11/1/2012 3:00:00 PM Letters to the Editor 11-1-12
To the Editor:
AS this is the final edition of the Switzerland Democrat before the election on November 6th, I want to make one last plea to the voters of this county.
The "Field of Schemes" at Markland is getting more and more out of control with the unlimited reckless spending and very little chance of recouping any of this money in my lifetime.
Our benevolent politicians decided a food pantry at the park was just the ticket to attract other entities to the park so a decision was made to allocate around $120,000 to build the pantry.
Here we are a couple of years later with the pantry unfinished and cost over-runs that have brought the cost of the food pantry to over $400,000.
We need some new management to oversee this debacle and perhaps put the brakes on.
If we keep putting the same people in office this white elephant will bankrupt the county.
Let's get a couple of new faces in the mix and perhaps we can re-prioritize our spending, especially on the industrial park.
We also don't need to be giving thousands of dollars to inner-city kids for balls, bats and other sports equipment when that money would be better spent on needful kids right here in this county.
Of course giving a check for thousands of dollars for inner city youth is an auspicious occasion and almost all of our government officials gather at Belterra to pat themselves on the back for their generosity and feast on steak and lobster.
How long has it been since you had steak and lobster?
To the Editor:
As you are reading this, our community is only 10 days away from honoring those who served during the Vietnam Era, 1961 to 1975. The American Legion Auxiliary has worked tirelessly to provide a program that will say "thank you" and "welcome home" to all Vietnam Era veterans. The response from these veterans has been outstanding. They have sent us their military pictures and their information and a book has been printed that each one will receive.
We have a few surprises for them, some solemn moments, but most of all, the high school gym will be full of American flags, people standing, clapping and showing their love and respect for those who have not heard this before.
Even if you did not send in any information, you a re encouraged to come to the program and participate with your fellow comrades. All veterans are asked to be in the cafeteria by 1:00 on November 11th. The program will begin at 2:00, but we want to capture the day with group pictures. There are several sets of brothers who will be in attendance, a husband and wife, classmates, friends, but best of all, your brothers in arms. You will be over 100 strong and it is our hope that you will walk away a little taller from our program.
The entire community is invited to attend and help welcome home soldiers who deserve the same respect we give our soldiers today. You will definitely want to bring your cameras, your families, grandkids and friends. This is a program much like the one in 2004 when we honored our World War II veterans.
All of Switzerland County has stepped up to provide the money and the means to accomplish our dreams and this program will be second to none.
We look forward to seeing everyone at the program on Sunday, November 11th, 2012, at 2 p.m. at the Switzerland County High School Gym. God Bless America and God Bless our Veterans.