Letter to the Editor

Letters to the Editor, Jan. 23

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Trash disposal and the economy

To the Editor:

In our ever-changing world today, one reoccurring constant that applies universally to all and it is not a reference to Universal Health Care--it is however, the fees applicable to life. Trash pick-up is no different from the other cultural essentials that include the police, fire fighters, and emergency medical workers. People produce waste and the disposal of waste costs money. Therefore, bring on the fee and the tax hike but be certain that all money applies directly to the sanitation department even if it means raises for all sanitation employees.

In addition, discussion of saving money by eliminating services does not actually save money. Instead, workers move into the unemployment line and the money comes from a different account but the source remains inevitably the same, the taxpayer. Rather than discussion of eliminating services and cutting jobs, think about adding new employees to the payroll who pay their taxes and of course the so-called fees.

Stop, just for a moment and consider something other than a few more dollars to live in Shelbyville and Bedford County. We do not have a wheel tax or emissions testing that equal or are more than the sanitation fees. How much is the average cost of buying new parts to repair our old vehicles in a manner equivalent to pass emissions? Now, return to the image of our city and take a good look--streets are in need of repair, lots need clearing, and beauty needs to return to our town. Why not hire everybody without a job and use him or her in Shelbyville's own version of Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal program.

Now council members, start burning up those calculators adding up the tax dollars paid in Shelbyville with everyone working. Crunch the numbers for the cost of jailing one deadbeat dad for nonpayment of child support. Place that man in the employ of our city or county and the outcomes are threefold. First, the children that have to live on food stamps will reduce saving large amounts of fund. Second, the taxes from their paychecks are in the control of our city going into the appropriate account. Third, the streets, the parks, and the overall appearance of this great township will attract new business generating more revenues.

Lastly, the opportunity to revitalize and revamp this city is only a few votes away. There are some many options to increase our financial situation while making a statement that shows the pride of our city attracting more business and more taxpayers. Moving one deadbeat dad from incarceration into a productive existence can change the life of a child forever. Consider the fact if the city employs a large number of employees at a reasonable wage then businesses must compete to survive. Higher pay delivers higher tax dollars. Sure, our budget might fall into the red momentarily but the return is exponential to the power of loyal workers and an overall better community.

Suppose Shelbyville power starts running fiber optic phone, internet, and cable television lines to beat our current cable company adding more jobs to construct the service and then hiring clerical and administration personnel to run the operation. Increasing our internet speeds while supplying high definition cable for an alternative service in our homes from a self-sustaining non-profit publically owned service guaranteeing more jobs and more money in our pocket to spend generating more tax income. These opinions are only small tidbits of possible directions our city could follow.

We can always stop trash pickup and eliminate jobs but more openings are necessary to raise tax revenues. Of course, the alternative that will inevitably surface is the private trash pickup will commence and the city will lose all income from the service. Personally, I would rather pay our citizens and perpetuate gainful employment instead of paying a privately owned trash pickup service to take our money and spend it in their town of origin losing even more tax income.

Jim Saylor


Higher taxes will encourage people to move

To the Editor:

I have lived in Shelbyville for five years now and this is the first time as a homeowner I have not had to pay for trash. I am not against a fee for trash, but on Jan 6. 2011, when I read that they wanted to raise our property taxes to make up for the deficit, I realized I am certainly against raising my property taxes because of a mis-management of city funds.

I do not feel homeowners alone should be responsible to balance the city's budget. That means if you do not own a home or if you live outside the city limits, you do not carry this burden. Since purchasing my home, prices have decreased in value, yet the city council wants to raise my taxes, when in fact, they should be lowered.

I understand the need for extra money, but let's be fair about it. This will just encourage people to move out of the city limits or out of Shelbyville. They need to come up with a more fair solution. I am sure most of the people on the city council and our city manager, probably live outside the city limits.

Diana Roach


Can't We All Get Along?

To the Editor:

In the playoff game between the Seahawks and Bears, a Seahawk was unfortunately injured. The knee of a Bear made contact with the head of a Seahawk. It looked serious, because they carried him off the field on a back board.

There was no unnecessary roughness nor was a penalty called. It was a terrible accident that resulted from the normal, regulation playing of a hard-hitting sport.

I was struck with an analogy. On January 8, a congresswoman was shot while conducting normal business. Because of the deranged actions of one tormented individual, there has been a move to change the reality of our political differences. Legislators are now to carefully choose their words when they disagree, and disagreement itself is to be avoided. "Amend and Compromise" are the new beltway buzz words. As a show of artificially imposed unity, the Republicans and Democrats are encouraged to "intermingle" their seating during the State of the Union address.

Suppose after the football accident, new rules had been imposed for the playoffs: No more hard hitting; apologize if you blitz the quarterback; watch your language or face public humiliation. The fans will also need to be careful about politically incorrect signs and cheers. In a true demonstration of brotherly love, each team will, for at least one quarter, "intermingle" and send a few players to participate on the rival team.

Ridiculous! It won't work with the Steelers and Jets, the Bears and Packers and it won't work with the Republicans and Democrats.

Our legislators must show civility and respect for their office. Just as on the football field, they must play by the rules. They should not, however, be pressured into a counterfeit exhibition of compatibility. They should stand firm with the team they were elected to play on, stay true to their game plan and defend their goal with passion. Can't we all just get along? Probably not. That's why we have a ballot box.

June Pugh


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