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Letters to the Editor

September 11, 2011

LTE - 5 letters on bond issue


DUNCAN — Jana Lockhart


Playing the ‘save-the-children’ card

To the Editor

I received in my mail a 6x11-inch postcard which, according to the card, was “Paid for by Move Duncan Forward.” MDF insists we “must” come up with $41 million to “ensure” the future of our children. I have noticed the tax and spend crowd always plays the save-the-children card to justify expenditures which are not otherwise justifiable.

Previous promotions from MDF and others minimize the huge total by claiming it will only cost a fraction of a sent of property value and, by implication, state that anyone not willing to part with a few cents is a selfish scrooge.

This is the Salami Game: A little slice here, a little slice there and no one notices until the salami is gone.

This is how it’s played by MDF

• Recite that the “investment will be used to finance measures which will guarantee the wished-for future for those children. I have noticed “investment” is the code word for “tax and spend.”

• Tout several brick and mortar features — repairing facilities, constructing new class rooms, etc., which will “ensure” the wished-for result. Has it ever been show by anyone that brick and mortar will in fact ensure any future?

• Imply “touchy-feely” features — improving the student educational experience, giving students the best educational environment — will “ensure” the wished-for result.

• Assert the “investment” will impel business owners to come to town and bring money/ That is surely the most unfounded assumption of all.

Is any “investment” going to make “more” perfect the long list of students who have a grade point of 4.0? Are we now being asked to pay more to get the same result? What is the point of gilding the lily?

Thomas R. Weaver


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