Stick to the facts

Published 9:43am Wednesday, June 19, 2013

To the editor:

“The Great Recession” – Ray Gasperson, TDB, May 28th

“The Great Recession” – Renee McDermott, TDB, May 28

“The Great Recession” – Mary Parker, TDB, May 30

“Voodoo Budget Work” – Renee McDermott, TDB, May 28

“There’s Voodoo Budgeting afoot…” – Mary Parker, TDB May 30

Mary Parker ended her letter with a question: “Are we seeing a pattern Yet?”

Ms. Parker, I think we are seeing a pattern!

It looks as though these people are agitated about the budgeting process. Why do they use the same words? Have they banded together to create a strategy of disruption?

Perhaps the taxpayers should authorize the board of commissioners to fund the cost for the purchase of a Thesaurus for these folks.

Now that the silliness is out of the way, let’s address some substance from these same TDB issues.

Let’s begin with Ms. McDermott’s letter to the editor because it is the easiest to demonstrate the absurdity of all of this.

Ms. McDermott seems to think that the only reason the majority on the Board of Commissioners (BOC) voted to give taxpayers a refund (aka, tax cut) is so that they could have “bragging rights” during the next election campaign cycle saying “we cut your taxes”. Well, if Ms. McDermott (or anyone else that believes this nonsense) would just have taken the time to look up back issues in the TDB, she would have found that in the June 20, 2007 issue (on page 6) there was an article about the Polk County BOC FY 2007-2008 budget.

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