I am an economist by education, vocation and avocation. As such I read with great interest the fiscal problems of our county that Treasurer Dan Crowell has laid out and also the blackmail threat by county Clerk Kathy Sinnott-Gardner, as well as the pleas to “Save the Manor.” (My wife is in rehab there.)
The simple solution, of course, is to raise taxes. Perhaps I should say that the simpleton’s solution is to raise taxes.
As to the Manor, I have written to Dr. William Streck to consider acquiring the Manor into the Bassett Healthcare system, recognizing that Bassett does not want to absorb a $3 million (and counting) deficit.
I also note the heart-rending opposition to drilling, pipelines, windmills, etc., by the Chicken Little environmentalists who predict dire consequences. These “not in my back yard” activists are the same people who expect heat and electricity in their homes, fuel in their cars and boats, and the Manor to operate at a deficit.
As an economist, I am a pro-growth advocate, and yes, a conservationist. What our county and our state desperately need are jobs, taxes and energy. None of those is provided by the “NIMBY” crowd. There are no easy solutions.
William W. Dornburgh