We are ardent supporters of all the first responders in St. Clair County, and we agree with Sheriff Rick Watson that additional deputies are warranted. But we cannot vote for the 1 percent sales tax increase. The county could easily fund safety increases were it to admit that MidAmerica Airport is a failed business venture. Instead of continuing to sink valuable tax dollars into a venture that shows little likelihood of miraculously becoming profitable, divert those unproductive dollars to the first responders.
Charles Pitts, Lebanon
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