Not taxpayers' responsibility
In response to the news story “Greensburg will provide interpreter for deaf boy” : I am pleased that children are choosing to be physically active; however, I don't believe it is the responsibility of taxpayers to pay for an interpreter so the boy can play in a city recreational soccer league.
I agree with Mayor Ron Silvis that this could snowball. Many townships are cash-strapped; this may potentially cause some communities to cancel recreational soccer leagues due to this extra cost. I am concerned that this could be yet another case of the majority being penalized for the good of the minority.
Please don't take this as an attack on the boy. I feel that an interpreter is something his parents should provide. Parents need to provide shinguards and specific socks and shoes for children to participate; an interpreter should be included in this category.
My child has braces. I provide a mouthguard for her to play. I have not hired an attorney to make her public school pay for one for her. I believe this is my responsibility as her parent.