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Off The Editor’s Desk – 9-28-2016

Are we serving the government?

“We the people are the rightful masters of both the congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution, but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution.”  – Abraham Lincoln

Another quote I like, but I don’t know who the author is, goes like this: “I don’t get up in the morning and go to work to fund the government.”

Last week all of us that are self-employed people had to send in our quarterly income tax payment. One quarter of what we think our tax liability will be come next April 15th.

I know I could have another reporter on staff to cover more stories for this newspaper if I did not have to send in money to Washington, Madison and the local property tax load.

Some of the reiteration coming from the candidates in this fall’s election believe that schools need more money to give students an education. Over the years that I have had God’s grace to live I have listened to what I call old timers tell about growing up following World War I and into the 1930s. I remember one gentleman telling of going to school and in his lunch sack was a fat sandwich and he was lucky if there was bread. Kids and us adults don’t know what hard times are.

These folks grew up, some of them were very fortunate to make it through the eighth grade and if you got 12 years of education, it was something special. But one thing they all had in common was that they worked and supported their families.

“Let’s stop telling young people to find their passion and start telling them to find a job. The work you do in the world is not supposed to make a fulfilled individual; it’s supposed to make you an employed individual,” so says Gina Barreca, a columnist for the Hartford Courant.

I am thinking of my five-year-old grandson, who just started kindergarten and last year completed four-year-old K. By the time he graduates from high school, he will have spent 14 years in our local tax-supported institution. Hopefully he will then be able to move forward to a public-supported institution and graduate with some sort of degree. I pray that he does not end up supporting his family on some kind of government entitlement program.

As I drive around the countryside from one community to another, I pay special attention to the schools. In most of these communities, the schoolhouse is one of the best looking structures in that community. Most of them have had million dollar building programs within the last few years. I think that in most cases a public referendum was held to ask for the elector’s approval. That is the way it should be.

Not someone in Madison or Washington telling us how the educate our kids.

Another quote I like is by Warren Buffett: “The smarter the journalists are, the better off society is. (For) to a degree, people read the press to inform themselves – and the better the teacher, the better the student body.”

I print that quote, not referring to myself as anywhere near smart.

Thanks for reading!     ~Carlton