Your editorial about the tax increase was irresponsible, lazy and self-indulgent. Is it responsible journalism to engage in inflammatory writing and call all legislators pigs and drug addicts, especially in light of recent events in Arizona?
What kind of example does this set for someone in middle school or high school? Would you stand in the same room face-to-face with Senator Lauzen and Representative Hatcher and call them pigs and drug addicts? Do you really think they spend the money on themselves in some sort of political orgy?
It is easy journalism to point the finger of blame at someone else. But as the old saying goes, when you point the finger of blame, three fingers are pointing back at you. For decades, we, the citizens, have asked that affordable education be maintained or improved, criminals be sent to prison, highways be maintained, mental health facilities be maintained, highways be patrolled, and on and on. Where should we have spent less? You neglected to say.
At the same time, we have said to our legislators that we do not want to pay for state services. If you ask us to pay, we will vote you out of office. So the legislators have obeyed us. To avoid angering us by raising taxes, they have for years even borrowed money from our pension funds and other places, insuring that matters would become worse down the road (now).
If we had not been so selfish ourselves, we might have allowed a smaller tax increase years ago that would have kept us solvent and even … just maybe … allowed for some property tax relief. Now it’s too late for a small tax increase, and we cannot even get lower property taxes out of the deal.
It’s not the legislators; it’s us. We wanted a free lunch. The only good news is that even at 5 percent, our income tax will still be less than that of most states. And with your future editorials, how about trying to enlighten instead of inflame us? Tell us where money is being wasted instead of insulting all legislators.