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Spin cycles always backfire

Spin doesn’t work.

Spin is less than honest.

Spinning in one direction usually causes things to turn in the opposite direction.

Spin is what you call it when elected officials, public relations professionals and newsmakers try to control what the public reads. 

Spin is generally characterized by politically-correct speech, 16-cylinder words and a lot of double talk.

Citizens have every right to see things as they actually are and not merely what those in power want them to see. 

When public perception is different from what public figures want it be, the first thing they do is attack the media.

Big mistake. 

That never works.

In fact, just like spin, attacking the media generally just backfires. 

The only reason to try and spin the news is because you are trying to hide something — plain, pure and simple. 

Here is a case in point.

From day one, we have consistently said a SPLOST IV referendum on the ballot in the November election is asking voters to approve a new 1-cent sales tax.

That’s the truth.

It is not a partial truth.

It is not a relative truth.

It is not kind of true. 

It is simply the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.

However, elected officials in Henry County and members of the SPLOST IV committee have objected to that truth.

In fact, they want us to tell citizens that SPLOST IV is a continuation of SPLOST III.

Now, that would be a lie. 

SPLOST III expires. 

There is no such thing as a continuation. 

Voters approved SPLOST III projects.

Those projects were funded.

That was then.

This is now.

Now, county leaders have a new list of projects and are asking voters for millions of new dollars to fund them.

When the voters vote in favor of a SPLOST referendum, they put the tax on themselves for a specific period of time. 

When that period expires, the tax expires. 

SPLOST IV is not SPLOST III, that is why county leaders have had week after week after week of meetings to review possible road improvements, capital projects, public buildings, parks and ballfields, tweaking the list that will eventually be put on the ballot.

That is why they are pitching their projects. 

That is why they are so worried about how the citizens are reacting and what newspaper readers are reading. 

Are SPLOST IV projects worthwhile? 

Is the 1-cent sales tax warranted? 

That is up to voters to decide.

Elected officials in Henry County need to take a hard look at their motives.

Should a public servant not want what the public wants? 

Did you run for office to serve the public? 

Or, are you serving some other interest? 

Who does Henry County belong to? 

Do the opinions and the interests of the people elected to office matter more than the opinions and the interest of the people who elect them? 

— Editor Jim Zachary