Letter to the Editor for Tuesday — April 27, 2004

• Schools, vote


Schools, vote

Our State Senator, Gary Hooser, wrote a Guest Viewpoint explaining why he followed the straight Democratic Party Line and voted against allowing the citizens of our state to vote on proposed changes to our Public Education System.

In it, he states, I believe that the people are best served when public policy decisions are based on facts and open debate on the issues.

Fact: The public school system is broken. Even the BOE admits to this.

Fact: It is unlikely that the same “old boys/old girls” can fix it. It is hard to teach old dogs new tricks.

Fact: The best way to encourage widespread debate would be to put the various options on the ballot and let the voters decide.

Fact: The legislature has chosen to pander to the labor unions, bureaucrats, and “experts” and leave the entire mess where it is — with some cosmetic changes as a sop to the voters who are clamoring for real change.

I voted for you, Gary. I expected better than just another lackey toeing the party line. Perhaps that was too much to expect.

I don’t know what to do with my vote in November.

Stan Godes

Hanalei

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