Oct 29, 2014 1:39:18 PM
Oct 23, 2014 11:54:14 AM
Wildfires are a natural—even necessary—part of the overall forest ecosystem. These periodic events burn away dead brush and make room, as well as fertile soil, for new plants to grow. However, this is little comfort to those who may live near the scene of a massive wildfire. To them, it is crucial that these events be controlled so they do not spread to settlements, damage property and take lives. This is where well-organized fire departments play a crucial role.
Oct 21, 2014 10:23:09 AM
The term "bureaucracy" generally has a negative connotation. When used to describe local government, bureaucracy represents waste, largesse and inefficiency. It suggests to residents that their government has little interest in—or ability to—solve basic problems without expending large sums of money.
Oct 8, 2014 5:04:00 PM
The United States has the highest incarceration rate in the world, standing at 716 prisoners per 100,000 people in 2013. Serving time among this hefty prison population are violent convicted criminals who must be kept secure for the safety of the general public.
Sep 16, 2014 4:52:00 PM
When Miami-Dade County, Florida released its initial budget for the next fiscal year back in June, many residents were alarmed by a proposal to cut about 400 police jobs. According to an article by McClatchy-Tribune Information Services, these cuts were due to a tax ceiling that restricted how much the county government could increase its budget.The county, which includes the city of Miami and a number of surrounding municipalities and unincorporated areas, is proposing to spend $6.2 billion in 2014-2015 without raising tax rates.
Sep 12, 2014 12:05:00 PM
Sep 5, 2014 2:11:00 PM
The hottest and driest parts of the summer may be over, but the risk of a fire at a home or business never fully goes away, no matter the time of year. As such, municipalities both large and small must make sure that they always have a fire response presence that is proportionate to their size.
Sep 3, 2014 4:51:00 PM
Aug 26, 2014 3:09:00 PM
Serious crimes on campus such as sexual assault place a heavy demand on campus police. Universities must improve their staffing efforts as a result.
Aug 19, 2014 4:09:00 PM
The reason municipal governments focus so much of their efforts on ensuring that there is an acceptable ratio of emergency staff members to the general population is so they can hold down response times. Whether a caller is trapped inside a burning building or threatened by a violent criminal, it is vital that public safety officials get to the scene as soon as possible.
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