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My own opinion: Ralph Waggener on the tax
'I hear people say that it is unfair to say this is for our children. Well, I'm sorry, but, yes, this is the only thing this is about. In my mind, I would feel guilty not voting for the nickel tax; and, yes, because it is for the children.'-RRW
By Ralph R. Waggener
This is my answer to Mitch McKinley about unfair taxes:
The only fair tax is one that you are not paying. No tax seems fair to anyone who is paying it. I understand your feelings.But the people that hurt by not building the new school are the teachers and principals and the students who seem to be doing an outstanding job, not the school board.
I totally agree with you that this is not the way we thought the new high school, that was built to look like a prison and down in a hole, would replace the old high school. No one was told that the old high school was going to be remodeled and used. Was the deception there by the school board? It seems like it. That is in our past. Both you and I and everyone else are responsible for letting things like this happen.Whether tax passes or not, it's our job
to see that school board gets the most for our money
If we pass the nickel tax and we probably won't, then it's our fault if we don't see to it that the school board gets us the most for our money. Our media should ride the board so that it opens up and keeps us informed as taxpayers on exactly what our tax dollars are spent for. I believe it is the superintendent's job to ride herd over this project and get us the best deal possible.
Now, the school board's defense is that they have to satisfy the Kentucky Department of Education Division of Building and Grounds on what they pay and how they can build. And I know they have a problem doing this.
To the people who don't want the nickel tax to pass, I understand where you are coming from. I don't like to see waste and I like to be informed. I just think we as taxpayers and parents need to help our school system by passing this tax. And yes, I think we should demand to know what is going on when the building is built. I am not always satisfied with the answers we get from government officials.
I have a lot of respect for what our teachers, students, principals, and coaches are doing. They are winning contests and standing tall for Adair County and they deserve our help.
This is my own opinion.
I am not connected to the school or any committee.
s/Ralph R. Waggener
PS: I hear people say that it is unfair to say this is for our children. Well, I'm sorry, but, yes, this is the only thing this is about. In my mind, I would feel guilty not voting for the nickel tax; and, yes, because it is for the children.
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