- Rockford visitor spending jumps
- The misguided Cecil the lion debate
- State, union extend contract again
- Willow Creek left in the dust by development
- CUB helps residents find best deal
- What the Scott Walker fundraising controversy means for 2016
- Corn prices fade as supplies stay in surplus
- Cubs make history in an unfortunate way
- Pension battle headed for SCOTUS?
- Closed for Progress: downtown’s steady revival
Are taxpayer dollars the answer?
In response to Guest Column: “Hope for Illinois state parks and great outdoors?” By Jack Darin, Director, Sierra Club, Illinois Chapter (May 30-June 5, 2012)
Why does the Illinois government have to solve all of the state’s problems with taxpayer dollars?
Many clubs (don’t know about Sierra) have offered to help the state parks in the past. Because of “clubs” like yours, the great EPA and the state union workers, nothing ever gets done.
Do you know why? Because the state unions will not let non-union workers help, even if it’s free labor.
That is one of the many problems this state has. The union workers won’t agree to let people do their “work.” It’s another way the state cuts off its nose to spite its face.
You, Mr. Darin, and all your liberal friends, think the only way to get anything done is spend the taxpayers’ dollars. How much money does the Sierra Club take in a year? How much money and time does the “Club” want to donate to get the ball rolling?
We, the taxpaying people of Illinois, would love to help bring Illinois back to its greatness. After all, almost half of the people don’t have jobs (thanks to unions) and need something to do.
James C. Davis
From the June 20-26, 2012, issue