But I tossed my wheaties one morning when I read that Congressman Rick Boucher is planning on securing federal funds to have it rebuilt. Why is it up to people in Omaha and Poughkeepsie to fund the thing?
You want it? You build it.
Have we come to the point where nothing gets done unless a federal welfare handout is involved?
Now that I've gotten that off my chest, I'll mention an organization that is working to rebuild the High Knob Tower the old-fashioned way - through hard work, community involvement, and local contributions:
Wise County can't do without lookout towerHere's to Gary and his worthwhile efforts. His is a worthy cause because the people of Wise County consider it to be a worthy cause.
By Rex Bowman, Richmond Times-Dispatch Staff Writer
Residents of Wise County are uniting to rebuild what might have been the area's most popular "romantic destination," the observation tower on High Knob.
For sure, the three-story octagonal building was no Eiffel Tower, but for decades -- before it burned to the ground on Halloween -- the High Knob observation tower inside the Jefferson National Forest was a magnet for lovers, newlyweds and young families.
[Gary] Meade, who lives in nearby Coeburn, has helped create the High Knob Tower Preservation Association (www.rebuildthetower.org) to raise money to rebuild the tower. (link)
Let's hope Mr. Meade has the good sense and intestinal fortitude, when Rick Boucher comes knocking on his door with a suitcase chock full of other people's money, to tell our good congressman to take it back where he got it. Out of the mouths of America's children and grandchildren.
* This, folks, when it comes about - and it WILL come about - is a textbook example of earmarking and of how corrosive a practice it is.