9/11 Letter to the Editor: Where does government's role in society end?


To the editor:

Last week's editorial hit several points regarding the KW BOS spending priorities and whether or not the board members were correct in how it was allocating public monies. Excellent points raised by the editorial, but let's examine it from a taxpayer standpoint.

Last year the TR covered the closing of the local Kiwanis chapter after some 65 years of operation. I don't recall the gentleman's name but he was quoted in the article as pointing out how government today has stepped in and filled many of the charitable volunteer functions the Kiwanis filled for decades. Forget for the moment why this has happened and focus on government's role in society.

While the editorial and Kathy Vesley-Massey made impassioned pleas for restoration of funds that had been cut one question was never addressed — When did it become a government function to "keeping people employed? For that matter getting people to the doctors or grocery store, is now a government function? Follow that logic, where does it end? One could argue under this premise why government could then do almost anything. Much like the fathers who abandoned their responsibilities when they saw government could become the new "daddy" how has society benefited by this? Can government do this more efficiently than the Kiwanis?

The addition of another "finance person" has us scratching our heads, as well . The editorial pointed out we have a finance manager, a county administrator (who has two executive assistants), a treasurer, a commissioner of revenue — one has to ponder how many " finance " people it takes to run a County this size?

Tom Redd's comments on Park's and Recreations "baby sitting" service is at the same time dead on and full of duplicity. May I remind the readers Mr. Redd has been on the Board for 29 years and responsible for this bloated county department.

I just wish Mr. Redd's heartfelt compassion extended to the folks who have to pick up the check for his heavy heart.

Bob Shannon

Central Garage