Another Group of Citizens on the LPOSD Levy
“If elections mattered, they wouldn’t let us have them.” ~Mark Twain
Concerning the upcoming levy election:
As I read the many letters in the paper, some vilifying certain people, others waxing rhapsodic about how schools and teachers are sooo special … and yet others throwing out numbers and saying it’s only a few dollars more, we must dig in and do it … it occurred to me that there is another group of citizens we haven’t heard from.
Who are they? Folks living on a fixed income and retired working men and veterans. We don’t have a wad of cash under our mattresses like some pro-taxation advocates seem to think. We are the truck drivers, welders, equipment operators, mechanics, painters, carpenters, and so on. We didn’t get college degrees; we worked with our hands using skills learned on the job. So it rankles when we have to live within our means and we are told to cough up more so the Superintendent can keep making $174,000 a year, bonus and benefits included. Maybe that’s what he’s just gotta make, but it just doesn’t seem right.
Can’t the LPOSD system live within its means? Perhaps they could do with six or seven football coaches instead of fifteen.
Don’t get me wrong! I am not against schools. They are necessary and proper. We need ‘em. But parents who homeschool or send their kids to a charter school or private school are made to pay twice – once for public school and once for the school the kids attend.
As for myself, I have no children, but I am compelled to pay for the education of other people’s children. When a company charges you for a service you don’t receive it’s called fraud. What shall we call this levy?
Whether you agree with me or not, get involved and vote! Let’s make this election matter.