Letters to the Editor

Just give us the bare necessities

I think the keepers of the public purse strings would find it easier to budget according to constitutional principles than on current societal needs as perceived by a few who obviously hold a low opinion of the citizenry.

A community will perform to expectation. If little is expected beyond writing a check for taxes and letting someone else do the work, where’s the incentive to actually do something for my community?

What happens to my desire to clean up after myself whether it’s in a park or on a beach or in my yard? Why should I spend time working with kids in 4-H or scouts, or giving a few hours of respite care to seniors, or take them food?

Who cares if I am no longer able to write a check to support orphans or dig a well for another community somewhere that doesn’t have clean water, because someone is being paid by my tax dollars to determine whether I’m smart enough to not pollute my own drinking water.

My dad used to explain the difference between need and want this way: toilet paper is necessary while colored, scented paper is a luxury. Why don’t you, the commissioners, take care of the necessities and let the community take care of the luxuries.

We have a very loving, giving, responsible community as evidenced by the way people are already stepping in to pick up where government can’t, and probably shouldn’t go. So, how about doing what you were elected to do and leave the social engineering to those not supported by tax dollars.

Terresa Hobbs

Oak Harbor

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