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Ventspils: what is most important to the municipality

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUThose in power in Ventspils refuse to make lives better for pensioners, invalids and other people who have difficulties with living, because funding is necessary for maintaining the great image of the leader in best traditions of Fascists Germany’s Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels. This is how the general political situation in Ventspils is described by Ventspils City Council deputies Aivis Landmanis and Vladislav Shafranskis.

Such conclusions were made after the rulers from the For Latvia and Ventspils and Harmony Centre told deputy Vitaly Trusevics decided not to support his initiative of January 24th, 2014 to provide the city’s pensioners with free public transport services and allocate reasonable funding for Cimdiņš* and Žēlsirdības māja**.

Are deputies of City Council’s Chairman completely spineless?

In spite of the failure to allocate additional funds from the budget for Žēlsirdības māja, its managers Tatyana and Velery Brazinsky decided to look for potential supporters in Ventspils City Council’s Social Service and the City Council itself. They talked to officials of the social service and deputies of the Chairman of Ventspils City Council Guntis Blumbergs and Didzis Ošenieks. A solution was promised to financially assist Žēlsirdības māja and help preserve Dižrausis cafe, which employs youngsters with disabilities. Everyone had agreed – Ventspils City Council will look for solutions. The matter was reviewed and potential support options were approved by Ošeniek’s Ventspils City Council Social Service, say Landmanis and Shafranskis.

There was only one small push ahead – gain support in Lembergs’ led Economy and Budget Committee.

‘Unfortunately, Blumbergs and Ošenieks could not face their Führer (German for ‘leader’) Lembergs, who, in the best Nazi traditions, decided to decline any and all proposals to provide assistance to invalids. Instead of helping someone for once, Lembergs, Ošenieks and Blumbergs even threatened Žēlsirdības māja with court processes and kicking out Dižrausis cafe from municipal premises,’ – say the deputies.

Rulers don’t care about invalids

‘After receiving information about this despicable act, we, deputies Aivis Landmanis and Vladislav Shafranskis, asked deputies of Ventspils of City Council to support our project on the May 23rd, 2014 meeting. In this project, we requested to provide support to Žēlsirdības māja equal to support provided to Selga Nursing Home and Orphanage per tenant, as well as provide financial assistance to Dižrausis cafe by means of covering communal utilities or by providing its employees with partial wage benefits, similar to those provided to entrepreneurs who employ students on seasonal jobs,’ – Landmanis and Shafranskis continue.

Unfortunately, instead of supporting their proposal, ‘Didzis Ošenieks called the initiative to provide assistance to Žēlsirdības māja an unprofitable case and lamented the inertia of entrepreneurs to support social projects’.

‘It is possible that Mr Ošenieks has forgotten that he is the person in Ventspils City Council responsible for social matters, and that it is the duty of city council, not businessmen, to offer help to those who cannot stand up for themselves. Thinking how to successfully shoot the municipality’s resources in expensive fireworks is secondary,’ – say the deputies.

They note that other deputies from For Latvia and Ventspils and Harmony Centre also believe helping invalids and orphans is unnecessary. Such opinions clearly put all activities of Žēlsirdības māja under direct risk.

The following deputies voted against providing assistance to Žēlsirdības māja: Aivars Lembergs, Jānis Vītoliņš, Guntis Blumbergs, Didzis Ošenieks, Ilze Buņķe, Dainis Gīlis, Andris Grigalis, Aigo Gūtmanis, Aldis Savinskis and Vitālijs Trusevičs.

The initaitive was supported by: Dace Korna, Aivis Landmanis and Vladislavs Šafranskis.

*Cimdiņš – support centre for families and children with special needs.

**Žēlsirdības māja – adaptation centre and an alternative to specialized state social care centres. Is also part of the common psychiatric help system and social protection institution for residents.


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