Has the county commission lost their ever loving mind? Today's paper reported that the Jefferson County Commission elected to support an event being hosted by the goofy Eagle Forum. They can cut our arts fund, support for the BJCC, continue to fail us by not finding appropriate solutions to our transit issues, but they can find $15,000 to fund a idealogically partisan event to discuss issues like global warming and education. Give me a break. This stinks, and stink big time. We all know that politics are partisan but tax payer dollars should not be used to attempt to "educate" the public in such a partisan manner. Where is the other side being represented in this event. This is publicly funded propoganda and quite frankly a little scary.
Below is the body of the letter I sent to the editor of the Birmingham News. If you read this and find this equally as troubling I hope you will contact the commissioners involved and express your disgust as well.
It was with much dismay and concern that I read in the Birmingham News on Wednesday, January 9th that 4 of the 5 Jefferson County Commissioners voted to provide $15,000 of funding to support a forum by the ultra conservative Eagle Forum. It should not matter whether one agrees or disagrees with the ideas espoused by this group on an individual level, but it should bother every citizen that the County is willing to spend tax payer dollars to fund ideological propaganda. By their own admission, the Eagle Forum exists to promote conservative politics.
According the County commissions own website, the responsibilities of the commission are as follows:
• Administer the County's finances
• Serve as custodians of all of the County's property
• Collect taxes as set by state law
• Allocate resources for the construction of buildings, roads and other public facilities
• Provide for the delivery of services that by law are the County's responsibility (such as sewer service and law enforcement)
• Make appointments to various governmental boards and agencies
There is no place in that list of responsibilities that would justify this expense. Even the president of the Alabama chapter of the Eagle Forum expressed surprise that a governmental agency would offer funding. Considering the Eagle Forum’s stated support for self-government, I call on them to decline public funds as being contradictory to their own stated mission. Additionally, I encourage every citizen to contact the Commissioners Collins, Humphryes, Bowman and Carns and tell them to get to work on their serving all of the county’s citizens and stop the political indoctrination.