Our elected representatives need to look beyond interest groups and remember they also represent those of us who pay the bills. That goes for Washington, states, counties, cities, and yes, school boards.
Please solve your deficit problems by cutting services, programs and people. You aren't exempt. Corporations, individuals and families move quickly, or they won't survive. Politicians move at glacial speed and simply beg for more revenue. Shameful.
Were Beaufort County school board members surprised that proposing to close an underutilized school would bring the parents of those children to a board meeting? Do we need to remind politicians who are begging for more money that they also represent the payers.
How quickly they spent revenue when property appreciated in value. But that wasn't enough. They raised property taxes at the same time. That's on top of taxing commercial and non-owner occupied homes 50 percent more.
Those higher property taxes are a contributing factor in the continuing decline of real estate values, vacant storefronts, bankruptcies and unemployment. Redistribution creates no wealth; it destroys wealth.
We all want our children to be safe and have educational opportunities. We all want the hungry fed. We all want good roads. We all want a strong military. Most of all we all want intelligent solutions that do not require higher taxes. The basics requires less money not more. Leadership requires hard decisions.
Bob Gregory Hilton Head Island