Letters to the Editor
As the federal government prints trillions of dollars in the name of saving jobs, the people struggling to make ends meet watch the value of their dollar drop steadily. Clothing, food, shelter and fuel costs are rising while peoples' ability to earn diminishes or stays the same.
Barry County government is asking the people for a three-16ths of a cent sales tax increase over the existing one-half cent sales tax. That increase will add more than half a million additional dollars to law enforcement coffers. Our leaders in Washington want to raise taxes and spend more. Our county government wants to raise taxes and spend more. We the people expect to live within our means, and it is time to demand that our governments do likewise.
For those of you who rationalize "It's only seven cents per day": for those of you who have adequate income to absorb governments' poor management: look about in your daily travels. See the young families who cannot afford a home because the government has made the expense of building, financing and maintaining a home cost prohibitive. Recognize those around you who cannot afford a new car because government has taxed employers out of the country. Observe the people who are walking, riding bicycles or hitchhiking, because the government has made fuel, tires, insurance, licenses, etc. unaffordable.
When you have seen all this, then imagine those who can't afford to feed and clothe their families or heat their houses, much less afford another "seven cents per day" to finance additional law enforcement spending.
We the people of Missouri, in an attempt to control government spending, approved legislation that prevents politicians from raising taxes without our consent. It doesn't seem like an election year goes by when one of our government entities doesn't need more money. It's always for the safety and good of the people with accompanying threats of "cutting services."
We have reached the turning point in the United States and Barry County. It's time to cut spending and live within responsible budgets. We can have an influence. Increased sales tax hits us where we buy necessities. It hurts the people with incomes under $22,000 the most.
There are 10 or more Missouri counties with lower sales taxes. We should strive to reduce our taxes and compete for excellence through efficiency.
Isn't the Barry County's sales tax already one and a quarter cents on every dollar we spend (1.25%)?
We're writing checks our kids can't afford. No more taxes, it's for our children. Please go to the polls and vote no on Nov. 8, 2011.
Joshua, Karen, Joe and
Saving our local postal service
The Postal Service's plan to close the Springfield Mail Processing Center and move its operations to Kansas City poses a serious threat to prompt, reliable and convenient service for the citizens of our community. The ideal of providing reliable mail service to every American community is enshrined in Article 1 of the United States Constitution, and for more than two centuries the standard has held true. The nation's postal system has provided affordable and dependable service to every city and town -- large or small, rich or poor, urban or rural.
But if USPS executives get their way, the concept of equal mail service could be coming to an end for our community. The Postmaster General wants to send all of our mail in southwest Missouri, from Rolla to Joplin to West Plains, 174 miles away to Kansas City to be processed and then returned for delivery some two to four days after we mailed it. The Springfield Mail Processing Center processes this same mail overnight and delivers the next day.
What does this mean for the citizens of our community? Mail will be collected earlier in the day and will be delivered later, maybe even after dark. We could experience delays of several days in the time it takes to send a receive our mail. Checks and medications may not reach their destination when they are needed, credit ratings could suffer because of late bill payments, and birthday cards and gifts will arrive late.
Southwest Missouri's postal workers have sounded the alarm about the Postmaster General's poorly conceived plan to close the Springfield Mail Processing Center, but to stop the closing, we need more citizens and community leaders to make their voices heard. You can help by submitting your comments and concerns to: District Manager of Consumer and Industry Contact, 300 W. Pershing Rd. Ste. 207, Kansas City, MO 64108-9631.