By Ida B. Torn
I’m a middle of the road type of person who likes to play devil’s advocate. I worry about what the Parish will do if its ad valorem renewals don’t pass. I try to tell myself that we’ll cross that bridge when we get there except the bridge is out and can’t be replaced because it costs an arm and a leg to fix it! If the taxes do fail, then perhaps it will be a blessing in disguise. The Parish can go back to the drawing board and we can get a new and better road tax that’ll be the best thing since sliced bread. After all, drastic times call for drastic measures. Maybe the loss of 1/3 of the Highway Department’s funding will cause more people to jump on the bandwagon and all Parish residents will start to see eye to eye.
Perhaps the March election will be a referendum on the Parish Council and President since actions speak louder than words and the subject of roads has become a hot potato at the Council meetings. Maybe the voters are ready to add insult to injury and will convey through their votes that the Parish Government is barking up the wrong tree.
I know that some folks prefer to sit on the fence and not speak of the devil (taxes) while some folks act in the heat of the moment. Some folks find themselves caught between two stools and prefer to cry over spilt milk.
Just remember, our roads are a far cry from where we want them to be. If you decide that it’s best not to let sleeping dogs lie and you want to kill two birds with one stone, you’ll have seven months to burn the midnight oil to put a plan together that finally puts the Parish on the path to recovery.
Let’s cut to the chase. The ball is in your court. GO VOTE!