Mt. Vernon Register-News

Opinion

December 31, 2013

Try it, you might like it

The rules below were sent to me by Jack Lohman, who I consider a hero in the battle for efficient, responsible government, and most of all honest and beholden to the people they are elected to serve.

Rule 1: Remove all politicians from the money stream! Make sure they do NOT get a piece of the action...then watch things happen!

Rule 2: Ignore the promises. If you are happy with our nation’s/state/county/city direction, vote for incumbents that caused it. Otherwise, vote for the challengers whose vote hasn’t been bought!

I also suggest the local government entities take a lesson from the private industry. In fact, local government officials have to look no further than the local tire plant located in our community. Engaged in a very competitive global market in the past, they did not have the option to raise taxes or increase prices during those times. Instead, they were constantly under pressure to maintain excellent quality while reducing cost.

Without those efforts, I do not think you would have a plant here today employing almost 3,000 folks. With cooperation between management and an excellent group of folks who suggested many cost savings measures, the plant remains competitive to this day. Eleven thousand suggestions that put over $20 million extra bucks in their pockets for the STAR program over the3 years and saved the plant millions is not too shabby. This helped in their survival efforts to remain competitive while over 35 tire plants in the United States closed forever, including large sister plants with thousands of employees owned by Continental in Kentucky and North Carolina.

If Arnold Horshack, a “sweathog” from the sitcom, Welcome Back Kotter, who would proclaim from the window that “we are fed up and not taking it any more” were among us today, he would most likely say he is “fed up with this, and he wasn’t going to take this anymore.” Then he would probably add, “Find other ways to solve problems instead of raising taxes.”

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