To the editor:
When talking about the service sector, I am talking about civil servants, school personnel and a majority of jobs that do not produce anything. They get their income from people who are working in producing jobs, such as coal, timber, farming, manufacturing, oil and gas.
Looking back in history you can see that the Ohio Valley was blessed with the means to provide for the service sector - industries such as the steel mills, coal mines and pottery brought people here, which brought the railroads, trucking and water transportation. The wages paid by these companies to employees provided numerous families with food, shelter and clothing. Companies that built in communities spent large sums of money in building, labor, utilities, maintenance and taxes.
One example of a civil service sector job is the public school. According to Lou Dobbs in a report done in 2012, school personnel have increased by half during the past 40 years, but the student enrollment has decreased by 8.5 percent. The local district funds 44 percent, while the state funds 46 percent and the federal government funds 10 percent, for a total of 100 percent. In recent speeches, President Barack Obama wants to increase spending on education - he said we are not doing enough for the children. Taxpayers are paying 100 percent - that is enough.
If you look at the federal government, the sky is the limit. Why, Congress just recently passed a budget, after five years without one - $1 trillion, not bad for a country that has a debt of $17 trillion and growing.
Since the service sector has become the main employer in the United States in recent years, that is why local, state and federal government are requesting additional funding that require the raising of taxes or fees.
Recently, I was in attendance to debate the water increase for the city of Steubenville. Residents who were in attendance were all against it, but after they voiced their opinions council voted to increase the rate, which will start next month. At that meeting it was stated that the loss of the mills' water usage hurt revenue and the city lost two water contracts from gas and oil companies.
Local government officials need to focus on getting some industrialist here and have a backbone when coming to government regulations that has been killing not only our communities but our nation.