I know I shared most of my thoughts on the Sioux Falls Events Center the other day, but there is one more thing which I would like to address before tomorrow’s vote.
In a radio spot which has been playing regularly over the last several days, two women from Sioux Falls meet up in Sioux City and compare notes on the events they have just attended in Sioux City and Omaha. One of the women says that she is “forced” to leave Sioux Falls to attend these out-of-state events.
I understand advertising. I also understand lying. To claim that anyone is “forced” to go elsewhere to enjoy some particular form of entertainment is to abuse the word and to ignore the remarkable freedom of movement which we enjoy as citizens of this country, this state and this community.
Tomorrow, no one is being forced to vote. The next day, no one is forced to remain in Sioux Falls–regardless of how the vote turns out. If the events center comes, no one is forced to attend certain events.
In short, the only forcing going on here is the message. We are being told, by the backers of the events center, that the lack of an events center is allowing people to *gasp* spend money in other states for entertainment services they desire.
Amazing. What next? A parity requirement that any South Dakotan who vacations outside the state must ensure that extended family members from other states spend the same amount of time and money in South Dakota within the given calendar year or the South Dakotan will be prevented from leaving the state for external vacations in the next calendar year?