One example of nanny government is the weekly emails I get from â€œBuncombe County Government.â€ The last issue has articles on, â€œHow To Heat Your Olive Oil,â€ and â€œSeven Steps to a Happier Pet.â€ Headlines over the last few months have included, â€œCut 100 Calories Everyday! [sic.],â€ â€œSafe Grilling Tips,â€ and â€œIs Your Clothes Dryer Safe?â€ The latest emails might send those of us who have not yet wrapped ourselves in aluminum foil scurrying under our beds. Last week, my government asked, â€œWho Are Your Beneficiaries?â€ and this week it asks, â€œWhere Is Your Will Stored?â€
I am assuming somebody is getting paid with tax dollars to help those of us so bold as to have ventured out of the crib with lifeâ€™s turmoils. But not to worry, Asheville has just recently started sending out the â€œNeighborhood E-News.â€ Itâ€™s a version of all those complicated things that city council talks about, dumbed down especially for people like me.
A lot of the Hints from Heloise coming from Buncombe County hyperlink to what used to be the local Agricultural Extension, until it extended well beyond its agricultural bounds. A couple years ago, the Extension was soliciting public input on what the people wanted it to do. Well, if it wasnâ€™t government, and it couldnâ€™t find something important enough to do by itself, it would probably close its doors.
At least I know one thing: It makes me mad to pay people to tell me Iâ€™m stupid.