Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Run North Country schools like a business... and police and prisons too!

"When I give food to the poor, I'm called a saint. When I ask why they are poor, I'm called a communist." -Archbishop Dom Helder Camara.

At North Country Public Radio's In Box blog, reporter Brian Mann wonders if we are 'cutting our North Country schools to death?'

Predictably, it provoked comments of relief that schools are finally being run like businesses. A bit of a dubious claim, since schools are being suffocated by unfunded mandates from Albany and Washington far greater than businesses... to say nothing of the fact that the right to a public education is enumerated in the state constitution.

But while the idea that public services should be run identically to businesses strikes some as absurd, but I say let’s expand it beyond schools!

 If a sheriff’s department is short of cash, let them give out more tickets; I’m sure there’s some rarely enforced statute about covering your mouth when you sneeze that could bring in more revenue.

 If the corrections [sic] service has trouble meeting payroll, just release some prisoners. That’ll help them live within their means. Maybe police and fire departments should close at 5:00 or 9:00 pm, just like a regular business.

If you get robbed or your house burns down overnight, oh well just call in the morning. Maybe these men and women in uniform don’t need the 'luxury' of health care. That’d slash expenses significantly.

Maybe EMTs should make you pre-pay before splinting your broken leg, just like gas stations make you pre-pay.

Public services run exactly like businesses? Great idea! I’m sure you folks can come up with some more such innovations.

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