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'Elected officials at the federal, state, county and city levels need cold, hard facts.'

On the third Monday in August 1979, I was called into the battalion commander's office where six civilians in suits awaited me and the colonel informed me I was being volunteered to assist in a Congressional Budget Office investigation into military readiness and expenditures.

When he asked if I had any questions I had but one — "Am I to follow Army Regulations or can I tell them the truth?" He assured me his command was not in jeopardy and I could tell them what they needed to know.

Once again President Trump has terminated an inspector general whose duty was to report inconsistencies within his administration. The presidency is not a reality show like "The Apprentice." Elected officials at the federal, state, county and city levels need cold, hard facts to make sound decisions. All too often, decisions are based on personal perception rather than facts, such as public transit, jail, education or the homeless, generating a massive waste of tax dollars. It's an election year and time for citizens to become involved, and like my dad always

said, "If you don't vote, don't complain."

Joseph Turner, Columbia City


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