Happy New Year, not.

Dear Commissioner Dan, Happy New Year and remember, my taxes pay for that fancy new snow shovel I saw you buying at Wal-Mart.  I hope that wasn’t a selfish gift for yourself, but rather you were buying something nice for your wife. Anyway, with the new year, the county didn’t waste a minute to start sending out communications with 2019 on them. I’ll be putting 2018 on my checks and letters for about 45 days into the new year. I can’t imagine what it costs to have computer systems that instantly update the year at the stroke of midnight. Nobody’s even in the office and yet we’re paying for them to be tracking time like NORAD. This is wasted tax money in my opinion. You talked in your campaign about having a friendlier office atmosphere. When I was a kid and still today we had paper calendars that required the human touch to flip them so we could see the new month. As a bonus, each new month came with a new pretty picture. That’s much more fun than coming in the office only to discover that the county has paid big bucks for some heartless computer that has done this already – without the pretty picture. I can name a few stores in the area that give away calendars for free. I go early and grab a few dozen for me and my wife so we know the date in every room in the house… plus the shop, woodshed, pump-house, doghouse, outhouse, chicken coop, pickup, and my tree stand. I’ll bet the commissioners never thought of using the free calendars to eliminate bonuses if you just give them to each employee to take home and enjoy for the entire year. It’s a gift that keeps on giving. This is the kind of “out-of-the-box” thinking that I will bring to the office when I’m elected commissioner. In the mean time, I’m giving you permission to use my idea. The commissioners should get those free calendars now and refund the savings to the people of Bonner County who work hard.  You’re welcome.
~Thomas (A Concerned Citizen)


Originally Posted: 1/1/2019

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