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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

In the "Even a small step is a good step" Department...

...we have the borough of Dunmore canceling a summer youth program. Article link HERE.

Now before I get labeled a bitter middle-aged man (better that than a bitter "old" man I suppose), I want to note that I have nothing against summer youth programs in concept. What I am opposed to is spending money that simply doesn't exist. Yes, 125 kids will now not benefit from a few hours of structured activity per day, but the simple-but dirty little fact is that Dunmore doesn't have the resources to pay to pay its employees and the light bill, let alone run a summer program. $25,000 isn't going to break the bank, but the road to fiscal hell is paved with small payments.

This is one small step for Dunmore, but maybe...just giant leap towards eventual fiscal sanity. Good job Dunmore council. Get your sea-legs by making a few of these small but difficult decisions, then get ready for the big one: you simply can't afford your paid fire department.

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