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Opening Arguments

Voter appeal

We can't let those dimwitted, know-nothing voters have referendums on tax issues. All they care about is their own pocketbooks. They'd never vote for anything that costs money. Well, maybe, maybe not:

Referendums seeking millions of dollars in additional funding passed easily Tuesday in numerous central Indiana school districts.

Voters in Washington Township, Pike Township, Speedway, Carmel Clay and Noblesville approved higher tax rates to help prevent teacher cuts or support building projects.

They didn't just pass -- they passed "easily." A couple of them were promised to be "tax neutral," so that gave voters and incentive to say yes, but the rest were just straighforward requests. Carmel Clay voters voted 58 percent to 42 percent for a hike that will add $210 a year to the taxes on a median-priced home. In Speedway, 86 percent of voters said yes.

Taxpayers don't always want less or cheaper. They want value for their money. Give them a reasonable request with clearly explained justfications, and there's a good chance they'll say yes.


Wed, 05/05/2010 - 2:50pm

I wish I could agree with you. But the current education problems in Fort Wayne suggest otherwise.
Not every voter is thoughtful. So we end up with people demanding lower taxes, but with no cuts in services. That's why your kids' classes are going to get bigger next year, and a lot of decent teacher are going to lose their jobs.
Idiots scream "socialism," apparently unaware that we already have considerable socialism (Veterans' Administration, Social Security, Medicare) as if it were simply an all-purpose insult.

tim zank
Wed, 05/05/2010 - 3:53pm

Littlejohn, Once again, in keeping with the typical lib/progressive ideology (that being: everything is always somebody else's fault) you're blaming the wrong people. The current education problems in Ft Wayne don't have a thing to do with the "voters" but rather with the people that run the school corporation. Obviously they run an inefficient system. Any entity that receives more money every year for say, 20 or 30 or years and results remain static or go down can safely be labeled a "loser".

Don't blame the voters, blame the morons the voters gave the money to.

And just out of curiosity, what's with the last paragraph of your post regarding socialism? Seems unrelated to the first half of your screed.

john b. kalb
Wed, 05/05/2010 - 7:44pm

I always thought a "Little John" was a small bathroom. I guess I was close, based on the response attributed to that item in this post.

tim zank
Thu, 05/06/2010 - 9:12am

Careful Kalb, he's easily riled.

Thu, 05/06/2010 - 10:52am

Tim, you're right. I had seen "socialism" tossed about in another posting. My bad.
Kalb, you're a comic genius. I assume you write for Letterman or Leno. Boy, 55 years with the name "John," and I've never heard a bathroom joke before. Somebody stop me from laughing before I hurt myself. Thanks for making my day.