The clouds of government
To the Editor:
The challenges to the people of Dixfield continue to rapidly mount, the increasing costs of living seem endless, chomping away at earnings that seem never to keep pace and for too many, earnings that are declining and without the certainty they will be there tomorrow.
As Freemont and I visit our neighbors, distributing information about wind turbines, we are always amazed at the welcomes we receive. Whether they are for or against them, they all are grateful someone has approached them to listen. And, more often than not, the discussions turn to today’s political atmosphere and it’s overcastting effects. And, with the same sense that one can do nothing about the weather, one senses that nothing can be done to clear away the overcasting clouds of government.
The charm of politics has considerable appeal, drawing some into the public forum. The power to establish one’s will over many is often self-gratifying and self-feeding, especially when the many, the people, are so busy trying to keep up with their daily obligations, this power is hardly ever seen by them.
Beyond the charm is a responsibility and a necessity to humble oneself to the people. They are who you work for. The skills, talents and wishes of the people of your community are your assets. Reach out and utilize this asset.
Too many times, solutions are sought with association to extended government. There once was a time, the Town of Dixfield was able to work, play and live within its own resources. Where and when does it end?
Government, an animal that must be fed by the people, is growing out of control. The device of greed has permeated and dictated a lot of current government policy. The animal must be fed. The end justifies the means. Be ever vigilant to what may appear to be a windfall and an offer too good to refuse.
The statement you just read was delivered orally to the Dixfield select few, June 2010, before policy to eliminate public comment was instituted by the chairman.
Tidbits from the latest select few meeting of August 8, 2011:
Dixfield property tax rates are going up by an incredible 7 percent. The beast of local government continues to grow even as the overall economy shrinks.
Can’t pay your Dixfield municipal sewer bill, the beast will take your property.
A citizen request for basic information pertaining to the operation of the fire department was met with arrogance and outright contempt.
Mike Rogers, from the state government, will be in Dixfield on August 23 to explain the manipulations that take place with TIFs, (tax increment financing). If you know little about your local government mentality, this is your chance to find out for yourself.