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December 17, 2013

Viewpoint: Why county governments, officials matter

Perhaps the most foreign government to Americans these days is one that is closest to us — that of the county.

Many folks aren’t aware who their local officials are. They may not be aware that here in Madison County we are represented by three county commissioners (the executive of sorts), seven councilpersons (budget), the auditor (budget and taxes), the treasurer (control funds), the assessor (property), the coroner (forensics), the surveyor (land), the recorder (record-keeping), the sheriff and a plethora of smaller township trustees and boards.

This government apparatus — our elected officials — matters. It is likely your councilperson lives within several miles of you. These folks aren’t “bean-counters” or “bureaucrats.” They are your neighbors, relatives, family and friends. They are us. They take a role in public administration because they want to provide for our communities and make sure Madison County is a great place to live. Is there a bad apple in the bunch occasionally? Sure, but this is consistent with every other group in society. That doesn’t mean everyone employed in government is lazy, corrupt or on the public dole. They are people just like you and I.

If you ask the average person what part of the American government owns and maintains over 40 percent of the roadways and spends over $68 billion on health care services the answer might be a questioning shrug. Which unit of government spends a combined $472 billion on law enforcement, education, construction and human services? The United States employs over 3 million people in this unit of government. This unit is the county.

While most of the focus of government centers on Washington, D.C., and national politics, our county offices are working day in and day out. This makes county government more important than our national offices in terms of individual repercussion. Law enforcement, health care, transportation, elections and education are all handled by county government.

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  • Viewpoint: Adding such a robust water resource with Mounds Lake would set us apart I have lived in Madison County most of my life, and for the past 14 years, I served on the Town Council in Pendleton, recently retiring as president. I have watched with great interest the happenings around the proposed Mounds Mall for a few reasons.

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  • Letter: Dr. David and Kay Mares are local treasures Throughout history we have had treasures that were not appreciated until years or centuries after their time. The lost art of Angkor Wat in Cambodia. The terra cotta men of China. Vincent Van Gogh was a failing, starving artist in his time. Now his works are some of the world’s most valued. Madison County has a prize of its own that should be recognized in its time.

    July 24, 2014

  • Letter: Reservoir promotion has circus approach P.T. Barnum is starting his tour to promote the reservoir by going to all the towns surrounding the dream. Rob Sparks is this town's P.T. Barnum.

    July 24, 2014

  • Letter: Repentance is key to surviving times What happens to a nation that refuses to repent before God? What happens to a nation that had strong Christian beginnings, but now more closely resembles Sodom and Gomorrah?

    July 24, 2014

  • Letter: Anderson's annexed areas still lack business On July 10, 2014, at the Anderson City Council meeting, the executor of the estate was shut off from speaking, because she did not live in Adams Township, and the person from Adams Township tried to get up and speak was not allowed to. The council rushed the vote for zoning the land for business.

    July 22, 2014

  • Letter: Birth control, abortion should be woman's choice Why are Republicans so gung-ho on restricting birth control and abortion? That's easy. Republican legislators are so unpopular because they don't legislate and literally block all bills that would help the middle and lower income classes.

    July 22, 2014

  • Bannon, Tom Viewpoint: Paramount is an investment that is paying dividends About 25 years ago the citizens of Anderson made a decision that would have a long lasting impact on the community. Instead of saving the old Paramount Theatre, which had fallen into serious disrepair, it was decided that the easy and prudent decision was to get rid of the building to create additional downtown parking. Shortly after the Paramount came down, the community got rid of another abandoned structure when the old Carnegie Building, which was the former home of the Anderson Public Library, was torn down.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Letter: Wall Street should not be in politics Talk about corruption, ponzi schemes, we're looking at you, Wall Street, controlling the prices of our food, gasoline and clothing we must buy and about every company in America — while trashing President Obama, the Affordable Health Care Plan, along with every Democrat, to influence our elections, at the same time.

    July 17, 2014

  • Letter: 23 Relay for Life teams raised $40,000 As chairs of this year's American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Madison County, we would like to thank everyone for their generosity and support.

    July 17, 2014

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