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Letters to the Editor

December 9, 2012

Letters to the Editor 12/9/12



Kelly Range


It’s time for


Dear Editor:

It’s time for contemplation regarding the past year. It’s a time of reviewing our giving, not necessarily financial, but of one’s own talents and assisting others. 

Citizens must be broken from the habit of wanting to benefit from the bounty of others’ hard work, sweat and tears. People must work to become independent, self-supporting, individuals as part of this working society.

We must get our national leaders to understand that half the hardworking citizens cannot continue to provide funding for the other half that is not contributing to society, but rather taking from society. Our government tells us to get medical insurance and what we need to pay or else, raises taxes to provide funds to support those who have quit school and haven’t achieved any further education, mothers of numerous illegitimate children, illegal aliens, redundant and unnecessary publicly funded programs. We need people to work and produce results for society, not calls for financial assistance. Why should certain people, but not others, qualify for government funding for college? If you, or your family, are providing some of the funds, you should also be able to participate.

The United States cannot afford to be the world’s charity, without receiving something in return.  How about our free funding recipients playing their part in society by providing hours of community service in return for free housing, utilities, food debit cards, free school breakfasts and lunches and weekend meals, Pell grants, and so on? Instead of always taking, they could begin giving of their time and help our city accomplish necessary activities to make it a better place to live.

We must not forget our local City Council members when they allocate the taxpayers funds, as they will do tomorrow night. Funding allocations should not only be level with last year, but reduced by the same percent that all city departments are having their budgets reduced. 

United Way has a very stringent and thorough investigation of the accounting of their recipients.  Why was the money spent?  Was it justified and what was received for the expenditure?  How did the expenditure benefit the giver or taxpayer?  Can our council members honestly say they individually have been as thorough?

Giving away taxpayer funds for little or no return is not beneficial, rather it is a sign of complacency leading down the problem-strewn road to financial chaos. It is our citizen’s responsibility to stop it.

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