vide more security for officers and the inmates they transfer from the jail to the courthouse and back again on a regular basis. “Moving prisoners is a very dangerous, hazardous time,” Marks said. “It’s my responsibility to keep officers and prisoners safe.” Marks said, without the fencing, more officers are needed to secure the parking lot — which was used in the past by the public — as well as to watch the streets and lawn for anyone who might be waiting. He said criticism of the look of the fence is premature, since more work will be done in the spring to plant trees and shrubbery on the 10th Avenue side. “It’s not done yet,” he said. “It may not be pretty, but it will be much safer. Give it a chance.” DuPont agrees that the fence isn’t aesthetically pleasing, but said she was told it had to be connected to the front of the courthouse to allow space for snowplowing in the winter. Marks said he has heard people say the county should build a new jail in the county — somewhere outside the city, similar to Marinette County’s Law Enforcement Center on University Drive. He doesn’t agree. “I can’t see us spending $20-plus million on a new jail when we have declining population in the county,” he said. “I say fix what we have and maintain our facility. This is a safety fix right here.” DuPont and Marks said there are still steps needed to bring the courthouse and the jail completely up to speed from a safety standpoint. “We have to get electricity to the fence and access
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The same article speaks of the Supreme Court ruling on the constitutionality of nativity scenes on public property on more than one occasion, and in one case, Lynch v. Donnelly (1984), “the court ruled that a nativity scene in a shopping district in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, did not promote or endorse Christianity and thus did not violate the Establishment Clause because the display also contained secular symbols of Christmas, such as a Santa Claus and reindeer.
A fence, complete with rolled razor wire and privacy strips, was installed Monday at the Menominee County Courthouse in Menominee. Sheriff Kenny Marks said the fence will improve safety for inmates and the public. He said it is a work in progress and the fence will be made more aesthetically pleasing. electronic equipment has not yet been installed, officers will be trained to operate the new X-ray equipment to scan purses, backpacks and briefcases, and an officer will be on duty at the entrance every day, starting Jan. 1. Marks said the state of Michigan made “a lot of changes” after courthouse shootings in Berrien County in July 2016 that resulted in the death of two deputies “and they are tightening up security and safety.”
cards, as well as install the fire door,” DuPont said. “The process is not done. Some of the costs have been budgeted, some have not.” Marks said his goal is to have the grounds safe and the new security entrance on the west side of the courthouse completed by February 2017, when a twoweek-long murder trial has been scheduled. “Once it gets locked down, it will stay locked down after that,” he said of the secured courthouse. While all of the
the contracted assessor. The new city manager, who started in his position Monday, will work with the new city assessor, who was just hired three weeks ago. The former contracted assessor, Mari Negro, who resigned from the job as of Oct. 31, was not disciplined by the State Tax Commission, according to Gittus. The 2015 roll was seized after the former full-time assessor Jill Schwanz was terminated in 2015 and two interim assessors (Robert Desjarlais and Bastien) took over temporarily, but did not sign the roll. The city hired Negro in October 2015 to correct the problems with the roll. The draft order from the State Tax Commission stated the city underwent an AMAR Review in 2015 which indicated: “they did not have a policy on public inspec-
tion of records, did not have documented economic condition factors or land value determinations, had 610 land adjustments on the roll with 264 of those adjustments with invalid or no reason, did not have land value maps and the current year assessment did not include new construction.” The order went on to state that the city (Negro) presented a corrective action plan that indicated they would correct the deficiencies noted in the review for the 2016 roll and “the follow up review conducted in June 2016 indicated that the City simply removed all 610 land adjustments without applying theoretically supported valuation techniques which may have caused significant valuation problems” which led to the recommendation to assume jurisdiction of that roll as well as the 2015 roll it already possessed. The City of MenomineeKwill be AMEfor Gbilled PAC ER the work done by VanderVries. 7:25 @ Thur, Oct. 20 NIX! E O H P AT THE
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Trump spent much of Tuesday in his Manhattan skyscraper, racing through meetings with prospective administration hires as high-profile vacancies remain — none bigger than secretary of state. He emerged in the evening for a private dinner with former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who is on the shortlist for the nation’s chief diplomat. Romney spoke briefly to reporters after the meal, saying he has “increasing hope” that Trump can lead the country to a “better future.” A transition official said the president-elect and Vice President-elect Mike Pence will travel to Indiana on Thursday for an event with Carrier, the air conditioning company. During the campaign, Trump repeatedly used the news of Carrier’s plans to move some business to Mexico as criticism of Democratic trade policies. Carrier tweeted, “We are pleased to have reached a deal with President-elect Trump & VP-elect Pence to keep close to 1,000 jobs in Indy.” Price, picked to lead the Department of Health and Human Services after more than a decade in Congress, helped craft House Speaker Paul Ryan’s plan to privatize Medicare — a position Trump opposed in the campaign. Price’s selection raised questions about the incom-
“The Lynch decision spawned what has become known as the “reindeer rule,” an assumption that a religious nativity scene can survive a court challenge as long as it is part of larger holiday display that contains secular holiday symbols or symbols from other religious traditions,” the article stated. Other groups, such as the Freedom from Religion Foundation, claim “Post-Lynch, after a complaint is filed, the government body may respond simply by adding a little tinsel, a few reindeer or candy cane figures near a large nativity scene, and claim it is now part of an overall ‘secular’ display.”
ing president’s commitment to Medicare, among other popular entitlement programs he repeatedly vowed to preserve before the election. The Georgia congressman led GOP efforts on Capitol Hill to transform Medicare into a voucher-like system, a change that if enacted, would likely dramatically reduce government spending on the health care program that serves an estimated 57 million people. Trump did not address Price’s position on Medicare in a statement released by his transition team. The team did not respond to subsequent questions about it. “Chairman Price, a renowned physician, has earned a reputation for being a tireless problem solver and the go-to expert on health care policy, making him the ideal choice to serve in this capacity,” Trump said. “He is exceptionally qualified to shepherd our commitment to repeal and replace Obamacare and bring affordable and accessible health care to every American.” Trump, in a 2015 interview promoted on his campaign website, pledged not to cut expensive entitlement programs that Republicans have fought for years to cut to help reduce the federal deficit. “I’m not going to cut Social Security like every other Republican. And I’m not going to cut Medicare or Medicaid. Every other
Republican’s going to cut,” Trump told the Daily Signal. He later changed his mind on Medicaid, embracing the GOP concept of turning the program over to the states with a fixed amount of federal “block grant” funding. Like any Cabinet official, Price would carry out the wishes of the president. And a sweeping Medicare initiative would have to go through Congress with some Democratic support, which would be unlikely. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders charged that Price “has a long history of wanting to do exactly the opposite of what Trump campaigned on.” Like Price, Elaine Chao is well-known in Washington. She was the first AsianAmerican woman to serve in a president’s Cabinet, as labor secretary under George W. Bush. Her record in that post suggests she would bring a light hand to safety enforcement as transportation secretary. Under Chao at Labor, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration didn’t issue a single significant new safety regulation for four years. Mine safety inspectors were cut and inspections reduced.
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