Kids in a Candy Store

Here is a letter I recently sent to the Midland Daily News:

Dana Saxton is troubled by Granholm’s proposal to slash the agricultural extension program (Support Extension, November 12).  She lists several benefits, and concludes by stating: “We need to act now! If we don’t act, we will regret it for a long time… Don’t let this happen!  Support MSU and 4-H. Contact your government representatives now!”

Amongst the lofty benefits of the program, Dana fails to make even a single mention of the costs.  Lacking any idea of its cost, she then urges her readers to contact their representatives in support of the program.  This is akin to entrusting a child with his parent’s credit card at the local candy store.

Kurt Bouwhuis


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