By Ida B. Torn
“But don’t be downhearted, I can fix it for you, sonny,
It won’t take too long, it’ll just take money…”
Alan Jackson lyrics
The Talkin’ Song Repair Blues
I watched the live stream of the Parish Council meeting this past Tuesday night. I felt like my computer had been hacked and I was actually watching a really bad attempt at comedic improv. A good portion of the meeting was spent on complaints about roads and when they were going to be fixed. Here’s a news flash folks: Our opportunity for having roads FIXED died with the sales tax initiative that was voted down last year.
Now comes the news, at least according to Councilmen Chris Paige and Rodney Bedgood, the residents of this Parish are so mad about the conditions of their roads that they’re going to vote down the ad valorem taxes on the ballot in March. Now, there’s a real solution! Let’s shut down the government so we can get our roads fixed!
The final punch line for the night came from Councilman Paige, who voted against anything that actually made sense. At the end of the meeting, when he learned that his pet road project was on the verge of getting additional funding from the State, he laughed and said that he’d go back and change his vote had he had that piece of information. He only voted “no” on everything because he was mad. Now, that‘s real leadership!
Unfortunately, that also seems to be the mindset of Parish residents and it appears that March 25th will be a day of reckoning. Based on Tuesday night’s Council meeting, I reckon Parish residents want things to get exponentially worse before they decide they truly want things to get better.