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April 25, 2013

Letters to the Editor – April 25, 2013

Facts why voters should support WISD bond proposal

Dear Editor,

The people at Citizens Against the WISD Bond have quite the storytellers on their side of the fence. They have crafted a masterful tale – one where the administration of WISD overspends, is overpaid, and has earmarked tax payer money for useless spending with no oversight. To hear them tell it they are the only ones being reasonable, just average citizens looking out for the everyday interests of taxpaying residents. This couldn’t be further from the truth.

Fact – athletic and career components to the bill are primarily for safety concerns. Four hundred students travel from campus to campus every day for activities related to the points in this budget – travel that is unnecessary and outside of a safe-school zone.

Fact – the over-65 tax exemption will not suddenly disappear because of this bond. Regardless of what the folks on the “No” side want to claim, the homestead exemption for folks over 65 is solid and not going anywhere.

Fact – Weatherford ISD teachers are underpaid. All teachers are underpaid. Bonds cannot increase teacher salaries though – it is both impossible and illegal. What bonds can do is make the environment that teachers are working in safer, roomier, and more technologically advanced so they can continue providing exceptional education to students in the district.

I encourage you to read more about the above issues and what else is included in the bond at facebook.com/wisdbondpac.

Fact – The main opposition that coalesced to fight this bond is not a faceless group of concerned citizens. They are people who think that money is above the law, and more valuable than the livelihood of the next generation. They are people comfortable in anonymity but afraid to show their faces and subject their real motivation to scrutiny. The problem here isn’t oversight, or administrative pay, but the value of their dollar in their pocket at the end of the day. Bullies and greed should not determine the fate of our students, and misinformation and propaganda belongs in Washington, not in Weatherford.

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