Predictably, the Herald is cheerleading the latest spending initiative, the public safety tax. Everyone favors safety, but now it appears we can own it for just three pennies.
(The Herald assures us Benton County is safe, but not for long without this tax.) Unlike many taxes, this one is "much needed," and we can soak visitors and travelers passing through. Better still it will "sunset" before I turn 80.
What's not to like? This is the classic shell-game, updated. Keep your eye on the three pennies and you won't notice that taxpayers will be fleeced an extra $90 million over 10 years. For that we get three more lawyers and 32 police officers -- elevating the tally by 0.2 officers per 1,000 residents.
Additionally, the tax revenue will fund gang prevention experiments. Results will vary, says the Herald, but even that weak prediction seems overly optimistic. Until law enforcement and the press stifle political correctness about their real source, gangs will continue to increase, spreading mayhem and death. (Hint: It's not just about ignorance or poverty.)
Supporting ever-higher taxes is often confused with good citizenship. I wil practice good citizenship in more proven, productive ways -- and keep the three pennies for my grandchildren.
HENRY JOHNSON, Kennewick