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Is free really free?

Post Independent Writer

Dear Editor,Is free really free? Suppose someone gives me a really nice, expensive horse. Free horse. But wait; first there is hay, and grain, veterinary, farrier, saddle and bridle and curry comb. That’s just the beginning. I need to build a fence, get some corral panels, hay shed, stall and a horse trailer.Now the kids want to join 4-H, and they’ll both need a horse. Now begin the trail rides, horse shows and fairs. Figure in about an hour a day feeding and other care. Did I mention shoveling manure? I’m beginning to realize free isn’t free. I could shoot the horse but there is PETA, the Sheriff’s Office, and the neighbor’s complaints, and to top it off I need to hire an excavator to bury my “free horse.”Now think about the natural gas tax windfall. Are the county and city governments just going to buy a bunch of “horses?” How about relieving us of some of the property tax instead? We don’t need an expansion of the nanny state. We need a return to personal responsibility.Don’t buy more “horses.” Buy some free-from.Ross L TalbottNew Castle


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