Anti-measure forces their own worst enemy

I recently received my absentee ballot for the special election in Lafayette for Measures A and B. Both deal in funding for local schools, and both continue parcel taxes that are scheduled to expire in June 2015. Neither measure contains an expiration date.

The arguments presented in the voter materials in favor of both measures clearly describe the overall reasons why the measures are being presented, how the funds would be directed and how the use of the money collected would be monitored to ensure their appropriate use.

What shocked me was in the literature opposing the measures. Rarely have I read such a collection of disjointed, embarrassingly bad rants, especially in the literature that is supposed to provide the public with clear, thought-out arguments, both pro and con. These sad examples of intellectual diarrhea present the most compelling argument in favor of continued and increased funding of public education, hopefully creating the next generation of young citizens who can actually think coherently.

It is also clear that whoever penned the opposition's position lacks even the most basic of argumentative skills or logical construction. Perhaps this individual wasn't afforded the outstanding educational opportunities that a well-funded school can provide. With that sort of opposition advocacy, these measures should pass with a landslide.


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Kevin Lewis

Lafayette

Ballot Measures A, B deserve support

As a teacher for nine years in the Acalanes Union High School District and a parent of two boys in the Lafayette Union School District, I have seen firsthand the support our community provides to our local schools through existing parcel taxes.

When the Great Recession hit and state funding of schools was slashed, both districts were saved from having to make dramatic cuts to the quality of the educational programs offered to students thanks to local parcel taxes. Now, due to changes in the manner of how the state funds our schools, Lamorinda schools continue to require local funding.

Without raising taxes, Measures A and B would allow the Acalanes and Lafayette school districts to keep valued programs, maintain low class sizes, replace outdated technology and attract and retain the best and brightest teachers in the state. Please join parents and teachers in voting Yes on Measures A and B.

Michael Buchel

Acalanes High School Teacher Springhill Elementary Parent Walnut Creek