By Ida B. Torn
By now, you’ve figured out that the upcoming sales tax initiative is important to me. And I suspect that you’ve also figured out that I write under a pseudonym. Some people who oppose the tax say that you shouldn’t trust me simply because you don’t know who I am. To that point, I would tell you that I’m not asking you to trust me. I’m asking you to do your homework and to make an informed decision when you step into the voting booth on November 8th or when you go to the courthouse to early vote. Every article leading up to this one has provided you with unbiased information and the sources that support it.
In an effort to appease my naysayers, I’d like to tell you a little bit about myself.
First of all, I love to laugh. I chose Ida B. Torn because it is so tongue-in-cheek. I also chose it because I prefer to consider all sides of an issue and can find valid points on just about any side of an issue.
When I was in college, I took several art classes. One professor politely told me that I should not consider art for a career. After each assignment, we lined up our “masterpieces” and had to critique each other’s work. We learned to look for the positives and to find positive ways to express our opinions on what did not work for the piece.
Inc. Magazine printed an article in its October, 2016 issue about a management technique called Radical Candor that emphasizes the importance of addressing conflict and providing feedback in ways that produce positive outcomes. I adhere to this philosophy but must admit that I’m not always able to adhere to it.
I read a post online this week that encourages those folks who are opposed to the tax to get out and vote. The post also states that, if passed, the tax revenues would allegedly be used for road repairs. I believe that everyone – and I do mean everyone – is entitled to their own opinion or point of view, but let’s be clear. The language of the propositions specifically state that the revenues would be for road improvements. If you are against the tax, then you are against it. It is not necessary to employ dishonest tactics in order to sway people to your way of thinking.
I can agree that our roads are terrible. I can agree that we already pay a lot of taxes. And, I can agree that there are things that the Parish Government and Department of Public Works can and should do to strengthen the trust of Parish residents. But my consensus with those against the tax stops there. A vote against the tax is a vote against yourself and any potential growth of the Parish.
If you support the sales tax initiatives, I hope you will engage in some Radical Candor between now and election day.
The future of our Parish is depending on you!