Stop growth of government

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By Staff Brunswick Beacon

To the editor: John Heidtke’s column states the benefits of sheriff’s patrol of the Brunswick County waterways. I don’t question the benefit, but I question whether this is a wise use of personnel and resources considering the current economic situation.

Heidtke implies the patrol may have stopped a series of burglaries that happened two years ago. I ask how many boats and personnel would it take to prevent that type of activity, and where do you think those boats will be at 2 or 3 a.m. when the thieves are on the prowl?

The answer is it would be impossible without a line of patrol boats from S.C. to the Cape Fear.

The only accurate part of his comparison of I-95 to the ICW, as far as crime is concerned, is they run in a north/south direction.

I suggest looking at the police blotter in the Beacon, and you will see where the majority of crime is. Hint: it is not on the water.

Also, healthcare reform is a great idea, but the timing is terrible. An e-mail I received from the White House said: “the President has identified ways to pay for the vast majority of the up-front costs by cutting waste, fraud and abuse within existing government health programs.”

I say go for it Mr. President and implement these cost-saving measures. Once it is proven you can run current healthcare programs in an efficient manner, I think the American people will be behind you.

Until then I don’t think government can run healthcare efficiently…can you say Cash for Clunkers or FEMA etc?