If I get elected to the Duluth School Board to save our schools, after eight
years worth of well intentioned idiocy, it could be like winning a deck
chair on the Titanic. Our schools are foundering and in one year, two at
most, they will probably sink to the bottom of the Atlantic.
Weíve got high school classes
with 50 students in them. For Godís sake when I was in high school and a
teacherís orders were obeyed like the word of God I never had more than 32
or 33 kids in my classes.
We have 1,800 children who have
fled our schools since I began fighting the Red Plan and all its shiny new
schools. Now the Edison School, one of the sanctuaries for our refugees, is
about to start a new high school and suck another 600 secondary school
students away. Secondary kids are a more important source of state tax money
than elementary children. Our new ISD 709 schools will empty out like water
from an open drain.
On top of the Red Plan exodus
and a the threat of a new Edison high school we are about to lose
two more legs from our schoolís tottering financial table - legs that my old
school board attached to keep our schools strong and solvent.
The first leg is
a locally approved operational levy which first came into existence in 1993.
That was the year I convinced Robert Mars to help win over skeptical Duluth
voters to pass a local levy.
That levy was almost too good to
be true but just like today it faced an angry distrustful public that agreed
with Mark Twain when he said, ďFirst God created idiots. That was for
practice. Then he created School Boards.Ē Thank God the voters werenít
The 1993 levy got our schoolís 3
million dollars from the state for 1 million in local dollars. That was
sweet but it was even better than that. All we had to do was vote
for one million to be raised from our property taxes. Our School Board
didnít have to raise the local taxes. Just voting for them was all Minnesota
required to keep the stateís three million. Is it any wonder I was able to
persuade Bob Mars to change is opposition to a levy referendum?
I lost that, my third campaign
for the School board, but my contribution allowed the School Board to build
up a Second leg
, a permanent reserve which allowed us to avoid borrowing money and even
earn interest on money in the bank. We earned a million dollars of it yearly
and it all went into the classroom. That reserve began to be spent down with
the coming of Dr. Dixon and his Red Plan. Dixonís School Board drew it down
at a rate of three million a year for seven years. Imagine what will happen
when its gone next year when we finally have to cut another $3 million from
If I get my sorry butt elected to
the Board with 1. NO levy because the voters are furious and, 2. NO reserve
fund and, 3. A new high school on the horizon - it will only be a matter of
months before our District is bankrupt once again like it was in the early
1990ís. Now as then the State will take over our trashed schools and Iíll be
as useful as one of the Titanicís deck chairs lying in the muck under the
I love our schools. As a school
board member I visited them every week and read to our children. Iím the
product of a public school education. I wouldnít volunteer to go back on
this sinking ship if I didnít think we could bring it safely into port. But
I canít do it without plugging up the hole left by the Red Planís Ice berg.
I need air in the ship to keep it afloat and only the voters can blow it in
when they go to the ballot box with their vote this November 5th.
I know how I feel about Mark
Twainís idiots who sailed into the iceberg putting our children at risk. I
personally spent $20,000 trying to get the Board to change course only to
see them speed the Titanic up by adding another $60 million dollars to the
overall cost. They called that ďcompromise.Ē Now that the band is playing
ďNearer My God to TheeĒ theyíre out on the deck waving our children at me
and expecting me to stop the tragedy. Damn them. They took half a billion
dollars of mine without a vote, built fancy schools against my advice, only
to see Duluth families leave in droves, and now they have the gall to tell
me it will be my fault if we let our remaining children drown? Damn them
Hereís how I want you to look at
it. I want you to go to the polls mad, just like me, but I want you to use
your head not your betrayed heart. Letting the Titanic sink wonít spare us
from repaying the half billion dollar bill to the banks. Weíll still be
paying it only the Titanic will be sunk and our children drowned. I know
that voting for a levy referendum seems like throwing good money after bad
but its not. Its making sure that good money, half a billion dollars of our
good money, isnít wasted. Yes, our idiot School Board made us buy a white
(Red) elephant but now we have to make sure it doesnít starve to death. If
that happens Iíll go down with the ship like a good captain but it will
break my heart.
We owe it to ourselves to make
the Red Plan work. We have to pass a levy. For most of us it will cost a
couple hundred dollars a year. Wrong! see
correction Thatís a damned unfair, dirty deal after
having our money and our votes stolen from us by the Red Planners. But if
we donít pass the levy the Red Planners will have added one more injury to
their insult. Iím too mad to let them get away with that. I wonít abandon
our tiniest passengers because of an idiot School Boardís ignorance and
vanity. Stay mad with me but use your head. Donít compound the foolish
decisions of the School Board by making my terrible predictions come true.
Save the Duluth Schools. Vote for the levy.
I left the School Board eight years ago when we had some of the smallest
classrooms in the State of Minnesota and our students tested higher than the
rest of the state. Help me bring that back.
Correction. This was a rough
guess on my part which I did not check. It turns out that a home valued at a
quarter million dollars will face about a sixty dollar tax increase. Most
Duluth homes will face a lower property tax increase.
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