Letters to the Editor

Voter apathy can cost you a lot in taxes

Someone once said, “The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.”

I was out gathering signatures on petitions four weeks ago. It was to have a referendum placed on the ballot next November, to reduce the general operating fund taxes in Madison County, a fund that is used as play money by our astute county board. A fund that they overtax us on every year by up to $4 million. Here are some of the voter reactions:

The obvious looking away to avoid eye contact.

Looking at the sky and whistling, while holding their hand up against their eye.

The rapid walk/almost run to get past you.

“The last time I signed something, I spent three years in the Army.”

“I’m afraid I will get into trouble if I sign it.”

“Could you explain it again? I don’t understand about those taxes.”

My personal favorite: “I’ll pay any amount to keep my government running.”

People, may I recommend that you start getting involved with your surroundings? This is the very reason that these so-called leaders keep jacking up your taxes every year. They know from the past, that the average citizen is so apathetic, they can do whatever they want. To quote Dr. Seuss: “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is gong to get better, it’s not.”

Start holding these people accountable!

Roddy D. Riggs, Highland