Reader’s view: Taxpayers are forgotten as politicians spendIn the present day of money shortages in every level of government, what happened to the common-sense people entrusted to spend our resources wisely? They seem to forget that a lot of taxpayers work hard for a living.
By: Larry R. Anderson, Duluth News Tribune
In the present day of money shortages in every level of government, what happened to the common-sense people entrusted to spend our resources wisely? They seem to forget that a lot of taxpayers work hard for a living.
The main university in Minnesota fires a coach after just giving him a huge multi-year contract. We build a new multimillion-dollar stadium for the university’s football team that pays a very large sum of money not to play a team on the schedule because the overpaid coach is looking for an easier-to-beat team.
I watch the University of Minnesota Duluth hockey teams on television, playing before empty seats. I’m told all the so-called fans sit in the bar. The team plays in Alaska and then in Florida; I’m sure the program must be making a lot of money for the school. Why don’t taxpayers ever get to see costs for different programs? It seems like a real expensive welfare program for self-serving people.
The Duluth school system can’t afford art supplies, but an $8,500 greyhound in the middle of the new East High School football stadium field was no problem. It’s hard to forget the snobbish School Board members talking down to people trying to express their displeasure about not having a vote on the Red Plan.
It seems the more money we get taxed the system wastes on luxury items not related to education. I have a hard time voting for more taxes when the overpaid people in charge allow spending for self-serving, non-educational-value items while most of the people paying are hurting.
Larry R. Anderson