Last week Pete Wallace wrote to the Press-Citizen that voters should “beware the single-issue candidates,” and that candidates with minority viewpoints should politely stop talking and let the “majority decision” proceed without messy conflict.
This thinly veiled message to vote against the “Hoover candidates” displays a preference for “no issue candidates” and an elitist perspective that is counter to the best of democracy. I urge voters to ignore it.
The “Hoover candidates” have gained support because their message of keeping neighborhood schools open is accepted districtwide and encompasses many issues. Because with an administration and board that does not listen to its constituents, no one knows if their school may be the next to close. Sabin, Roosevelt and Hoover are the first to test the unproven “growing by closing” theory. Will Hills, Mann or Longfellow be next?
Creative destruction is a business school theory that has no place in running a school district. It only empties the inner city and widens the gap between the rich and the poor and makes us weaker as a community.
How can school administrators expect to pass the next bond issue without the support of voters who support neighborhood schools?
The “Hoover candidates” will not politely cower and be quiet. Rather, they are speaking the message that will keep our communities strong and our children well-educated. I am voting for Richman, Hemingway, Yates and Liebig and I encourage you to do the same.