Letter To The Editor: Voting On Bond Issue

Terry Goldman
Los Alamos
 
I read a letter complaining that the bond issue vote is effectively ‘log-rolling’. The author wanted to have separate votes on each recreational item. 
 
On the one hand, as we learned from the earlier bond vote on the addition to the aquatic center, this amounts only to finding out how many people want that particular additional recreational opportunity. On the other, why should we expect a majority to vote to pay taxes for something we want and they may not? 
 
Although not strictly proportional, the rational solution is to combine items so that if you vote for what I want, I will vote for what you want. The total cost is distributed over all of us who want something. It’s a classic aspect of how a (successful) democracy works. 
 
As to the actual cost: Wake up folks, you’re not (most of you) poor students anymore who have to pinch every penny. This is a very rich county and we can afford to pay for the amenities we want — and not require Uncle Sam to foot the bill further. I recognize that for some the additional cost per year of about the price of a round trip airfare to Phoenix would be burdensome and respect their choice if they vote against the bond issue. But for the rest of you (and me) this is a minor expense compared to a lot of things we spend our income on. 
 
And we all get something good out of it. Vote yes.
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