Letters to the editor

Some integrity Is there really any oversight being done in the Highlands County government and its bureaucratic committees? I donít think so. The TDC has 14 people overseeing the process and it appears none of them knew for years how much money was being spent on designated areas by the voting public. The state intervened and the audit proved it to be correct, no one knew. Really great accounting and they got top pay also. Now they want to just change everything to make it appear they are OK. The Kenilworth storage building purchased by the county went unused for almost four years before someone let them know it was just a shell of a building. One commissioner was quoted that they were advised the building ready to use. I believe it was a cover up for paying way too much for the building. But still there was no oversight on it being used as it was purchased for. The asphalt plant that was supposed to pay for itself, plus even make the county a profit certainly appeared to have little or no oversight. They had to borrow money because the methane gas was not able to be used. That was kept quiet for some time, until the cost became out of control.
Fuel was being stolen or just plain missing because the key security was so lax, it was discovered the locks were not even locked. Seems that no one knew just who had keys and who did not. People were taking long lunch breaks and reporting standard times on the pay sheet. Certain ones working on others vehicles on county property and time and getting overtime to do the county work they were supposed to do. Well, the papers will not allow any more samples in this letter. To the person who sent me the anonymous letter wondering what my motive was and stating I should leave the county, well my motive to get some integrity in the decision making. Contact me at claggwe@comcast.net. William E. Clagg Lake Placid Dividing wealth The Democrats took both the House of Representatives and the Senate at the very start of the 110th Congress, Jan. 3, 2007, yet for the first four years of Obamaís administration everything was all George Bush's fault. The day he took office, the Dow Jones closed at 12,621.77; the GDP for the previous quarter was 3.5 percent; and the unemployment rate was 4.6 percent. George Bush's economic policies set a record of 52 straight months of job growth. Jan. 3, 2007 was the day that Barney Frank took over the House Financial Services Committee and Chris Dodd took over the Senate Banking Committee. The economic meltdown that happened 15 months later was in the banking and financial services. Bush asked Congress 17 times to stop Fannie and Freddie, starting in 2001 because it was financially risky for the U.S. economy. But Barney Frank assured Bush it was under control. Furthermore, the Democrats controlled the budget process for 2008 and 2009, as well as 2010 and 2011. Budgets do not come from the White House. They come from Congress and the party that controlled Congress since January 2007 is the Democrat Party. Now the Democrats finally, after over four years, passed a budget with more spending. You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity, by legislating the wealth out of prosperity. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that is the beginning of the end of any nation. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it. Sebring