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Thursday, July 25, 2024


Dear Source,
For years the real leaders in our communities have been speaking about the fiscal problems of this government. Our elected leaders disclaimed such talk as untrue and took little or no action in reeling in the reckless spending. Well, who is kidding whom? This current administration finds itself in the same position as others, robbing Peter to pay Paul.
It was shortsighted and unwise to spend the "windfall" from two years ago instead of putting it away for a rainy day or using it to pay off debt.
Maybe, just maybe, we have reached a turning point. If some of our elected officials do not receive their pay on time, they will finally get the message. I am sorry to say I have no sympathy for them, as the writing was on the wall — and it was written with their own pens. I only feel for the everyday worker struggling to make ends meet.
With government being the biggest employer, and government employees being the consumers who contribute to the cash registers for many local businesses, cutting the employee work week will have a ripple effect on the economy. The proposals to raise revenues by increasing a variety of taxes will not solve our fiscal problem.
Our government has never been able to live within its means. No matter how much money the government has, is always manages to spend more. There are too many holes in the piggy bank, and until we address this problem we will find ourselves forever coming up short.
The fiscal problems have been cooking for some time. The legislative and executive branches, past and present, have not exercised their fiduciary responsibility with the money of the taxpayers of this community. They have fed themselves and their friends around them well.
Some critical decisions should have been made some time back as to how this government functions. The short-sightedness and reckless actions of our "leaders" have put us in this plight, and if you are wondering who is to blame, just look in the mirror.
Like it or not, we are beyond curtailing travel or phone service to keep this government above water. The decisions that have to be made to correct our course will be a bitter pill to digest. Captain! The ship is not sinking; it's already 6 feet under!
Vinnie Mohanani
St. Thomas

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