February 23, 2012 | Vol. 42 No. 7

Borough should stick to basic services

Watching and listening to the many borough meetings that I attend and video record, it has become obvious that the borough government needs to get out of private enterprise.

We have good, dedicated people in our government and some with good business backgrounds. Yet, when the government in good faith tries to run what should be private business, it does not work. It’s the government process itself that makes what should be money-makers, money losers. Our local government needs to return to what government is for. That is to provide needed services that the residents can’t provide for themselves. These include roads, water, sewer and police. There are some very public enterprises that the government can be partners with but not operate. These include the museum and library and electric power. Beyond that, what looks like a service becomes a drag on the economy. Private enterprise will pick up and operate other needed services. The government needs to stay out of the way of business.