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State park Debate

March 17, 2010 - Shawn Paulus

State Sen.Catharine Young, many elected and appointed officials along with residents of this area are planning and going to rallies to save our parks slated to be closed by our governor. Young has stated that closing Long Point State Park is ONLY going to save the state $43,000 and that isn’t a lot in a multi-billion dollar budget.

 

I have a couple of thoughts. What is the dollar amount that the park brings into the county or state? If the state is losing money on it, then it must be closed. In the private sector when a business loses money, doesn’t it normally shut its doors? The county is worried about the fishing tournaments that are booked to launch from the park? Guess what? There is another park with a FREE launch just across the lake, Prendergast.

 

If the state and county want to keep the park open here is a couple of ideas to keep it open and not cost too much. If the park still wants to charge in the summer for its use, then have someone who accepts “public assistance” and is not working and is able to work do the job. Make them work at the park 20 hours a week for their “public assistance.” Need the park cleaned and maintained? Bring our prisoners from the Shock facility in Brocton or the “Mayville Hotel” to pick up the sticks, debris and clean the restrooms.

 

One last thing. I listen and read Ms. Young saying we have to cut, cut, and cut to help this runway state deficit. I have yet to hear or read any idea from her on what to cut. When the governor or anyone else comes up with an idea or proposal to cut she yells “NO” we can’t cut this or that it will hurt our region.

 

Well please come up with something to help slow this runaway train we call state spending.  

 
 

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