EDITORIALS

The Choice is yours

DERON TALLEY, EDITOR @DeRonTalley

Since we all respect the fact children are our future wouldn’t you think it’s easy to decide what to do to help them better it, even now? Sure we can’t put them in charge of our businesses or at the head of our government, but we can give them necessary tools to learn how to manage those things for the future.

The Ascension Parish Council took a major step with its decision to put a resolution on the Nov. 4 ballot that would improve parish recreational facilities and parks – something that’ll definitely benefit the future of our children.

However, that isn’t all. The choice is yours whether or not you will agree with the parish council in voting yes to approve the tax that would improve the parks and recreational facilities. You must vote yes.

I believe whole-heartedly that investing in children is priceless. However not all of Ascension feels that way, and historically the parish hasn’t agreed with that. A similar tax was put on the 1994 ballot, and was shunned and voted against by you, the people. To me, it’s a no-brainer. Just imagine had you guys voted to approve that tax 20 years ago, how much better the parish be.

Ascension is already one of the fastest growing parishes in the state, and the school district is amongst the top as well. The choice is yours to vote to better our parks now. Too often do I hear out in the communities that there is nothing for our kids to do in Ascension, “so I take my family to Baton Rouge” to recreate. Let’s invest in our own youth and in our own land. The investment will benefit us. Sure no one likes paying taxes, but the few dollars a month you’ll be paying will save you hundreds of dollars in commuting out of the parish and paying for food and other things out of the parish. We all fuss about high taxes, but I also hear a lot about high gas prices as well.

If you’re really trying to do something to save money, yet make a wise investment the choice is yours in bringing better parks to Ascension now. Let’s not wait another 20 years Ascension. Without the equipment and the recreation improvements, we’ll lose our kids to other things. We all know, “An idle mind is the devil’s playground.”

Blessings