I'd like to quote Robert Frost's famous Road Not Taken:
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I -
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
This poem mirrors the choice the voters of Jefferson City have Feb. 7. We can either continue to do what we've been doing (which has led to an exodus of the younger demographic and an economy desperately dependent on the state of Missouri) or make a bold decision and embark on the road to the future.
Is it scary and uncomfortable to add taxes to ourselves? Yes, but look back at your life at the hard but ultimately beneficial decisions you made. And if the path isn't as fair as we hope we'll come back and travel the same road we always have but I don't want to know "what if?"
I will take the road less traveled with belief it will make a huge difference in revitalizing our economy.
I, like many others, will take the road less traveled and vote yes on Proposition 1.