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Just when I couldn’t be surprised more by society’s level of ignorance with regard to citizens’ relationship with their governments, I once again get knocked off my chair.
During a television newscast last week, an anchorperson relayed the story of Des Moines ending the suspension of writing tickets for people who overstay their welcome in a downtown parking space accompanied by a parking meter. Right – the Des Moines Police Department’s traffic enforcement officers have started writing tickets again. The anchorperson noted the suspension of enforcement had cost the city an estimated $600,000 and then moved on to the next story after dutifully reporting the financial impact of not writing tickets.
Read On the Side in the June 4 Advance.

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