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Writer unhappy with council's decision

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By The Staff

I am shocked to see that Lancaster County Council voted to spend $75,000 of Lancaster’s money to subsidize a private venture failure. Is councilman Wayne Kersey the only councilman to be concerned with fiduciary responsibility?

Would the air show have donated $75,000 to Lancaster County if there had been that much more made on the venture than was anticipated? I doubt it.

If you are an entrepreneur, you play at your own risk. You win some and you lose some. I wish the county had subsidized some of my less fortunate ventures. What a sweet deal.

A successful venture pays for itself.

Council also has disappointed me on two other issues:

1. Lack of fortitude to pass a stringent dangerous animal ordinance. Two incidents have happened since this was last deliberated. You cannot please everybody. A dangerous animal is no different than a knife-wielding thug or a drunk driver. Treat accordingly. People have to be responsible for their actions. To argue that pit bulls are sweethearts is ridiculous. How many children’s faces have to be mangled before we step up?

2. Subsidizing private ventures. To be fair, council has done an outstanding job on a multitude of issues – especially in handling growth in the northern part of the county and with aggressive forward thinking on purchases of important county facilities. It’s about time for Lancaster County to be forward-thinking.

I also appreciate the city of Lancaster putting up a replica of the Springs tower clock. It is a symbol of our past. But I don’t think it is a good idea to place it on the triangle at Chesterfield and Main. It will only be under-appreciated and vandalized there.

Why not a prominent location like the clover leaf area at S.C. 9 and U.S. 521, just north of Pappa John’s Pizza? It is a prominent area, already landscaped and can be seen by people coming into town.

Thomas Carothers Jr.

Lancaster