‘Yes’ or ‘no,’ ’tis the question

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, September 10, 2003

&uot;D Day&uot; approacheth apace.

If you think I’m talking about the 1941 waning days of World War II, you’re dead wrong.

The &uot;day&uot; we speak of here is yet to be, with more of a sense of immediacy.

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This is the &uot;Day of Decision&uot; that is slated for next Tuesday, Sept.9.

‘Tis the day when the future of our state will be left up to the electorate.

We’ll either take the road to an enlightened future, says the governor, or remain in the quagmire of the so-called Dark Ages.

It’s entirely up to you, the peepul, which direction the ship of state will take.

If left up to the skipper, Gov. Bob Riley, he would leave the anti-Amendment One sector trailing in the wake of his battleship.

On the other hand, there lie the &uot;no&uot; folks, who appear to have a decided distrust of the legislature, and seem to feel that that elected group will squander the additional money the Riley Plan might raise.

On Tuesday of this past week, the ball was batted back and forth by adherents of both sides in an open forum.

When the &uot;debate&uot; was concluded, it looked like a dead heat, with no definite decision reached.

Throughout the lengthy days of wrangling that have been endured, the polls have indicated that the &uot;no&uot; people will win by a hefty margin. However, the governor says the only poll that counts will be decided next Tuesday by the voting public.

Riley remains optimistic about the final count, and the &uot;no&uot; people feel the same way.

Meanwhile all we have to do is stand and wait.

Then we’ll all, regardless of the outcome, abide by the results of the final count.

Buster MacGuire is copy editor and columnist for the Greenville Advocate.

He may be reached by calling 334.382.3111.