Journal Express, Knoxville, IA


April 13, 2012

In the House of Wood

You're not stupid

Knoxville —  

I don't think you're too stupid to be able to make your own decisions. Nor did America's founders. It just seems today that we are all in the minority.

This week, I spent entirely too much time with the Board of Supervisors. That's nothing against them and the issues they discussed were necessary to discuss. However, it was during these meetings that I heard the term “regionalization” many times. This concerns me. 

The locals are not smart enough to be able to administer services to the people of their county on their own, it seems some at the state level believe, so everything needs to be collected from the counties and redistributed to the people of those counties as this new and improved think tank sees fit. 

Granted, there are probably counties in which this is true. They either do not have the resources or ability to elect competent people to lead and have created financial hardships for themselves or their residents. They need bailed out by more successful, financially prudent counties, such as Marion.

But that's not socialism. That's “being a good neighbor.” The problem is that when you do that, the successful counties suffer. Instead of bringing the others up, I think it is more likely that you will bring the better counties down to a subpar level of mediocrity. It will fail. 

The sad part is that this will not be a decision made by Boards of Supervisors, or even better, we the people. Those decisions will be made for us at the state or even the federal level, because, after all, if you don't hold an elected office or appointed position at those levels, you're an idiot (in their eyes). According to them, you're not capable of taking care of yourself or charting a course for your county, though you live there and know your neighbors. 

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