Wasting our tax money

Published: Saturday, July 1, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, July 1, 2006 at 12:00 a.m.
The inability of those who can't versus those whom have the ability and won't - the latter is what drives the hard working taxpayers of Gainesville and Alachua County crazy.
The commissions find it easy to throw upwards of a $500,000 towards a one-stop facility for the homeless. How long will it take before the commissions determine the initial cost will not be sufficient and throw more money at the problem?
There are programs available for those that can't and those that find ways of working the system so they don't have to work. The commissions fail to understand the human nature of those who won't. Look at the FEMA program from Hurricane Katrina - over a $1 billion wasted from those who worked the system and bilked the federal government.
I find it is easier to make excuses for problems that I have but in the end I have to resolve them. The commissions are making it easier for those who won't.
Why don't the commissions look at cities, (Dallas, Texas, etc.), that have made it a crime to panhandle within the city limits? Instead of making excuses for those who won't, it is time the commissions start listening to those who do and are tired of seeing our tax monies being wasted.
I encourage everyone to read the plan for eliminating homelessness in Alachua County and Gainesville from the city Web site and evaluate it with the CHOICES program from the county Web site. What do you have to lose, it's only our tax money being spent.

Terry Martin-Back,


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