Well, I'm not all that surprised at the way things turned out in Logan yesterday. Sad in some cases, but not surprised. I figured that people would decide to see the road tax and CVTD tax as an “either, or” issue, and that roads would win out (they did). I voted for both taxes. Why? Because I don't mind paying more taxes on consumer goods. I'd be happier in general if we had more taxes on consumer luxuries (NOT food) and fewer income taxes. But I digress.
At any rate, obviously people would rather pay for more roads. It means that they don't have to change behaviors. Vote to increase service by the CVTD and you feel like you have to use it. And heaven forbid we all change our behaviors. Because progression (in both an eternal and temporal sense) is all about…doing the same thing? No, wait. That's stagnation.
And even though he lost by less than 400 votes, Joe Needham still lost. Which is sad to me. Jay Monson's main argument against him was Joe's forward-thinking and insightful vote to pull out of IPP 3. Good move. Since IPP 3 is struggling since most of California pulled out. And coal is still dirty, dangerous and much less efficient, in the long run, than wind or solar power. So we voted in a guy who thinks coal is the future? Well I didn't vote him in. I voted for the guy who thought dragging us aboard a project that is sinking financially was a bad idea. Other people did. Apparently a resource that is outdated, dangerous (and deadly – Crandall Canyon) and more difficult to turn into electricity is a sound investment to many of the fine folks here. Oh and more polluting. But we already knew that pollution isn't a big deal…
But my faith in humanity isn't completely destroyed. Laraine Swenson pulled through, easily smashing the competition. Not even Loganites could stomach Val Ewell (bless them!). And perhaps “we the people” finally sent a message to our Utah Legislature representatives: “Represent us, not special interests!” with the defeat of school vouchers. But we'll see. I can see those wiley folks in Salt Lake trying another trick. The other implication is that we want more money for education here in Utah.
And, finally, I do feel bad for Steven Taylor. I liked that he pounded the pavement, looking for votes. And since, really, there isn't much of a difference between him and Herm Olsen, I voted for Taylor because he pulled my heartstrings.
Tags: Logan election results, Jay Monson, Joe Needham, school vouchers,
IPP 3, road tax