Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

Letters to the Editor

August 22, 2013

With current spending, city is unsustainable

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I'm wondering if the real issue is increasing the city budget or assuring that the community continues to be sustainable. Citizens and community leaders everywhere should realize that both our public and private sector economic systems have become unsustainable. They will not survive without external and outside assistance (Like grants from a bankrupt federal government. How long do you think that's going to last?) Most people don't realize what this means.

Here's an example, according to US Department of Agriculture statistics, Decatur County spends approximately $150,000 every day bringing in food from all over the world just to feed the population. Where does that money come from? ... or the money for energy, consumer goods, automobiles, education, utilities, and other needs. In total, this amounts to about half a million bucks a day or about $180 million annually just to get by, not make progress, improve the quality of life, or provide adequately for posterity.

When more money leaks out than comes in, the community is unsustainable. Moving a little tax money around here and there won't add to the long term livelihood of Greensburg. City leaders might consider taking on the greater challenge of moving toward a sustainable community where individuals and organizations don't have to be persecuted in public forums for taking advantage of privileges allowed by law.

Mark Keillor

Former resident, constant observer

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