That would be Measure T, an extension of a one-eighth-cent sales tax that supports our library system in Stanislaus County.
County voters approved the tax back in the 1990s and have twice extended it. To do otherwise would practically do away with the library system we now take for granted.
Because it’s not a new tax but simply approval to continue what we are already paying, passage of Measure T would seem to be a trivial matter. But because a two-thirds approval is needed at the polls, plenty of effort is being made to convince voters to support the measure.
One such effort is being expended by the Patterson Friends of the Library. You might have observed its members handing out literature or explaining Measure T from tables set up outside Save Mart. They aren’t asking customers to sign anything, nor contribute anything to the cause — except their “yes” vote June 5.
And just how much is an eighth of a cent in sales tax? Well, on a $100 purchase, it’s just 12½ cents. Some people don’t even bend over to pick up that much from the sidewalk.
Oh, those sirens According to a news report, crime is down in Patterson.
But to the average person hearing the blaring sirens of late, our officers certainly aren’t getting bored.
Maybe we just have crime on the run.
New owners pay visit
As announced last week, pending the completion of paperwork, the Irrigator will have new owners.
H. Lee Wilcox and his wife paid the newspaper a visit early this week. They make their home in Southern California but reportedly will soon move to Tracy. I didn’t have the opportunity to meet the Wilcoxes, set to become the newspaper’s 10th publisher in its 100-year history, but extend them a warm Patterson welcome.
Another turns 90
Let’s add Patterson resident Victoria Orozco to our 90-plus list. She was born March 24, 1922; moved from Calexico to Westley in 1953; and four years later settled in Patterson. Her 10 children, and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren, got together to celebrate her birthday.
But, sadly, we must drop Julia A. Perez, who was added to the list just last week, shortly before her death.
The list count remains at 63.
Back to learning
To meet the challenge of continuing the education of our readers, Fast Talk offers the following bits of knowledge:
n A cat has 32 muscles in each ear.
n February 1865 is the only month in recorded history not to have a full moon.
n If the population of China walked past you eight abreast, it would never end, because of the rate of reproduction.
Now, don’t you feel more intelligent?
More foreign signs
Here are a couple more signs in English in foreign lands.
In a Nairobi restaurant: “Customers who find our waitresses rude ought to see the manager.”
In a dry cleaner in Bangkok: “Drop your trousers here for the best results.”
For the sports fan
Remember the old days, when basketball referees enforced the “palming” the ball rule?
If enforced now, the rule would add at least six hours to every round-ball game.
Here’s a quote from our old friend Anonymous:
“Talk is cheap … except when Congress does it.”
And a final thought: How could it be April already?
• Ron Swift is editor/publisher emeritus of the Patterson Irrigator. He can be reached at email@example.com.