first_imgIn recent times in Liberia, Minister George K. Werner has caused a stir and a panic among many Liberians with his proposal to close down schools, nullify all credits earned by students for promotion and introduce a new academic calendar year. All this is done in the name of reforming our rotten educational system. The House of Representatives has summoned him and the debate is likely to widen over what he intends to do and the House’s rejection of it and what is to go in its place. All this is a cause for a reflection on the necessity of reforms in general of how the government and other institutions are run in Liberia currently and their impact on the development of the country.There is no argument that Liberia desperately needs to reform its public sector as a whole. This will certainly include the major areas of governance, security, economy and education. But what do we mean by reform? What is it we want to reform? How do we want to reform? Are we willing to pay the price for reforms? We need to reflect on and find answers to these and many more questions if we are to correct the errors of the past and make genuine progress.I therefore propose a short series to encourage and aid us in reflecting on what we want to reform in Liberia, how and at what price if we are to succeed in carrying out the needed reforms of the public sector. The series will proceed as follows. The introductory article will focus on some definitions of reforms and the various kinds of reforms badly needed in our society. The second article will consider what the Holy Bible has to teach us on reforms and how they should be carried out and some concrete suggestions as to how to engage in the business of reforms. The third article will delve into the cost of reforms. And, the fourth article will close the series with a look at the benefits of proper reforms.What is a reformation? How does it differ from a revolution? A reformation calls for a return to the roots, basics; restoration to the original mandate or intent. It still has faith in the system or institution but questions unhelpful additions or deviations and cries for a return to the original. A reformation assumes something has gone wrong but that it can be corrected. It is a call for making good that which was once good but has gone bad. A reformation is a gradual and peaceful change. But a revolution is a call for a radical change; it loses faith in the system or religion and demands that it be removed or destroyed and replaced with a new one. According to Malcolm X a revolution knows no compromise; it destroys anything and everything that gets in its way. He puts for the argument that a revolution is achieved through bloodshed and gives examples of how the major world revolutions before his time were achieved through bloodshed: the Russian, French, English and American. Though generally we use the words reformation and revolution synonymously or interchangeably there is a technical difference in terms of the method. One is gradual and generally peaceful (reformation) and the other is radical, sudden and is often violent (revolution).The key concept in both terms is change for the better. Change is part and parcel of human existence. Someone has observed that when we face inevitable changes in life, and they will come from to time, we have two choices: either to cry and give up and let the changes do whatever they will or we can use them to get better. We need, in Liberia, to move from fine talking and planning to actual doing with all seriousness. Most of us desire change but often resist it when it involves us personally. We would rather expect the government and everybody else to change but not us. Change or reform must we or miss out a lot in life.One of the needs of all individuals and institutions is to reform continuously or from time to time. The reason for this is that human beings tend to forget and eventually decline from best to better, from better to good, and from good to bad.There have been and still are political reforms, economic reforms, industrial reforms, educational reforms, social reforms, religious reforms, and one on one personal total reform. All these types of reforms take careful thought, prayer for believers, willingness to pay a high price for a fundamental change, and spread it around in the best manner and way possible.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Moorpark to hit below-par rentals

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsThere are between 700 and 1,000 rental homes and duplexes and 1,100 apartment units within Moorpark’s city limits, Planning Manager Dave Bobardt said. If the new ordinance is adopted, Moorpark would join Simi Valley as the second eastern Ventura County city to crack down on illegal and unsafe housing. To get a better handle on illegal conversions and combat substandard living conditions, Simi Valley launched a system to track down code violators last year, said Peter Lyons, the city’s deputy planning director. The program has since identified 300 such cases. Moorpark’s proposal, introduced last week, would require an initial inspection of the inside and outside of homes, annual inspections of the homes’ exteriors – unless obvious concerns warrant a look inside – and registration of rental housing units. The proposal will come back to the council for a second reading in a few weeks, but it could be months before an enforcement program is in place. City officials are studying the cost and whether more resources will be needed to administer it. Cities with similar programs charge between $50 and $150 per inspection, which might be enough to sustain the program, according to a city staff report. MOORPARK – More than a year after a fatal Simi Valley fire that left one man dead and a dozen others homeless, the city of Moorpark is going after absentee landlords who unlawfully convert their rental properties for profit. Officials took the first step Wednesday in addressing substandard living conditions by proposing annual inspections to ensure that rental units are safe and up to code, including having working smoke detectors, adequate wiring and working plumbing. “This is meant to protect the renters,” City Councilman Clint Harper said. “We want to make sure a tragedy doesn’t occur in Moorpark like it did in Simi. This is not meant as punitive but to increase safety.” In January 2005, a fire swept through a three-bedroom Cochran Street home crowded with more than a dozen renters living in a converted garage, makeshift bedroom and two trailers. A 23-year-old man was killed and his girlfriend and son were injured. “It’s a safety issue,” Councilwoman Roseann Mikos said. “It’s a step in the right direction to agree that we need to have some kind of a program.” [email protected] (805) 583-7604160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more