Brown County Democrat – Published Guest Columns and Letters

 
GUEST OPINION: Justification lacking for proposed septic ordinance

Nov. 24, 2020 (Subscriber)By TIM CLARK, guest columnist The public hearing to be held by the commissioners to obtain citizen input on the proposed new septic ordinance has…

  • Without the documented justification and SOPs to describe how the new requirements would be administered and enforced, the argument for the proposed ordinance can be perceived as being based on ignorance (real or feigned). Unfortunately, using ignorance-based arguments is a common tactic when there is a lack of evidence for a position. The strategy attempts to shift the burden to citizens to prove that change ”is not” needed instead of government officials performing the analysis needed to justify that changes “are” needed. This tactic also allows for plausible deniability by the decision-makers when things go wrong.

GUEST OPINION: Bean Blossom sewer plant: Delay warranted

Apr. 3, 2020 (Subscriber)By TIM CLARK, guest columnist On March 10, 2020, Ethel Morgan of HomeTown Engineering LLC presented the findings from a regionalization study of wastewater treatment…

  • The Helmsburg and Brown County RSDs’ support for the RAP study and the BCRSD leadership in obtaining a grant for a countywide wastewater infrastructure study is commendable. However, the Bean Blossom project should be delayed until there is a more comprehensive analysis that identifies the best development and wastewater treatment decisions for the county.

GUEST OPINION: Septics and sewers — major changes proposed

Aug. 30, 2019 (Subscriber)By TIM CLARK, guest columnist In his Aug. 13, 2019 guest opinion column in the Brown County Democrat, “What you can learn at the county’s Septic Summit.

  • I think we all want a healthy and safe environment as well as elected and appointed leaders that can credibly define the scope and extent of a problem before proposing major changes.

Letter: County needs ‘collaboration, not scapegoating’

Aug. 20, 2019 (Subscriber)To the editor: The article by Sara Clifford published in the Aug. 13, 2019 edition of The Democrat, “No resolution yet to Helmsburg sewer board…

GUEST OPINION: Time will tell what music center’s impact will be

May 23, 2019 (Subscriber)By TIM CLARK, guest columnist I have found the series of guest columns by Bruce Gould promoting the Brown County Music Center (BCMC) to be…

GUEST OPINION: Sewers and septic systems: What’s the problem?

Jan. 23, 2019 (Subscriber)By TIM CLARK, for The Democrat The Brown County Regional Sewer District (BCRSD) Board is taking action that could affect the quality of life for…

GUEST OPINION: Political transformation, one county at a time

Dec. 11, 2018 (Subscriber)By TIM CLARK, guest columnist Straight-ticket voting in the 2018 elections was reported by the Brown County Democrat to be the highest in the past…

Letter: A ‘referendum’ on the Maple Leaf project?

Nov. 20, 2018 (Subscriber)To the editor: In the Nov. 14 story in the Brown County Democrat, “Incumbent to serve another term,” commissioner Biddle expressed a belief that her…

GUEST OPINION: Maple Leaf: A failing strategy?

Aug. 23, 2018 (Subscriber)By TIM CLARK, guest columnist “Will more money be a recurring theme?” was the subject of my last guest opinion published in The Democrat on…

GUEST OPINION: Will more money be a recurring theme?

July 25, 2018 (Subscriber)By TIM CLARK, guest columnist The July 18 article in the Democrat, “New ‘Leaf’ turned: Work begins on performing arts center,” provided the highlights from…

Letter: Consider other ways for projects to proceed

June 12, 2018 (Subscriber)To the editor: The public presentation by DLZ on June 4, attended by the commissioners and members of the county council, identified DLZ’s final recommendations…

Letter: ‘Stop digging’ on Maple Leaf Performing Arts Center

May 1, 2018 (Subscriber)To the editor: There is wisdom in the metaphor that states that if you find yourself in a hole, stop digging. The Democrat’s article published…

Letter: Limit proposed septic ordinance’s scope

Mar. 27, 2018 (Subscriber)To the editor: I participated in the public meetings last year on the proposed septic ordinance. Despite the concerns and recommendations identified at the meetings…

GUEST OPINION: Working toward ‘a more perfect union’

Jan. 24, 2018 (Subscriber)By TIM CLARK, guest columnist As individuals, we may not have too much direct influence over what happens politically at the national level of government. At..

GUEST OPINION: ‘Coming together is a beginning’

Jan. 11, 2018 (Subscriber)By TIM CLARK, guest columnist In the first part of my series, “The role of process in county’s future,” I suggested that the process applied…

GUEST OPINION: The role of process in the future of Brown County

Dec. 28, 2017 (Subscriber)By TIM CLARK, guest columnist The Maple Leaf Performing Arts Center (MLPAC) project and the process used to fast-track approval may represent a turning point…

GUEST OPINION: Success is a choice

Nov. 26, 2017 (Subscriber)By TIM CLARK, guest columnist The recent community conversation on the status of the Salt Creek Trail reinforces that using ad-hoc teams to identify and…

Letter: ‘Zoning for Maple Leaf: Not in the plan’

Aug. 22, 2017 (Free)To the editor: The Brown County Comprehensive Plan states that the purpose of the plan “is to provide guidance on decision making regarding Brown County…

Letters: Maple Leaf proposal: Let’s not fail to plan

Aug. 8, 2017 (Subscriber)To the editor: At the June 20, 2017, presentation to a crowd of approximately 100 people on the proposed Maple Leaf Performing Arts Center (MLPAC)…

Income surveys needed for economic development grant

Sara Clifford – June 6, 2017 (Free)Within the next week or so, about 3,000 randomly chosen Brown County residents will receive a survey in the mail asking about their income. Don’t…

Hometown Collaboration Initiative pitch made to state

Sara Clifford – Apr. 19, 2017 (Subscriber)Brown County has “excellent schools”; abundant art, nature and adventure opportunities; well-educated and civically engaged older residents; and a number of “success stories” such…

More discussion, data needed about referendum

Sara Clifford – Mar. 7, 2016  To the editor: Superintendent Shaffer’s column titled “School financing 101” published in the Feb. 24 issue of The Democrat provided an excellent introduction to government..

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