Don’t you love when politicians talk about a lottery as a “tax on the poor?”

Or, when a town or city begins debating alcohol sales?

They want to save us from ourselves.

A “tax on the poor,” though, is the best one-liner a politician can come up with.

Because, you know, they really, really care.

Politicians preach limited government and low taxes for us all.

They have trained us to believe taxes are no good, no matter the cost.

Remember when we loudly and boldly struck down a one-cent sales tax in Jackson County?

Take that, voters said.

And today, county commissioners are looking at every thing possible to cut, or gain, because nothing comes cheap.

Just ask the local Department of Human Resources, better known as DHR.

Now, courthouse security is in the news. Remember what it took to bring security to the Jackson County Courthouse?

How many people are really needed to secure the courthouse? Another question, how many people are really needed to protect the county?

Government needs to stay out of our business, we say. At least until we need something.

So now, state leaders are looking at a gas tax. Gov. Kay Ivey is proposing a 10-cent increase in Alabama’s fuel tax. In a state where tax is a bad word, that should be interesting.

The difference between the legislators and the local county commission? Legislators will decide instead of voters.

Not everyone plays the lottery. Not everyone drinks. But most of us, drive. And when we do, we need fuel to go.

So, about that “tax on the poor.”


DeWayne Patterson is the managing editor of the Sentinel. He can be reached by email to

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Important points Dewayne.

Speaking of taxes, shh, we got secrets. Taxation has a new name for the Jackson County Commission, "Pending Resolution." Item 2 on the agenda for Monday, March 4, 2019 Commission Work Session. A great way to start off in their new commission board room, a deceptive agenda. But, not as bad as a vote in a work session which had not been published on the agenda, not discussed in the open, no emergency declaration for a vote. Just a "set the rules aside" motion.

When commissioners and the attorney were asked about this lack of open government, the reply was - "It doesn't have to be on the agenda, we set the rules aside." Hmm, seems the GOP are not exactly the party of openness and honesty, all commissioners are Republican. Now a vote to expend money, materials and equipment can be made at any time by "setting the rules aside," including not publishing on the agenda, no discussion, no emergency declaration, not in a voting regular meeting.

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