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Measure Q — a personal historical perspective

“I will only endorse a school bond — if I believe that every viable stone (of resources) has been overturned.”

This was my declaration 12 years ago, while campaigning (for what became the first of three terms) as a trustee on the Board of the Ramona Unified School District.

Now, 12 years later, still holding the same beliefs and after personally turning over many “stones” resulting in the expense reductions of approximately $10 million annually (not even counting inflation), I am recommending this bond measure, as it falls within my belief of “limited government” and provides local control for the families of Ramona.

We pay now; they pay later

Our children, the students, those who are presently enrolled and those who shall be enrolled in the future, need the best possible education that can be created. They are the ones who will control the future, both theirs and ours. They will have to compete and earn their way in the world economy of the future, and they will pay for both their and our future. We pay now, and they pay later.

Who is Measure Q really about?

Every time the Ramona Unified School District (RUSD) wants to raise your property taxes, they or their supporters eventually use “the children” as their motivation for doing so. They desperately want you to envision vulnerable children suffering greatly if you don’t hand over your cash.

Measure Q helps support strong future

By Robert Grace, Mike Jordan Sr. and Mike Saavedra Ramona Unified School District has a long history of supporting Career and Technical Education (CTE), which was called Vocational Education for many years. Our Automotive program is nationally recognized and has provided a strong technical foundation to hundreds of students, many of whom are now employed [...]

Questioning school district’s Measure Q

So here I sit going through my mail and what do I find — the first political mailer for the Ramona school bond.

Now I could gripe about the use of limited budget dollars being used to produce this mailer, or the fact that they are using you and I to pay for the mailing of the info-flier of a political nature, (using nonprofit postage for the mailer), but that is all too easy and, well, will generate a lot of argument in either direction.

Vote Yes on Measure Q

Measure Q will give Ramona residents an opportunity to put our money where our mouth is. We say we love our beautiful, rural community and the advantages of clean air and clear views. We say we support the charm of our small businesses and shop locally. We say we love our kids and want to provide them with every opportunity for happiness as children and success as adults.

Support school bond; let district focus on education

My husband, myself and our two youngest daughters were living in a less than ideal neighborhood and within a matter of months my oldest would be starting school. I was concerned about what that experience would be for her.

I knew that this was a defining moment in our lives and that it would lay groundwork for my children’s educational future. After much research and nearly deciding on moving to Austin, Texas, we happened upon a community right here in San Diego County. The schools were rated high, the neighborhood was relatively crime free, and the people were ­— different.

Homeownership vs. government education

It is unfortunate that homeownership and the funding of government education are at odds with each other. Because we have allowed government to tax our property, we have also allowed government to take our property.

Because government has gotten too big and too intrusive, it now demands an excessive amount of our resources to sustain itself. Because we have foolishly tied the funding of government schools to the taxing of our homes, our home ownership is at risk from a school system and a government with an insatiable appetite for our money.

Simple answers exist; they’re just not easy

“Rajcic, what do you think about the Common Core State Standards?” This a question I am often asked. A summary of the findings of the 2014 PDK/Gallup Poll may be of interest. (Phi Delta Kappan Magazine, September 2014):

1. 80% of Americans have heard about the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Sixty percent of Americans oppose requiring teachers in their community to use the CCSS. Opposition among Republicans is much higher than Democrats.

Ramona: A town that supports children

In 1978 while searching for a community to raise their three children, my parents took the drive up the hill and made their first trip into Ramona.

They traveled along the giant, tree-lined main street into town and, in an effort to get a flavor of the community, they stopped at Kountry Kitchen for a hearty breakfast. It was there that my parents began to interact and talk with many of the locals who were also out eating breakfast.

That morning, each local patron spoke highly of Ramona and what a great place it was to raise a family and how supportive the community was of children. Based on those interactions (and, I think, the delicious biscuits and gravy), my parents made a decision before looking at even one house that Ramona was to be our family’s home.

That choice was one of the best decisions for our family. Thirty-six years later and while currently raising our four children in Ramona, I still think it’s a great community to raise a family because of our community’s support of children.

Ramona has a history of supporting children in the community. Walk into almost any business or office in Ramona and you can find plaques adorning the walls, thanking community members and businesses for their support of local youth programs. Each of these programs would struggle without the financial and moral support provided by this community.

My parents owned one of these businesses years ago. I always felt I was a lucky kid to have parents who owned and operated a doughnut shop, KD’s Doughnuts. I felt this way not just for the warm glazed twist I would get to eat hot out of the oven, but because through this business our family was blessed to get to know so many community members.

Over the years, my parents as business owners were oftentimes asked to donate either doughnuts or money to support the community’s youth in these local programs. My parents would answer the call for support time and time again. They did so because they wanted to give back to the community that supported their children and family. This was their way of supporting other children and those community members who donate their time and talents to run these programs on behalf of the children in Ramona.

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