- Police: Cape man kidnapped woman, then raped, assaulted her (06/30/16)7
- Many Jackson students may face random drug-testing (06/26/16)30
- Jackson man accused of felony assault after attack at Cape bar (06/26/16)7
- Four men accused of roles in three robberies (06/29/16)3
- Coroner asks for grand jury in Poplar Bluff fatal hit-and-run case (06/28/16)1
- Southeast president to get his U.S. citizenship July 4 (06/30/16)32
- Cape murderer still will serve 2 life sentences; appeals court forced reduced charge (06/30/16)
- Cape detective who helped solve Krajcir case is retiring (06/28/16)8
- Officials: Ash borer less of a problem here than in St. Louis (06/27/16)
- Business notebook: Melting Co. adds to Cape's food-truck fleet (06/27/16)
Eliminate government waste
I first learned about government budgeting while flying B-52s back in the 1980s. Military vets know the significance of Sept. 30, the last day of the federal fiscal year.
As that date approached, our crew was completing a mission too long to conduct additional training like practicing approaches back at base. Asking for permission to land early, the CP responded that the wing commander directed us to fly out our time so he could meet the annual flying hour budget. We sat in holding over the base for 45 minutes, burning about 3,000 gallons of JP-4, just to make the numbers work.
It is a common perception in government culture that if you don't spend your budget, it will be reduced next year. This wastefulness should not be tolerated or encouraged. Texas congressman Ron Paul set the example this year. His congressional staff came in $100,000 under budget.
LARRY BILL, 2543 Prairie View Trail, Jackson, MO 63755