I concur with little of what you wrote analyzing the results of the recent special election. Turnout was poor, but then, there was no real choice involved. Both The News-Times and its parent publication had anointed Jim Whitehead the winner almost before filing began. No wonder he passed up the debates and could dismiss the Iraq war as unimportant: The King is above politics.
This election was supposed to be (according to you) merely a formality before the triumphant appearance before the groveling peasants. Didn't work out that way. For one thing, despite his mega-buck fund raising ability, people don't like this arrogant punk. I suspect the roughly three out of five people who cast ballots for his opponents did so not for the other candidate, but against Whitehead.
Both our aging wanna-be dictators, Whitehead and Ron Cross, prove how out of touch they are by their contention that their costly tax schemes simply require more voter education. Nonsense.
There is a list of Whitehead/Cross "great leap forward" ideas requiring Soviet-style re-education before they'll pass: the Columbia County airport, the Columbia County commissioners' golf course, the "Billy Barn $100,000,000 Question," and their back-burnered puscht for power, consolidation.
The developer's welfare tax district proposal came at exactly the wrong time for the dastardly duo, only short weeks after the delivery of another in a decade-long history of double-digit tax increases from the county. The question on the voter's mind - one that never appears on Whitehead's horizon - is why should I be subsidizing the fat cats of Whitehead's Plutocratic Party?
Dave Stewart Sr.
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