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The Covington News - - Opinion - Pa­trick Du­rusau

The re­cent snow-fol­lowed-by-ice storm was un­usual for our area. Wha t wasn’t un­usual was the wall-to-wall news cov­er­age. News cov­er­age no­ticed that the in­ter­states and streets were not be­ing cleared and that cars and large trucks were stuck on icy roads for hours on end. The re­porters did ask elected of­fi­cials and oth­ers why pre­ven­tion and clean-up weren’t faster. And they got the usual litany of re­sponses that it was a lack of equip­ment, lack of funds, un­ex­pected storm sever­ity, etc. What puz­zled me was that the re­porters did not make their way to the homes of the po­lit­i­cal lead­ers, both Demo­cratic and Repub­li­can, to ask them about the lat­est re­sult of their ef­forts to cut taxes in Ge­or­gia. The rea­son our city, lo­cal and state govern­ment agen­cies don’t have the re­sources to met the de­mand for govern­ment ser­vices dur­ing a nat­u­ral dis­as­ter like this one is a lack of re­sources be­fore it hap­pens. That lack of re­sources is a di­rect re­sult of the “let’s con­trol the size of govern­ment” folks in both po­lit­i­cal par­ties, the ones who keep promis­ing you lower taxes. What they for­get to men­tion is that means a govern­ment that can’t re­spond dur­ing emer­gen­cies, can’t keep roads open, can’t main­tain schools and li­braries, etc. Maybe you should re­mem­ber that when the next elec­tion rolls around, when both Democrats and Repub­li­cans start talk­ing about keep­ing taxes low. What they mean is you won’t have the govern­ment you need dur­ing an emer­gency. Bet­ter yet, dur­ing the next nat­u­ral dis­as­ter, when the news re­porters show up be­fore govern­ment as­sis­tance ar­rives, you can of­fer your opin­ion about lower taxes and fewer govern­ment ser­vices. Pa­trick Du­rusau is a Cov­ing­ton res­i­dent. His col­umns ap­pear reg­u­larly on Fri­days.

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