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I have read two articles in recent issues of the Union Tribune, reporting that Lemon Grove is about to receive $300,000 of Federal Aid to repair streets. I almost fell out of my chair. Silly me - I thought that street repair was a local responsibility. I wonder if the good citizens of Lemon Grove think it is really the responsibility of citizens in La Mesa and Iowa and North Carolina to pay to pave Lemon Grove streets. Maybe they think the "free" money is part of the Four Billion dollars of daily deficit spending our Federal Government indulges in. Newsflash: The deficit is borrowed money and someone must pay it back, someday. As long as the Feds step in to take the financial pressure off, our City and State legislators won't start to behave like financially responsible adults.
Lemon Grove City pensions are much more generous than pensions provided to those who work in the private sector, and who pay most of the taxes that support those pensions. As a result, their cost to taxpayers is enormous. City employees don't even pay the relatively small "employee portion" of that cost.
Taxpayers are made to pay that too! Were the City Council to grow some backbone and reduce pension costs to a reasonable and fair amount, Lemon Grove would likely be able to afford to repair their own streets. Instead, with the Feds acting as enablers, our legislators in Lemon Grove, continue to spend other people's money instead of doing their jobs. (They certainly aren't the only ones in our State indulging in this practice.)
All of us, but especially those who have benefited so much from the opportunity we have enjoyed in this country, need to demand that those we elect to represent us manage our tax dollars in a more responsible way. As things stand now, they continue to make decisions that will burden our children and grand children mercilessly. We can and must do better than that.