Monday, February 27, 2012

Yankton Opt Out Election, The Sequel

I do not know if Flora Knodel is a member of COBRA Command We The People Yankton (WTPY), but she seems to express their sentiments quite well when she asserts: "We cannot afford an elite school system" because "instead of the taxpayers realizing an overall decrease in property taxes, we face another opt-out vote to essentially have a net increase in our property taxes."

No one from the WTPY has spoken to me.  My wife said they sent us a mailer telling us that they weren't opposed to teachers.  She didn't show me the pamphlet, but I'm guessing they left out the part that explains that their efforts will mean that some teachers will lose their jobs, and that those still employed will have to take another long term pay freeze.  Further the group's emails indicate that WTPY seems intent on having teachers pay more for insurance.  They may not oppose teachers, but they certainly want them to have less money for the foreseeable future.

More importantly, WTPY apparently drew the organization's name from the Constitution's Preamble.
We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
If WTPY wants to "establish justice", the rendering of each his or her due, they should explain to the current students why students who graduated 10, 20, or even 50 years ago were due an "elite" education while the students currently in school are not.

Reviewing that last paragraph made me realize that WTPY seems intent on denying current students one the "blessings of liberty" that the Constitution ensures for the young of each generation.  I guess it's possible that WTPY doesn't view education as a "blessing."

WTPY may have taken their name from the Constituion, but they seem perfectly willing to ignore Constitutional principles.


yanktonirishred said...

I'll never understand this town Leo. I know this...I'll be sending my son to Gayville/Volin in 2 years (if we even choose to stay). I just can't justify sending my son to school in a town where Education is an afterthought to a majority of the residents.

I am so sorry for all of you educators that are doing your best every day.

Anonymous said...

What WTPY choose to forget is EVEN if the school district were willing to say, make the teachers pay 50 percent of their insurance premiums... the teachers are in the first year of a two year contract and they don't renegotiate until next year for the 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 school year. So for basically a year and a half the school district can't change the plan. WTPY utter and complete lying morons.