MAKING IT PLAIN
My reference is the Compton City Council Agenda (July 26, 2022) Agenda items 20-25. As well as the videotape of the discussion and vote.
Pro : Even year elections will be a cost saving measure to the Compton taxpayer. The cost of the election will be split among participants running elections. As it stands now, Compton votes on an odd year election cycle, so we are liable for the entire election fee; which can be upwards of $400,000 depending on how many items are placed on the ballot. This may also increase voter turnout since we will be voting during state, and national elections, hopefully creating some local interest.
Con: If placed on the November ballot, this change to the City Charter will allow the current elected officials to remain in office longer while the city transitions into the new even-year cycle.
I want to mention something about the spirituality debate in America right now. You don't believe in God? Fine. I'm not one to judge, because I'm not the judge.
Why is it so important for some to mock those of us that do? If we're wrong, what have we lost when we die? Nothing! How does our believing in Jesus Christ bring any harm? You think it makes me stupid? Gullible? Fine. How does that affect you? I would rather live my life believing in God and serving Him, and find out I was right, than not believing in Him and not serve Him, and find out I was wrong. Then it's too late.
There's no shame in my game! I believe in Jesus Christ. He said, "But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven." (Matthew 10:33). HE'S COMING BACK...greatest man in history had no servants, yet they called him Master; had no degree, yet they called him Teacher; had no medicines, yet they called him Healer; had no army, yet kings feared Him. He won no military battles, yet He conquered the world. He committed no crime, yet they crucified Him. He was buried in a tomb, yet He lives today. His name is Jesus Christ.
OPEN LETTER TO COMPTON
If Compton is to move forward, we must move forward together
Compton Herald is willing to work with the city's elected leadership provided you don't adopt an adversarial posture like Aja Brown, who assailed objective reporting in favor of stories that only projected her triumphs.
That's not the role of an independent, objective newspaper.
But every small, mid-size, large city needs an independent newspaper—hardcopy or digital—to balance the municipal narrative, ultimately promoting the city, applauding its triumphs but deploring its faults and shortfalls too. That latter for the better good.
Compton is stuck in a hard place and will need the newspaper, mayor, council, and divisive forces in the community to come together to turn matters into a positive direction.
If political leadership forestalls greed and the corruption that accompanies it, and is beholden to honesty and integrity, the leadership has nothing to fear from a newspaper that will exercise due diligence in singing the praises of a well-oiled and positively-driven municipality.
Our hope is that the servants of Compton and executors of the public trust will embrace our overture.
To God be the glory.