Reader opposed Box Elder's grant to BRAG program

Jan 11 2013 - 4:20pm


Correcting my last month's letter to the editor, Dec. 19, "Reduce size, cost of government,"  Auditor Tom Kotter provided a copy of Tooele's budget and its budget is $52 million instead of the $23 million as was reported by a TV news report. Lesson learned, don't quote a TV news report.

Citizens requested a more appropriate time for the county commission public meeting last year, but Commissioner LuAnn Adams denied the request. Hopefully, this year the request will be approved. Most citizens are getting off work at 5:00 p.m. and that is when the public meeting starts.

I expressed a concern as to why the county commission's public agenda meetings haven't been posted in the Box Elder News and Journal. I had been told that it is required to post the meeting and agenda, then just recently I was told that it is not required. Hopefully, the posting will continue so that the public will know what is going on in our local government.

I opposed the $100,000 that was granted to the BRAG program which is the low income housing project. This is socialism. Howard W. Hunter stated, "The government will take from the 'haves' and give to the 'have nots,' both have lost their freedoms. Those who 'have,' lost their freedom to give voluntarily of their own free will and in the way they desire. Those who 'have not,' lost their freedom because they did not earn what they received. They got 'something for nothing,' and they neither appreciate the gift nor the giver of the gift."

Frederick Bastiat reminded us, that "nothing can enter the public treasury for the benefit of one citizen or one class unless other citizens and other classes have been 'forced' to send it in." ("The Law"). How can God judge us on being charitable if we are being "forced?"

Please help restore our local government back to its limited and proper role. Also, working for the government sector are public service positions and the salaries of the employees should reflect that instead of these high wages that are being given off the backs of the private citizen.

DeAnna Hardy

Brigham City

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