Letter: Don’t fall prey to school safety guilt trip trap  



School safety is an emotional issue. The school superintendent’s exaggerated claim that “you can’t watch the news without seeing shootings every day somewhere” fans the flames of those emotions. This hyperbole is not true and is merely an overt attempt to impute guilt on anyone voting against the referendum. After all how could anyone be opposed to improved safety for school students?

Since there have been no significant school safety issues, if none occur while the referendum is in effect, how can we claim it worked? If an issue does occur will we conclude the use of the revenue was not effective? In that case I’m sure the claim will be made that the tax increase wasn’t large enough to properly address the issue and a plea for more money will be forthcoming.

The referendum is supposed to last only eight years, however what happens when the referendum expires? Will the new people who have been hired be terminated? Will the salaries that have been increased be lowered? We all know that taxes never go down, public employees are not terminated and tax revenues are never sufficient. A “temporary” tax i.e. referendum soon becomes permanent.

Don’t fall prey to the guilt trip trap. Vote no on question 1 Nov. 5.

John Barbour, Carmel


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