Renée Loth performed a public service by focusing our attention on the wily words used in public discourse (“Wily slogans can’t ruin glory of ‘public’,” Opinion, July 25). Her example of the negative connotation of “government schools” vs. the more positive connotation of “public schools” is a good case in point. However, readers should be aware of how her argument cuts both ways. Public (government) employee unions decry “privatization,” yet they happily privatize public funds every pay period. In fact, the bulk of government spending is immediately privatized in salaries. The public doesn’t care whether a government employee or a private contractor clears the snow from the public way; the public interest is simply that the job get done in a timely and cost-effective manner. Similarly, the ends of public “wisdom, and knowledge, as well as virtue” clearly set forth in Chapter V, Section II of the constitution of our Commonwealth were not assumed then and should not be assumed now to be exclusively best served by government. All parties, not just Democrats, need to embrace government for what it does well and also embrace any alternative that better serves the public interest.
The writer is a member of the Winchester Republican Town Committee.