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Citizens For Responsible Government

April 24, 2014
Emmetsburg News

Dear Editor,

This letter is written for the purpose of informing your readers about a way they can participate in a positive discussion about community service and public affairs focused on the future of Emmetsburg and Palo Alto County. The discussion will be facilitated by a newly formed group that chose the name: Citizens for Responsible Government (CRG). Planned events include scheduled "public forums" like Meet the Candidates and Taxpayer Awareness. Plans are underway to sponsor a Candidate forum before the June Primary.

Elected CRG Chair Pete Hamilton said, "it is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization for the purpose of educating and informing the public about issues that effect our lives and the future of the community. The CRG is inclusive and open to any one," said Hamilton.

The group is avoiding the label of a "tax watchdog" organization however a stated goal is to monitor tax rates and public expenditures, with an emphasis on "responsible" spending of public funds. Hamilton said, "we do not intend to be a rubber stamp for higher taxes and wasteful spending." Hamilton went on to say, "responsible spending is much more attractive to prospective employers and families looking for a place to live and grow."

CRG Meetings are scheduled twice a month at the college at 5 o'clock on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays. Other elected officers include Vice Chair Bertha Mathis, Secretary Linda Koppie, and David Nixon, Communications. About 20 persons attended the most recent meeting.

Vice Chair Mathis pointed out, "the group's Mission tells it like it is: Citizens for Responsible Government, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization whose goal is to help educate and inform the public on current issues, ongoing business, and the impact on the public by our governmental bodies, ie: local, state and national."

Mathis says we are all caretakers, "be it of tax dollars, land management, natural resources and so onwe have an obligation to use these wisely to ensure that every individual in our community has a good quality of life."

The Committee for Responsible Government (CRG) held an organizational meeting to seek input from others who want to be included in the discussions. Meetings are scheduled twice a month at the college at 5 o'clock on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays.

Chairperson Hamilton said, "when we challenge local government, it is based on issues and facts, not on personal feelings. As Chairperson of the CRG, I will use the same approach that was used in the past during our many meetings with the Community Center Steering Committee; although we all agreed that a community center was needed, we differed on the size and cost. In spite of disagreements, every meeting and presentation was handled in a calm manner without rancor and name calling."

The next CRG meeting is scheduled at 5 o'clock P.M. at the Wellness Center.


(signed) David E. Nixon


Emmetsburg, IA



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