The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

January 27, 2013

Say ‘No’ to grants


COVINGTON, Ind. — Editor:

I feel certain the residents of Danville would prefer $2.8 million be spent on security in schools than on a 1,000-square-foot bus transfer station.

Yet, the system of “free” grants will ensure Danville will have a new bus stop, courtesy of the Illinois Department of Transportation; and because the DOT spent it, a new $2.8 million will be in their 2014 budget.

Danville can add that nonsense to the $750,000 of nonsense they delightfully received to build an “environmentally friendly” parking lot from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency.

If Danville residents want more protection for their school kids, in all likelihood, their taxes will be increased “because Illinois is broke.”

Danville is not alone. The residents of Terre Haute, Ind., (and similar sized cities) send more than $6.1 million annually to the Federal Department of Energy so they can “delightfully” get an occasional grant; like the $700,000 for new street lights two years ago.

It would be impossible to explain such illogical happenings to even the most intelligent of immigrants, but, heck, Americans just accept it, never complaining to anyone except the guys at the lunch table.

Look, no one likes to get cold waiting on a bus; it has happened to all of us, especially country kids. It is not about that. It’s about localities having control. It’s about priorities. It’s about wasteful government spending of money.

The notion of “free” grants is like an addictive drug. At some point we just need to say, “No!”

Ron Gore

Covington Ind.