Letters to the Editor

Trustee takes his vote seriously

The “ vote “ is the mechanism that a free society uses to express an opinion and/or make decisions that impact upon peoples lives.

I do take my vote on the school board very, very seriously.

About the vote and allied miscellany:

An ”ABSTAIN” vote indicates one may be ambivalent or mildly opposed to a proposed policy. An “ABSTAIN” vote does not rise to the level of opposition of the “NO” vote. When there is a tie vote, an “ABSTAIN” vote in essence is a “NO”vote.

A “NO” vote indicates you are opposed to a proposed policy.

A “YES” vote indicates you are in support of the proposed policy.

The “PRESENT” vote is a great vote and used in the Congress often. It is tabulated as an “ABSTAIN” vote but is more nuanced. It may mean different things to different people, particularly those who have a very vested interest in the proposed policy and the way it is written.

The “PRESENT” vote indicates you are present and are familiar with the proposed policy and support the general intent. The intent may be to keep the organization financially viable.

A “NO” vote would signal that the organization is financially viable when the “facts” presented indicate it is not financially viable.

A “YES” vote indicates that you are not only in support of the general intent of the proposed policy but also of the way it is written and the proposed implementation plan when one is not. Thus the “PRESENT” vote is an appropriate vote.

One may also  be familiar with an inequity but not familiar with important antecedents leading to the proposed policy.

The “PRESENT” vote is not a question of ambivalence but of opposing facts. It was introduced for its “shock” value and to invoke questioning and curiosity — which apparently according to some it has.

Experience is not the best teacher. It is the experience of others. I learn something new every day. Many times it is what I learned the day before was wrong.

I am agnostic about a lot of things, but not the value of a good education. I am thankful to be on the school board in my twilight years. I will try, along with my colleagues on the school board, to leave the Ramona schools in a better place for education than when we found them.

Every kid deserves a good school. Change is not an event; it is a process. We can all do better.

John Rajcic

Ramona

Let’s get this band back

I would like to thank the Ramona Bluegrass Festival Committee for bringing “The Hot Club of Cowtown” to town.

Their brand of Western Swing music is unique and outstanding. Lots of musical artists are described as “high energy” these days. Hot Club does it without lights, smoke, strobes, or dancers. Their high energy comes from their love of playing, their exceptional musicianship, their relationship with the audience, and their stylings.

After hearing them for the first time Saturday night (May 4), a friend of mine searched their website for future performances and was trying to figure out if he could see them in Alaska in a few months! They are that good.

Let’s figure out a way to get them back to Ramona next year.

David Van CLeve

Ramona

Let’s get this band back

I would like to thank the Ramona Bluegrass Festival Committee for bringing “The Hot Club of Cowtown” to town.

Their brand of Western Swing music is unique and outstanding. Lots of musical artists are described as “high energy” these days. Hot Club does it without lights, smoke, strobes, or dancers. Their high energy comes from their love of playing, their exceptional musicianship, their relationship with the audience, and their stylings.

After hearing them for the first time Saturday night (May 4), a friend of mine searched their website for future performances and was trying to figure out if he could see them in Alaska in a few months! They are that good.

Let’s figure out a way to get them back to Ramona next year.

David Van CLeve

Ramona

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8 Comments for “Letters to the Editor”

  1. Jane Tanaka MD

    Dr Rajcic– I ask you this respectfully… could you give us details about what parts the proposed imposition you did agree with, and what parts you did not agree with, for clarification?
    And is it true that the RTA is trying to sue the Board/Administration currently over the amount of pay being cut over the last two months of this school year? And were the legal ramifications of this, and the legal expenses anticipated by the Board when they voted yes on the imposition?
    Also why is it that board members keep saying that THEY cannot reopen negotiations,but that the RTA can… and RTA says that this is untrue?
    Thank you.

  2. Sandy

    It amazes me that the RTA makes it sound like they're doing all of this for "the children." It's about the money and benefits plain and simple. If you don't like getting dirt under your fingernails then don't become a ditchdigger. My kids teachers didn't do that great of a job. There are some great teachers. Teachers do a mediocre job on students as a whole but, individually? If it weren't for my wife and I keeping vigilant, our kids would not have done as well as they did. Few returned emails, misplacing my kids assignments, not entering completed homework. While picking up my kids I'm amazed at how quick some of these teachers leave before students even start funneling out. They couldn't survive in the real world.

    • Sam

      One of the best comments I have ever read in response any high profile subject. A true down to earth assessment from a parents prospective.

  3. MWorkman

    I have thought long and hard about the "present" vote on the most important issue this school board may EVER face. Agree or disagree, the rest of the board had to vote. That is what we elected them to do. Mr. Rajcic chose to make some sort of statement that only he seems to understand. He failed the people who narrowly voted him on to this board. Period. He failed the children. These are not the times to simply occupy a chair on this board. It's unacceptable for anyone on this board to fail to read materials presented. This man apparently thinks we are going to sit tight while he plays games with our children's education.
    Those of us with children attending school in this district have a lot at stake in the months and years ahead. Perhaps the electorate of this community has risen from our sleepy haze and realize we HAVE to pay attention to who we vote in to local office. We need a board who is engaged, informed, and brave enough to vote on issues that have immense impact. He needs to be recalled before the next board election and we need board members who are courageous enough to tackle the tough issues and seek solutions, not pathetic word play.

  4. WHOMEVER,

    MY VOTES HAVE MEANING….I VALUE EDUCATION….LEAST OF MY CONCERNS IS BEING RECALLED. I ,PROBABLY, MORE THAN OTHERS HAVE EXPRESSED MY OPINION AND VALUES IN THIS NEWSPAPER OVER THE PAST 18 YEARS. MY GRANDCHILDREN BENEFITED FORM THEIR EDUATION HERE IN RAMONA. I WANT ALL CHILDREN TO SUCCEED. http://WWW.JRajcic.com

  5. Amazed

    Stay classy Rajcic… Really, all capitals? Your response speaks volumes. If your skin is this thin, perhaps another hobby would be better suited to your temperament.

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