I see two letter (one and two) posted today on the Steilacoom school levy and I’ve reviewed the Pierce County Voters Pamphlet. One would get the impression that there is absolutely no opposition (excepting two brave people who dared to author opposition in Bethel and Tacoma [Editor’s Note: Here is a link to an opposing comment posted to The Suburban Times). It’s about children, it’s patriotic and it’s “right” or politically correct… easy to think there’s just one side to this coin.
I always try to see the forest for each of it’s trees, look at all sides carefully and try to make decisions based on fact, situation and effect. I would always be concerned when I sense that there is just one side of a debate or question presented. My fear is that there could be more than a little control built into the present system over the arguments in the voters pamphlets, the type and placement of signs speaking to the vote and in the articles available in the media.
Consider the second side to this coin… the levy they are asking to be supported was presented four years ago. Things may have been much better then for many people. Now a good share of the people out there are struggling and tightening financial belts . I’m often left wondering why government and public service agencies always expect to continue on in a level, if not increasing, arc of travel? It may be a good thing to support reasonable requests, but on that reverse side, could it create a hardship as well? I’m not asking for a negative vote…merely asking for critical and sincere thought before you vote. Think for yourself!