Letters to the Editor

Voice of the People - July 31, 2007

Government always wastes our money

Saturday's Herald contains an interesting "To The Contrary" by G. Lee Cory concerning South Carolina's First Steps program to assist 4- and 5-year-olds in preparation for kindergarten. Since so many disadvantaged children have trouble when they enter school, this program seems a worthwhile attempt to help them.

Cory deplores the duplication of effort in the various aspects of this program because two different agencies will administer the same program. He notes that providing two sets of administrative staff wastes taxpayer dollars because the existing staff could handle the whole job with, perhaps, the addition of a few lower-level employees.

Cory overlooks or does not realize one of the main purposes of all government programs: to provide income and jobs to as many people as possible in order to gain support and contributions for the elected politicians. It is quite common at both state and federal levels to have a single program administered by separate staffs in two, six or even 10 departments. That's one reason government programs cost so much.

Arch Wakefield

Tega Cay

Thanks to police and firefighters

I would like to express a heartfelt thank-you to all the firemen and police officers who have assisted the motorcycle community on rides to benefit the community this year. Their help is a blessing, and we cannot thank them enough for their support and kindness.

All of those whose lives have been touched in some way by the benefits of the monies raised at these functions wish to say thank you to them for their time. God bless.

Tessa Phipps

Concord, N.C.