Sue Gunzburger, commissioner, Broward County

Last week: The 12th anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy again focused the need for state-of-the-art communications, technology, and equipment for our emergency first responders. This past week, after over 20 years of “talking about it,” Broward is actually transitioning to a Consolidated E-911 Communications and Dispatch Emergency System. Yes, the new system will shift certain E-911 costs from nearly all Broward’s cities to the County and necessitate a .17 of a mill increase in the county’s tax rate. However, is not 17 cents per $1,000 of taxable value a justifiable increase in order to save lives and enhance public safety? That is why I am supporting the county’s 2014 budget, which includes the Consolidated E-911 System transition funding.

Sept. 8

Looking ahead: For Jewish people the next 10 days between Rosh Hashona and Yom Kippur are called the Days of Awe. It is when we look into our behavior over the past year and apologize to all we may have wronged. We also make resolutions or goals for the following year to make positive changes in our own lives. It is a time of deep introspection. On Yom Kippur, Jews fast, (eat and drink nothing), from sunset and to sundown the next day to repent for our past year's sins.We usually end the year with a Break the Fast, which is generally a dairy meal and rejoice with friends and family.

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