Locals share opinions on jail, tax

Dear Editor,

I agree with the vast majority of tax payers who believe that we are over taxed and that our tax dollars are often wasted. Elections can solve that problem. But not all taxes are bad. Schools, roads, Social Security, Medicare, law enforcement and economic development, to name just a few, are not free. We pay for them with our taxes.

We are being given a much needed $10 million jail to hold those in our parish who choose to break the law. We owe it to ourselves to ensure criminals stay locked up when they are arrested in order to deter and prevent future crimes. All we have to do is provide the operating and maintenance funds for the new jail.

One of the things on my “Bucket List” is to go to our 50th state, Hawaii, and visit Pearl Harbor. I want to witness first hand the history of our country that is entombed there. I do know that the Pearl Harbor monuments are funded with our tax dollars. I am more than happy to contribute my few cents of taxes to keep that historic place intact so that people can witness this part of our country’s history for generations to come.

I am voting YES for the half-cent sales tax on May 3 to fund the operation and maintenance of the new jail. I think 50 cents for every $100 I spend is well worth it.

And if one day I am able to go to Pearl Harbor to witness history, I’m sure I will feel that those tax dollars were also well spent.

Jay Theunissen

Jennings

 

Dear Editor,

To build or not to build – is that the question? Not really. It would not be good to turn down this once-in-a-lifetime gift from our state. Vote Go, not No, for the jail tax. It will be good for the economy, for jobs, and for making a positive step in favor of progress. It will improve morale among our law enforcement people and set a good example for our young people to follow.

Voting yes is taking a step forward. We tell our kids they need to look as good as they can. Well, a new jail will give our parish a better appearance. We also tell them “Put on your thinking cap.” We need to put on ours, because turning down $10 million is very foolish. The present jail is decaying, but if we turn our backs on this gift, it’s a sign we are decaying. We cite examples of how our forefathers were always building and rebuilding to make a great America – to build is a Godly act. Even Noah was told to build an Ark.

Bob Bollich

Jennings

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