Thursday, July 26, 2007

Letter to the Indianapolis Star

It is not over. In light of the property tax freeze and reassessment ordered by Gov. Daniels, many residents in Marion Co. feel that they can breathe a little easier. This, unfortunately, is not true. We cannot afford (literally) to become complacent. The reassessment promises nothing other than the opportunity for a repetition of the comedy of errors that have led to the recent protests. The reassessment will be conducted using the same broken system that the last assessment used. We must continue to make our voices heard! The recent action by the City-County Council has proved that. The will of the people was ignored. Those whom we elect to represent us must come to understand that they are answerable to the citizens of this county. We must send a message this fall that will be heard in the Statehouse next spring. Ignore the will of the electorate at your own peril.

There have been many comparisons of the current protests to past revolutions, particularly the storming of the Bastille at the beginning of the French revolution. This is not a battle that will be won by storming one building or another. This is a battle that can only be won by storming the polls in November. We cannot allow ourselves to slip into the comfortable apathy that pervades our electoral process. We must continue to attend the rallies. We must continue to turnout in large numbers. We each must do that which we can. We must become part of the process. This is an election year, seek out the candidates, listen to their speeches and, most importantly, question their stances on the issues.

Will you remember in November?

If not, what will you say next May?

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