Here’s a great tongue in cheek solution (at least I think it is:) to Highland’s revenue problems that could even be “better” than eliminating the common day of rest which has always been part of Highland but is now viewed by some as limiting our freedom. Thank you TJ for this brilliant proposal.
Rather than discussing opening of businesses on Sundays in Highland (a relatively unimportant topic), I think we should take a serious look at changing the local speed limit laws. Serious consideration should be afforded to a proposal that Highland remove ALL speed limits. This is not really an issue about anything other than "freedom" and "choice". Not only would Highland citizens have the "choice" to travel at any desired speed, but this would also bring more “freedom” because of the increased revenue to Highland.
There are many ancillary benefits to consider—travel times, reduction of police force, reduction in signage etc. But do not overlook the much larger benefit. This novel concept will bring large amounts of revenue to Highland. People will come from all around the country to see how fast they can race through our neighborhoods. There will be all kinds of formal and informal racing. There will be all kinds of cars too. These races and exhibitions will bring crowds to Highland. The crowds will need food and gas and other goods and entertainment. To capitalize even more, Highland could open a number of specialty car shops to help people get the most out of their vehicles.
We can anticipate that Highland will become the center of attraction in all of Utah! Imagine the money that will flow in from branding, productization and even reality TV shows. Our success will convince surrounding communities to FINALLY legalize gambling so that we can enjoy even more revenues that have so benefited other states. The potential revenue is much more than $400k annually. Initial estimates are in the millions of dollars. This is BEFORE giving consideration to the revenue from potential big sponsors ... like Wal-Mart or Smith’s.
The money is simply too good for Highland to turn away. We need all the money we can get. This would solve Highland’s debt problems. This would eliminate any need for property taxes. Our children would receive the best education. More money is always better. There is really NO downside here.
Of course, there may be a few people ... probably only a couple really, who like their roads safe and quiet. They will try to oppose these few particular points of the laws being altered, but change is necessary in a growing community. They may even try to raise the argument of the "danger" associated with removing such a law. They may try to say that the laws are there for our benefit and are based on sound judgment. But the danger they cite will be somewhat abstract. If they try to cite as evidence some obscure religious beliefs or predictions from an esteemed leader, we will know that they of frenzied minds and are religious zealots.
We should be free to choose! No matter what argument is given, we know, we all know, that if there will be any harm it will be to the people who "choose" to drive fast. If someone thinks it is dangerous, we will persuade them to simply drive slowly, or don't drive at all. It is their choice after all. Whether one chooses to drive fast and another chooses to drive slowly will not impact anyone else and to say otherwise will inhibit "choice" and "freedom".
By eliminating the speed limit laws, Highland will become a shining example, not only to the state and surrounding communities, but also to our children! By voting to change this law, we will show them what "choice" and "freedom" are all about. We will also reinforce in them the importance of making decisions based solely on the amount of money that can be earned. In this way, they can enter adulthood understanding what is truly important.
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