Love it or hate it, Ontario citizens get into sales tax debate

Mention “sales tax” around here and people pay attention. The looming vote on Ontario’s proposed tax is going to be hotly debated in the coming days. Local folks, though, recently showed their interest in learning before arguing, and that should continue.

To the surprise of many, a healthy crowd turned out recently for the Town Hall on the sales tax. More than 140 people sat still for what was in essence a tutorial in government spending. A couple of thousand took a peek as the discussion was streamed live online. The Malheur Enterprise conducted the Town Hall and organized the broadcast, not knowing what to expect. Count us among the surprised.

Too often these days, you hear that citizens just don’t want to know the facts. We hear the country is divided, that people will rely on their own sources of . . .