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Council to Mull Changes to HRC Ordinance

May 10, 2013

Wheeling City Manager Robert Herron said he plans to propose legislation next month that would strip the city Human Rights Commission of its authority to hear discrimination cases following council’......

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Hefner

May-10-13 7:54 AM

Good thinking Mr. Herron. Now spread that good thinking to the rest of the city's over populated employee positions.

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Newgirl

May-10-13 10:23 AM

"Wheeling City Manager Robert Herron said he plans to propose legislation next month that would strip the city Human Rights Commission of its authority to hear discrimination cases following council's Tuesday decision to cut almost 80 percent of the department's funding." -- If this is the plan - doesn't it totally take away the purpose of the HRC?

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richardwhee

May-10-13 1:50 PM

Newgirl - With so few complaints why does the city need the HRC. Thats why we have lawyers & courts.

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Newgirl

May-10-13 4:54 PM

In a perfect world everyone could afford attorney, all attorneys would be experts in every area, and everyone would get their day in court. We all know that isn't true. Did anyone ever consider that Maybe, just maybe the 3000 calls were resolved due to HRC? Just because the formal complaints were small, is there possibly a chance that there were many more INITIAL complaints that got resolved due to the director's actions? How much money was saved by the City as a result of those complaints being resolved? Is it really a fair fight for the person allegedly discriminated against to have no legal representative locally, yet the City has attorneys on staff? This really seems fair and appropriate? If I am missing the boat on this matter please speak up. I don't see how you can say that the HRC as an advocate against discrimination is a waste of money. Help me see the point.

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justmytake

May-11-13 7:37 AM

Newgirl: If you have a case you won't have to pay an attorney. The attorney will take his/her fee from your award. I suspect the majority of the "complaints" are nonsense and handled by file 13.

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richardwhee

May-11-13 12:02 PM

Newgirl- Everybody and I say everybody can feel they are ddiscrimatd against in one way or another. Some are just more vocal than others and want to change things in to be in their favor.

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Newgirl

May-11-13 1:08 PM

Let me see if I have a clear understanding of what you are saying. Due to the fact that some claims are not meritorious then you scrap a whole program that helps those who truly have legitimate issues? Also, there are still fees that attorneys don't/wont cover, and their potential "clients" would need to have the money to pay back those services, (depositions, medical record requests, special investigators, so on,....). I am not seeing your point as to why those with legitimate claims should not have the benefit of a LOCAL PROGRAM. Would you want to have to travel to Charleston for Social Security Issues? IRS issues? Tax questions? If we go by that theory, then why do we have Senate/Congressional Offices in the area~~because matters get handles quickly and efficiently when the office is in your town. HRC helped people from our community,..do you acknowledge that fact?? Again, if issues can be handled efficiently and resolved locally ~ why wouldn't you want that for your

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Newgirl

May-11-13 1:08 PM

Why wouldn't you want that for your neighbor or FAMILY member?

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Triton

May-17-13 8:31 AM

How does a commission, appointed politically, and populated by big feeling people of means end up with the power to "hold hearings and make landlords do this or that"? The Rabbi thinks its a good thing, that she is on a Board that can have a "hearing" on a complaint and rule on something. At all! What started as a means to investigate complaints of racism or injustice, evolved into a board that attempts to make landlords carry non paying residents just cuz its the warm, fuzzy thing to do. Tenant rights are properly heard in Magistrate Court..you know the people who are elected/trained judges. Democracy? We don't need not stinkin democracy, we have a little club of big feelers. All landlords are not rich, many are people who rent out a few apts as extra or retirement income. HRC as a tenant hearing board...no way. Let libs find a new kitten to hug, but leave justice in the courts with professionals. Its absurd.

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