Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Voters Say Yes to Wishard
The vote on the Wishard Referendum was not even close. The results keep trickling in here and there at this hour, but it looks like an epic landslide victory for Health and Hospital.
People opposed to the referendum will likely continue to blame the question wording for the loss. They may also tell you that Health and Hospital sold us a bill of goods and that they deceived their way to a victory, but the truth is that people came out on a Special Election Day to vote yes on Wishard. A large number of them then voted against school referenda meaning that there were many split tickets especially in Perry or Franklin Townships.
Those opposed to the referendum have been yelling and screaming about a lack of media coverage to their cause, and they may have a beef. Part of that though is to get the word out, and they were unable to really even mount a challenge against the full assault of Health and Hospital.
They got little traction, I think, because people felt this was an important project even if it does cost me a little more when I pay my property taxes. So, it didn't matter when people threw accusations at Health and Hospital about its presentations or its nursing homes. It happened because the people saw the need.
Congratulations to Health and Hospital, and congratulations to Beth White on another fine election with no more than a scattered few problems. Hats off to everyone that worked the polls today and that worked to fill the slots at the polls today.