Your vote doesn’t count and it probably never did. The ballot box is nothing more than a scam designed to make you believe you have a voice in politics.

Your leaders have little more than contempt for your directions. To prove this to yourself, you need only listen to what your mayor and city council say and watch what they do.

The August election is a shining example that should drive home this sad fact. By more than a 20-point margin, voters rejected the proposed streetcar expansion.

Instead of listening to the people, Mayor Sly James responded by saying, “We’re not going to let the (streetcar) starter line be the end of the line for this thing. It’s ridiculous to think that.”

He didn’t give this massive defeat a second thought. Moments after the votes were counted and the message to end this unwanted and unneeded streetcar project was clear, he pronounced the voters to be “ridiculous” and declared he is “…not going to roll over and let it go.”

This disdain for us shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone paying attention to our city government. On May 22, more than two months before a single vote was cast, the city awarded two contracts for the Phase 2 Streetcar expansion design work.

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