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The Reader's Voice: School sales tax referendum on ballot again

Published: Monday, March 17, 2014 10:44 a.m. CST • Updated: Monday, March 17, 2014 10:48 a.m. CST

In our community, the ugly head of the ever-unpopular, often-defeated 1 percent school sales tax referendum has replaced the return of the robin as the harbinger of the coming spring season.

Student services have been reduced or eliminated, parent and taxpayer contributions have been increased, but, like a bloated tick, the education fund (salaries and benefits) continues to swell.

Realizing the ongoing public disapproval, despite numerous attempts at voter “education” (indoctrination?), hope now rests in the proposition’s quiet inclusion on the March primary ballot (and its infamy for low voter turnouts).

This scheme, in combination with the simultaneous, low-key mobilization of their supporting minions, is but another sneaking attempt to thwart the will of the majority.

Remember, the most important stratagem in the successful passage of a school referendum is the requirement that proponents, over time, undermine the will of the opposition through the simple tactic of continually bringing the travesty back and back and back until the desired outcome is realized.

Note to readers – Because of an editor’s error, Mr. Bryant’s letter was left off a page of election-related letters in Saturday’s SV Weekend. We regret the error.

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