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Volunteers save Salt Lake County millions, but also enrich own lives

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  • DistantThunder Vincentown, NJ
    May 29, 2012 11:02 p.m.

    We could do with a lot less government and this proves that point. Government is pain.

  • Baron Scarpia Logan, UT
    May 30, 2012 6:59 a.m.

    I saw on PBS how in Los Angeles, the city closed the local libraries on Mondays due to budget cuts. Volunteers opened their own community library with donated books, and now it is a permanent fixture in the community so there's less need for public libraries. Volunteers are literally taking away government-funded professional jobs.

    I wonder if we could do that for police and fire protection as well!

  • Ms Molli Bountiful, Utah
    May 30, 2012 8:06 a.m.

    I think volunteerism is a great thing to do. But let's be honest here. The County is not saving "millions". If the County had the money to pay for these things, which it doesn't, then I'd agree that the County is saving millions.

  • GZE SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    May 30, 2012 9:23 a.m.

    Molli,

    You are right. The proper headline would be "County Residents get millions of dollars in services that they would not otherwise receive due to the efforts of hundreds of wonderful volunteers who help the County provide those services which County residents demand but are unwilling to pay for." Not very catchy.

  • Ms Molli Bountiful, Utah
    May 30, 2012 10:50 a.m.

    LOL GZE ... good one !