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Neighbors Growing Together | Oct 24, 2014

The great Mt. Pleasant debate

May 23, 2014

To the editor:

A few years ago, on a totally unrelated issue, the American people were told by a leader in the U.S. House of Representatives that, “We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what’s in it.” Maybe not the exact words, but it’s close enough to get the point across.

In a letter to the editor, in the Mt. Pleasant News of Friday, May 16, 2014, Mr. Dave Helman makes this comment, in regards to reaction to the controversial measures being proposed by the MPCSD School Board and district administration, “A bond referendum is not even on the table. This bunch wants to kill any such initiative before it is even proposed by the school board.”

The issue, call it a referendum or whatever you’d like, was on the table and proposed by the school board and district administration when information was first published in the Mt. Pleasant News. Like any other issue to be voted on, debate from both sides should be allowed and in fact, encouraged. Can it not be seen that the purpose for which information is published is so that debate can take place? The school board and district administration published the proposed changes with the hope of gaining the support of the community. Perhaps even getting it “passed” before it comes to a vote. Should not those in the community who oppose, not all the changes but at least some, also have the right to voice, publically, our opinions? Or, are we to vote these measures in and then discuss the details?

There are parts of the proposed changes that I support — air-conditioning the elementary schools is one. But there are much greater needs in our district for which the rest of the proposed $30 million spending plan could be used — getting our schools off of the “Schools in need of assistance” list, is just one.

I want the children of our community to be comfortable, at minimum physically, in our elementary classrooms, but I cannot and will not vote to approve $30 million in spending (read – property and other tax hikes) of which most will be on some seriously misplaced priorities.

I would encourage all parties to listen carefully to all sides of the debate. And please, all sides, let the debate continue!

Mike Scudder

Mt. Pleasant taxpayer

 

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