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Should county be accepting grants from feds?

Editor:
I am mildly irritated at the Bulloch County Board of Commissioners for approving a federal government grant to fund additional county deputies. On the one hand, I commend the commissioners for consistently balancing the county’s budget; but, by pursuing and accepting this grant partially to fund sheriff’s deputies, the county will indirectly be contributing to the massive federal debt of $17.5 trillion. That is, because the federal government is spending hundreds of billions of dollars more than it takes in, even such trivial requests for additional federal funds as that of the Bulloch County Board of Commissioners and the Sheriff’s Office inevitably add to the mounting national debt. 
I commend the county sheriff and his deputies for superior law enforcement, but I think that Bulloch County and its citizens ought to bear the burden of supporting our law enforcement officers financially and not look to the feds to make it easy on us as taxpayers.
Now, I am aware that some people will say, “Well, if we don’t get the grant, someone else will,” which is true. However, let others take responsibility for contributing to the federal government’s growing debt, not us. I know that what I am proposing is a difficult stand on principle; but if ordinary Americans like us do not resist irresponsible federal spending on small issues involving thousands of dollars, how can we expect our politicians to take courage to control federal government spending amounting to trillions?
Furthermore, the commissioners and Sheriff’s Office have no grounds to protest intrusive federal regulations if they take federal money when it is convenient. 
    Sincerely,
Reid S. Derr
Statesboro

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