The socialist dilemma
I read, with mild interest, that the city council has voted to temporarily suspend financial support to the local airport for various reasons.
I do not question that decision.
I do, however, question the wisdom of the city of Brainerd contributing more than 20 percent of the airport’s total operating budget. The folks who primarily benefit from the airport are business people in Baxter, the local resorts, and the race track.
I sincerely doubt if the Brainerd businesses benefit from having an airport. Very few people fly in for a drink at a downtown watering hole or to peruse the mercahndise at one of the dollar stores.
I would like to take a moment to say a heart felt “thank you” to the parents that served the potluck banquet at Thief River Falls vs. Brainerd Girls JV and varsity hockey game on Friday Dec. 16. What a wonder feast and spread of food (everything from tossed salad, fruits, soups, pulled pork, picnic salads, chips, yogurts, desert bars, and beverages of all types)! This was a meal fit for royalty and royalty is how were treated! Not only was this meal offered to our hockey players, but was offered to all the parents. What a wonderful break from fast food restraunts, pizza, or your typical concession food when you are so far from home. I also need to stress the hospitality that was felt by one and all. Parents greeting us with smiles, coming out to socialize with us and make us feel very welcomed in you facility and community. This was a gesture that may have pulled sales from your concessions but you let it be known that it was you were happy offer.
When we asked if we could give free will donations the offers were refused with comments “It is our pleasure!” May I sum your hospitality up in one phrase... ”We definitely know where one of the roots of “Minnesota Nice” can be found. We will always remember you for your above and beyond kind gesture. Thank you Brainerd ... may we look at you as one of our extended Minnesota hockey families!
Thief River Falls
Once you get a government job you can’t be fired except for “cause”. In effect, your job is an “estate” that can’t be touched except for a change in the law you work under, or if there is a lack of general funding. This, in effect, gives you the ability to find out how little work you can do and still be within the “norm”. It also lets you find out how pleasant you can make the job and still be within allowable limits. To stay secure, the quality of your work only has to be average. Coffee breaks are stretched and you don’t combine break-time with sanitary time-out’s. Vacations, sick leave, holidays, and personal days off are liberal. The retirement plan is attractive. Your supervisor has very limited control, and also knows what you know, so: “What’s the sweat?” Socialism, the world over, has not been able to surmount these basic causes of inefficiency. It is the reason that even so called “communist” countries have been turning to private enterprise to get things done. Both China and Russia are allowing private companies to flourish because they have found that, for quality and quantity of production, nothing beats private enterprise. There is nothing intrinsically wrong with the concept of socialism if the problems of inefficiency could be solved. If you don’t like corporations and private enterprise, take a crack at solving this dilemma.