A perspective on the March 24th special election
To Salida Citizen readers,
Voting should be an act that demands some thought. I would like to request that those who vote in the March 24th Special election regarding the City of Salida’s sales tax distribution consider a few ideas before making their decision.
Political and social scientists have proven that most citizens vote based on their emotional response to an issue. It is unhelpful that both sides will accuse the other of propagandizing when, in fact, all sides of any issue are marketing their beliefs in the act of stating their case. Too often, while electioneering, we spend too much time denigrating the other side and too little time stating what will be good if our candidate or issue passes.
My request is that we forget the hot buttons that will lead us to vote primarily with our emotions. Past memories of how we felt wronged by the government or by the believers of a particular issue or group need to be set aside. Rather, please ask yourself what will be best for our City in the long haul? What will move the City in a positive direction? What ballot measure will allow any City Council to fund the services that will make Salida great from this moment onwards? That question trumps all past considerations and experiences.
I will add a personal opinion. Several months ago I asked all members of the City Council to specifically state how they would allocate the City’s funds should the Carlisle- Farney ballot issue pass. Not one member of the Council has done this. This makes it very difficult to make a thoughtful decision. So I once again I make my plea to all members of the Council to state how they would allocate the City’s funds should either ballot measure pass.
Thanks and good luck,