Government needs to provide for viable community

Published 9:38 am Friday, October 14, 2011

To the Editor:

We, the citizens of Isle of Wight, have to understand that you get what you pay for.

We either pay for the things like services, schools, roads and infrastructure that our county needs in order to provide a viable community for us, or we accept a second- or third-rate environment to live in.

The Board of Supervisors of Isle of Wight has the huge responsibility of planning the future of this county. I believe the number one purpose for having a Board of Supervisors is the planning for our county’s future.

However, if we don’t care about our future, we should be able to function as follows:

• Vote for a fixed tax rate that can never be changed

• Accept the fact that we don’t need to grow

• Do not complain because our roads are going to fall apart

• Insist that no money be spent on infrastructure

• Inform our children that when our schools fall apart we will tent

• Whine and gripe about not being represented when you are not the majority on a vote issue

With these considerations, we have accomplished the following:

• We don’t need a Board of Supervisors

• We don’t need a county staff

• We don’t need a sheriff’s department

• We don’t need schools and teachers to help our children

• We will never need a water and sewer system

• We don’t want or need new business

• We no longer need to pay taxes.

Personally, I would leave Isle of Wight if the environment as suggested above existed in the county, and I suspect most citizens would also leave.

However, our Board of Supervisors and county staff have been planning for the past 12 years and, because of that planning, Isle of Wight, is a great place to live and will continue to be so if we do not stick our collective heads in a hole.

Edmund Easter