continue? Per my opening line the time for action is now. I am just asking you to start thinking about what it is you are willing to support, and start preparing for action. Seems the current reason/excuse that nothing is happening is because the city does not have enough money to conduct street repair. I don't think that is true; on the finan- cial report at the end of June the city's balance was $1.5 million, I think we can afford some street re- pair, and if we can't maybe we should look at dismissing a city em- ployee or two. The time to start some sort of ac- tion is now, so that we can save our city from the path of decay we have now been on for 3 years! Thanks, Henry J. Gerving City Councilman, City of Beach Constitutional convention not a good idea To the editor: amendments might eventually be Constitution but in adhering to it. The last North Dakota legislative considered, how delegates are se- There are no enumerated powers in session passed another call for an Ar- lected, what the rules of the conven- Section 1 Article 8 given to Congress ticle V U.S. Constitutional Conven- tion would be, etc. Will Congress to meddle in such things as educa- tion for a balanced budget give up the power to control one? tion, agriculture, foreign aid, and amendment tothe U.S. Constitution. Many liberals also promote the much more. About 80 percent of The late Supreme Court Justice Article V vonvention so they can in- spending is unconstitutional and if Antonin Scalia said, "I certainly sert their own amendments, Former eliminated would easily balance the would not want a constitutional con- Supreme Court Justice Stevens sup- budget. vention. Whoa! Who knows whatports it, wanting six new amend- Twenty nine of the 34 statesnec- would come out of it? Y0u'll get ments, including attacking our essary to call a convention have al- everything but the kitchen sink writ- Second Amendment right to keep ready done so! The 2016 N.D. GOP ten into the Constitution." and bear arms by adding the words platform urges the L gislature to re- Article V speaks of calling a con- "when serving in the militia." scind all calls for such a convention. vention to propose amendmentsOur present Constitution already Contact our state legislators to spon- (plural). The only power given states limits the authority and jurisdiction sor or cosponsor a bill to do just that. is to ask Congress to call one. None of the federal government - if fol- Judy Stahl is given states to specify how many lowed. The problem is not with the Valley City ,. : , r N grantappliCations due July 31 The North Dakota Community acting as its fiscal sponsor,manages over $70 million in assets Fotmdation is accepting applica- Applications are available online for the betterment of North Dakota tions for grants from its Statewide at and must be communities and citizens. The Greatest Needs Fund. postmarked by July 31,2016. The foundation distributed over Eligible organizations in the NDCF board of directors will re- $124,500 in Statewide Greatest state include those designated by view the applications and make Needs and field of interest grants to the IRS Code as 501(c)(3) non- final decisions at its fall meeting. 37 organizations across the state in profit tax exempt groups, govern- Grants are paid out in late October 2015. ment agencies, such as a parkor November. More information is available at district or school district, or an or- Established in 1976, the North or by calling (701) ganization thathas one of the above Dakota Community Foundation 222-8349. II Ul Except for the oil-rich Three Af- filiated Tribes, a 'Marshall Plan' for Native-American reservations will require new forms of cooperatives, corporations and partnerships that appeal to investors on and off the reservations. Before investors will part with their money, however, they will need the assurance that tribal gov- ernments are transparent, account- able and professional. Over the past two decades, tribal governments have been none of these. The headlines about tribal gover- nance tell the story: FORMER LEADER CHARGED WITH EMBEZZLING TRIBAL CHAIRMAN FACES RECALL ELECTION SPIRIT LAKE OUSTS TRIBAL CHAIRMAN CONRAD: SPIRIT LAKE A 'RUDDERLESS SHIP" COUNCILMAN, EX-UNI- BAND CEO INDICTED TRIBAL MEMBERS WANT TRIBES AUDITED SPIRIT LAKE TRIBAL CHAIR- MAN DISPUTE CONTINUES TURTLE MOUNTAIN CHIPPEWA AGAIN FACE POLIT- ICAL TURMOIL TRIBAL CHAIRMAN'S MEETING SCUTTLED TRIBAL COURT OFFERS NO HOPE OF APPPEAL BOARD CALLS TRIBAL JUDGES INCOMPETENT TRIBAL COUNCIL MEM- BERS REQUEST TO INVESTI- GATE FORMER TRIBAL CHAIRMAN FEDERAL JURY INDICTS THREE MORE Events that reach the media are only tips of the icebergs. Democ- racy is being mutilated on a daily basis. The rights given reservation citizens by their constitutions are abrogated by those exercising au- thority. The lack of trans- parency and ac- countability worries reservation citizens, Because the leader- ship plays fast and loose with proce- dure, the citizens can't rely on their constitutions for protection. The lack of transparency and ac- countability worries reservation cit- izens. Because the leadership plays fast and loose with procedure, the citizens can't rely on their constitu- tions for protection. This contributes to conflict and high turnover of councils which, under the present system of infor- mal and arbitrary action, means that new councils can abrogate the ac- tions of previous councils. Investors don't like instability. Reservation casinos are generat- ing millions of dollars but tribal councils and casino managers re- fuse to provide reservation citizens with detailed income and disburse- ment reports, offering the claim that this information must be secret to keep it from leaking to competitors. Consequently, reservation citi- zens have little or no information about payrolls, double salaries, pos- sible payoffs, unwarranted subcon- tracts, or unjustifiable overhead expenditures. All they get is hearsay and rumors. Now before non-Indians become self-righteous, we need to admit that American governments in the 1800s were blatantly corrupt. We had all of the problems that are plaguing reservation governments today. It took the assassination of a president to get professionalism in the federal civil service. A nation- wide movement was needed to out- lawing corrupt practices in state and local governments. Then it took a U. S. Supreme decision to curb par- tisan patronage in state government. The first step toward political stability on reservations is the adop- tion of constitutions and ordinances that guarantee democracy in prac- tice as welt as in law. Open meetings, open records and an independent press should be guaranteed, with provisions for swift and certain punishment by an independent judiciary for viola- tions. The vesting of all policy, execu- tive and judicial powers in the hands of a small group of coun- cilmembers is the root of the prob- lem. These powers should be divided into three equal and inde- pendent branches that can check each other. The reorganization plan pro- posed by Turtle Mountain Chairper- son Richard Monette in 2002 is as good today as it was the day he pro- posed it. It called for three branches of government - an executive, a 16- member volunteer assembly and an independent judiciary. Because it would eliminate the $60,000 salaries for councilmem- bers, the plan was quickly buried by the sitting council and Monette was summarily dismissed. Yes, we stole Indian lands. Yes, we should support a Marshall eco- nomic recovery plan. And, yes, reservation leaders should provide stable governments that investors can trust. Department of Health reports recent Hantavirus case DUNSEITH - Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., on July 24, along with North Dakota and Canadian officials, dedi- cated a new monument at the Inter- 'hational Peace Garden. The monument, titled the "Promise of Peace," is a sculpture that depicts two hands releasing a dove. "For more than 200 years, the United States and Canada have peacefully shared the longest inter- national border in the world," Ho- even said in a prepared statement. "The monument we dedicate today, built to stand for 800 years, symbol- izes the enduring peace, friendship and cooperation between our great nations." The International Peace Garden The North Dakota unit of Wally was dedicated in 1932, and a cairn, Byam Caravan (Airstream) Club In- built of stones from North Dakota ternational (WBCCI) raised mostly and Manitoba, was erected to com- private funds to build the monument, memorate peace between Canada which was designed by artist Arthur and the United States. The cairn still Norby. The sculpture is the most re- stands and marks the border between cent addition to the garden and will the two countries. The garden - replace a sculpture WBCCI had which attracts thousands of visitors a placed at the garden in 1975, but year - spreads over 2,300 acres and which had deteriorated completely includes trails, camping facilities, a by 1979. chapel, a lodge and a formal garden. 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