Richland residents recently received the Water Quality Report for 2011 with their utility bill. It brings to mind all the services we, as citizens, receive. We have the benefit of clean water, reliable electricity, a high degree of public safety and many other benefits of government.
It is common, particularly in an election year, to hear and read complaints of high taxes and big government. Certainly the public has a right and obligation to hold agencies and officials to high standards, but please remember all that we receive for the taxes and fees we pay.
A recent letter to the editor suggested an across-the-board 10 percent cut in services. Does this mean the acceptance of a 10 percent reduction in our drinking water quality? A 10 percent rise in the crime rate? There is no free lunch, folks. If we want the benefits of American life, we all have to pay for it.
GARY MILLER, Richland