The truth is that a fair share of those that are opposed just plain and simply don’t want their taxes to increase, and that is OK as that is their prerogative. However, the formal opposition seems reluctant to outright admit that it is all about their wallets, so they are preying on people’s fear and disgust with the current national political scene to sway them their way – attempting to paint a picture of unscrupulous administrators and rogue board members, which is not OK in my opinion. Their hatred for the current presidential administration and congress is being extrapolated to our community. This is not a game we can afford to play. Let me rephrase that, this is not a game that our children can afford for us to play. Our administration and school board isn’t full of a bunch of Washington politicians, Wall Street fat cats or corporate cronies. They are passionately involved community members that care about our children’s future. Are you?
I am well aware that there are many that will oppose this bond for various reasons unrelated to the almighty dollar. They are people that support education, our community and a brighter future, but maybe they just don’t agree 100 percent with the proposed bond. This is also OK as it is their prerogative. However, simply saying “no” gets us nowhere. Offer suggestions and ideas – please become part of the solution, not the problem. We can all agree that the capacity, technology and security issues need to be addressed, so please help address these issues by becoming involved in the discussion rather than naysaying without any constructive criticism.
We live in a period of uncertainty where we are bombarded with constant negative news media – on TV, in the paper, in e-mails, in blogs, on websites, on Facebook, etc. But, I beg of you, please look at your community through a more reverent lens. Let’s focus on the positive things that we can influence and create by doing the right things now. It is easy to get caught up in our own emotions – especially when we are under a constant barrage of information with negative political overtones (this bond opposition being no different). Sometimes it is hard to sift through the noise to find the truth.