If I had any doubts about whether the Jasper County law enforcement sales tax should be put on the ballot, they were erased after I read the story that will run in the Sunday Joplin Globe about deputies' salaries.
When I found out that one seven-year veteran, Scott Stringer, had resigned his job $25,800 a year job to get a higher salary teaching in the Diamond R-4 School District for $26,000 a year, I said two things.
The first was "They need to pass that law enforcement sales tax."
The second was "Why did he settle for being a teacher? If he's going to work in the Diamond School District, he could make over $40,000 a year supervising the maintenance crew or pull down $35,000 or more annually as a secretary.
I guess it's just a matter of priorities.