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Taxpayers deserve chance to decide on layers of government

By DENNIS GRUBAUGH    Much of government exists simply to support itself.     We all know it. It’s a time-honored structure that we occasionally complain about, but essentially leave unchecked. At the local level, you could call it the brother-in-law syndrome: Politicians in seats of power put a family member on the payroll simply to give…

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Sometimes government needs to step in where others won’t

By ALAN J. ORTBALS    Ever since Ronald Reagan declared that, “government is the problem” in his first inaugural address in 1981, Americans’ affinity to and respect for government has been on the wane. If I had a dollar for every time someone said to me, “Government can’t do anything right,” I’d be able to fly…

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