Traverse City Record-Eagle

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July 3, 2012

Letters to the Editor: 07/03/2012

Spend less, tax less

I keep reading and hearing that those who legislate in Lansing are still having a difficult time balancing the state's budget each year, like they're required by law to do. They claim a shortfall in revenue is to blame. That's only one reason.

I recently learned that one of our taxpayer-funded organizations in Cadillac plans an expensive trip to Mackinac Island in August.

The trip includes chartering at least one big bus, ferry service to and from the island, and a nice buffet meal for all. The staff and clients are eagerly looking forward to it. Why not? A nice getaway at someone else's expense.

There are a lot of people in our area who have to stay closer to home for their summer fun.

Some can't afford to go anywhere. I hope hard-working taxpayers speak up soon and let the public servants know how they feel.

Most taxpayers I know simply can't afford these perks and expensive excursions anymore. If our elected officials get enough letters and phone calls, they just might get it.

Spending less becomes taxing less. I'm sure I read that somewhere ...

Saving for a rainy day is a concept they all need to grasp.

David D. Forsgren

Cadillac

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