As talk about a possible levy referendum in Rochester ramps up, the opinions are starting to come in about education spending. Rochester resident Dale Stowers wrote a letter to the editor about this, explaining that he feels the looming levy question leaves him in a no-win situation.
I think he poses an interesting question, not only to Rochester residents but also to those living in other communities that are considering a referendum. How does my regular reader respond to this? Here's the letter from Mr. Stowers (which also appears in today's paper:
Regarding the commentary in the Post-Bulletin on Feb. 24 from Rochester art teacher Michael Carson:
I am advised to endorse this school district's current leadership. I am urged to stifle any and all negative opinions regarding such. I am asked to vote for the school levy in spite of my convictions and forego my freedom of speech to express my opinion. I am painted as an enemy of the students of Rochester if Ido not vote yes.
If I vote yes on the school levy, the school board and the overpaid superintendent and cabinet would assume they have my tacit approval of the way things have been run in the past few years. This is not the case, and I will not vote for a school levy to allow the administration to continue the status quo. This is the same old song and dance with a different singer.
Former Gov. Jesse Ventura said it best: "Education in Minnesota is like a black hole that will never ever have enough money."
-Dale Stowers, Rochester
What do YOU think?