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There are probably not many who could say they were completely happy with the overall result, whether it be local, state or district races.
However, the voters have spoken. That’s the American way, and we had better be proud we have a government that allows us to express our opinions in this way.
In some races the primary was only a nominating procedure to set the ballot for November. But in Douglas County, most county races have been decided. For the incumbents who were re-elected, it will be business as usual. For those who were elected to office for the first time, they have additional preparation time before taking office in January.
One very important office for Douglas County, however, that of presiding commissioner, will not be decided until November and while we can’t tell who our commissioner will be, we know it will be a new face.
Every campaign for the primary was conducted in good taste and all candidates showed respect for one another. We expect no less from Larry Pueppke and Bud Clinkingbeard as they square off in the race for presiding commissioner in November.
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We really enjoy receiving mail like this note we got in the mail last week:
“Have received your paper for quite some time and have enjoyed it very much. It’s almost like reading history. I also feel like all the people are well-known to me. My daughter gave me the subscription to keep me occupied.
“I enjoy the recipes and it’s almost a hassle for me to get to copy them – everyone else wants them. I give it to the Seniors when I’m thru with it.
“Keep up the good work. I enjoy every line of it.”
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In regard to an article we ran in the Herald last week about vandalism at the Ellison Cemetery, we received an interesting note from a Springfield reader.
We were told the cemetery was not vandalized, but that a single headstone was removed by a family member.
No doubt, there is more to the story than this, but the person who contacted us felt other family members who have loved ones buried there would get peace of mind from knowing the cemetery had not been vandalized and is in good condition.
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We had a call this week from a resident in the east end of Douglas County asking about HB 1340 that was passed during the most recent session of the General Assembly.
The bill, which was introduced by State Representative Tony Dugger (R-144), repeals a section of law passed in Senate Bill 22 in 2007 regarding sales tax money for fire protection districts in Douglas County.
Since Douglas County has no fire protection district, and subsequently no sales tax for fire protection districts, the old bill was deemed extraneous, or irrelevant.
HB 1340, which has been signed by the governor and becomes effective Aug. 28, cleans up the statute.