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PERSONAL OPINION: Jon Halsey comments on City Pool Issue

Speaking from municipally debt-free Knifley, KY, he warns Columbia City fathers and Adair County Magistrates that limitations not seen in "Foggy Bottom," prevail here. "We cannot print money. And there is a finite limit as to how far the contents of our billfold will stretch," Mr. Halsey says, positing Flowers-Hayek economics vs. Dr. Ronald P./Roosevelt/Keynesian philosophy for the City of Columbia, the County of Adair. -EW

By Jon Halsey
Personal Commentary

A sitting President famously (or infamously, depending on your persuasion) said: "Elections have consequences." Just so, the actions of local Boards, elected and unelected also have consequences. Unfortunately, past actions have put us in the unenviable situation of having to place much of our community's desires and progress on hold while we try to dig our way out of the financial messes we find ourselves in.

Adair County and the City of Columbia do not have the luxury that the denizens of "Foggy Bottom" seem to be exercising on a daily basis. We cannot print money and there is a finite limit as to how far the contents of our billfold will stretch.

Yes, taxes can be raised and I'm sure they will be but just saying that the citizens will pay doesn't make it so. If you charge me $6 and I only have $5, you ain't gonna get $6 - no way, no how.

And that's the precarious situation we now find ourselves in. I realize the various Taxing Boards and the County Magistrates don't believe it; but again that don't make it so.

We are out money, folks. Time to make do with what we have until we can get some of this debt paid off. Sure it hurts but the alternative won't be just pain.

-John Halsey
Knifley, KY

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