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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