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Who's steering the boat?

It's always difficult for me when election time rolls around, if there is an issue on the ballot that involves increasing taxes.

I am no longer a property owner, so I give a lot of thought before helping to pass anything that will effect property tax payers. If I feel that a boost in taxes-slight or hefty-will benefit the community, then I may put my "x" next to the issue that's going to cost someone else, but not me.

However, I make it a point to never speak for or against these issues to which I won't be contributing.

Which is why I kept mum on the smoking ban in public places, the sports complex for Sunnyside High School and the recent tax on cell phone use for which the City of Sunnyside has opted.

I feel if I don't smoke, don't pay property taxes and don't have a cell phone, I should keep my mouth shut.

I certainly have my own opinion, and how I vote is a private matter, but trying to tell others where they can and cannot smoke and trying to persuade others to pay something I don't have to pay seems like steering someone else's boat to me.

And, in my book, that's an action that just doesn't float.

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