Jay Cronley: Keeping an open mind on Vision2
BY JAY CRONLEY World Staff Columnist
Tuesday, October 09, 2012
10/09/12 at 4:49 AM
Have you wondered how an undecided voter feels about the Vision2 proposition?
It has been such an educational experience to be undecided about the presidential election that I thought I'd try the same tactic with the issue aimed at spreading some big money throughout the county.
As far as the race to be president goes, I have the two men rated exactly even.
The unemployment rate's dipping below 8 percent offset Obama's absent-minded performance in the first debate.
Being unprepared at a public forum is a hard plight to overcome.
I was recently reminded of a speaking engagement two hours before the introduction and showed up looking to be on the lam.
The title of this talk turned out to be "Any Questions?"
You can only bluff an audience for five minutes.
Voting patterns: Some voters have decided even before an issue shows itself.
Some people are born to vote a certain way.
Parents may not transfer the trigonometry gene.
And children are apt to turn against any elective ordered upon them at too-early an age. What's force-fed at age 6 is usually dumped at 16.
Late bloomers do all the good in a variety of fields such as religion and sports.
But most political points of view seem immune to rebellion.
What's not mandated can be easily and painlessly perpetuated.
Carrying on the family spirit with a vote is often a tribute to Mom or Pops.
Those quick to decide go by gut reaction: You want more money? No. It's our only hope for the future? Yes.
Those pledged to keep an open mind until all the issues are presented and argued have to do most of the work.
Proponents: Those the most in favor of continuing the vision for the county seem to be the politicians and the well-off.
Television commercials in favor of collecting more money are all over the place, a whole month out.
Those for the vision have begun tugging at our heartstrings with pledges to the sweet and deserving animals at the zoo, toward the safe maintenance of the school buses that transport our children, to the library and the books that keep us whole.
Here's something that goes beyond the emotion of the cubs and kiddies and rhymes.
It is said by the proponents that the future of our city depends on the success of this vision.
If that's so, then wouldn't our futures be worth more than a quick month of hasty preparation?
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