Learn from past mistakes

Published 5:59 pm Friday, July 24, 2009

It’s a bet Selma City Councilman Johnnie Leashore did not have the city’s best interest at heart when he rallied a group of folks Thursday night about the bond issue becoming an all or none proposition.

Leashore and others, mostly from Ward 7, want all the items on the proposed $10 million bond issue grouped under one ballot heading.

Mayor George Evans has proposed voters receive two options: vote for all the bond issue items or vote for the proposed items individually.

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Either way, the voters don’t lose with Evans’ plan.

The failed bond issue of a year ago, which toted about $12 million was soundly rejected by voters. Many of those who did not support the bond measure said they wanted the items broken down so they could vote for what they wanted to choose. Former Mayor James Perkins Jr. lumped the proposed items all into one.

It would appear Leashore and those who follow him would see the folly in repeating the same act if they really want this bond issue to pass.

Evans is right to stick to his two-pronged ballot approach. Anything else is sheer ignorance.