A homeowner in Waukesha for 20 years, Steve is president of the Waukesha Dog Parks Organization and enjoys motorcycling, fishing and staying on top of politics.
Recently I had a fellow dog park user approach me. They wanted to differ in opinion on some of my views, particularly the Public Library System. For review, I have taken the position that the Library is an institution that should be examined as to it's place in this age of the Internet Information Highway. I would support it if it were self supporting. But the person's main argument is that it is free and that they can save the cost of a computer by using the ones at the Library. Hmm. Yes, their taxes are contributing to them. But so is mine and I never use them. I also have numerous books that I have paid for. These but a few of my arguements why The Library is an expense that can be reduced.
We parted with the cliché' of agreeing to disagree. I do wish that their comments would have been posted here as a reply. I really do encourage thoughtful opinions, especially if a real name is attached to it. I won't harass differing opinions or vandalize your house. I will say that I have received anonymous letters that have, shall I say, colorful reactions.
The topic does relate to the seeming dead rail between Milwaukee and Madison and public transportation in general. As with the Library, I'm all for them, if they are self sustaining. I don't see the "fairness", a term liberals toss around when there is nothing else to support their position, in making people pay for something that they don't use or substantially benefit from. For example, my neighbor has no car. Doesn't drive. Yet they are often picked up by a family member and taken somewhere. So their property taxes for the roads is a fair sharing of the common welfare.
In over twenty five years here, I've used the bus once, out of curiosity, to go pick up my car from a repair shop. A distance that I could have walked. Waukesha tax payers footed much of the cost of my ride. That shouldn't be. It isn't fair. But if it is, then I want some tax money to help pay toward the gasoline, maintenance and depreciation of my car.
It's the fair thing to do.