Responsibilities and obligations
To the editor,
By the time you read this, Sanibel will have acquired “our” lighthouse and adjoining 44.7 acres of land from the federal government (Department of the Interior) for a total consideration of $447.70.
With this acquisition, we have assumed definite responsibilities and obligations. It is in this regard that I write this letter.
In this paper’s April 16 edition, in an article regarding the acquisition of the Lighthouse and adjoining property, there were two quotes from our City Manager, each consisting of one paragraph. I have chosen to reverse the order of these quotes in my writing.
Quote: “The Sanibel Lighthouse is our community’s icon… and now it is our local responsibility to protect this icon for future generations.”
Quote: “According to City Manager Judie Zimomra, the city will now be able to apply for historical preservation grants to assist in the funding of repainting the Sanibel Lighthouse.”
If going to the federal government is the initial action of assuming our responsibility, one could say, so be it. I know, if we don’t use the money, somebody else will.
I suggest that a suitable plaque be placed on the Lighthouse, stating: “In the year 2010, the residents of Sanibel hereby knowingly pass on to their grandchildren the obligation of paying any federal funds used for the maintenance of this property.”
Deficits matter… and so does our national debt!