Hard to know who supports Measure B

I don't have a problem with someone opposing Moraga's Measure B. What I do have a problem with is the anonymous nature of the opposition.

There was no official argument filed against the measure. But now we have signs and mailers filled with lies and misinformation, with no one taking responsibility for them and no one to contact with questions. Why "stand" for something when you won't take responsibility for your beliefs?

A functioning democracy requires open debate and transparency. So I say to the person(s) hoping to defeat Measure B with anonymous scare tactics: If you are too much of a coward to tell the public who you are and why you believe as you do, then shut up, take your signs down and stop trying to frighten people into serving your personal interests.

Mike Bernhardt

Moraga

No on 'B;' parcel taxes don't work

My grandmother's favorite sayings was, " They showed us the horse then gave us the mule."

This reminds me of the promise of Measure K, the 2004 parcel tax hike that was to "secure the future" of Moraga schools.

Moragans should preserve and protect their legacy of educational excellence. It is one of the reasons Moraga is a desirable place to live. Moragans have traditionally passed parcel taxes to support schools. This time it is different.


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Voting No on Measure B does not mean you don't support schools or teachers or education. It means you realize educational resources are limited and every effort needs to be made to assure resources are distributed correctly. School finance is a zero-sum game. A win for one group (administrators) is a loss for another (teachers and students).

Voting No on Measure B means voters realize the old method of funding education -- reliance on parcel taxes -- doesn't work anymore. Despite all of the promises, the reality is parcel taxes can be used for anything. And the risk of a stampede of administrators pouncing on parcel tax revenue then "cashing out" on our legacy of educational excellence is too high.

The 2004 Measure K parcel tax was permanent — it never goes away and is passed from one generation to the next. If voters continue to approve this reckless form of school finance, the Moraga School district will be brought down to its knees and its legacy will be more about how one generation passed debt and the requisite education cuts that accompany this debt to future generations.

The Yes on B camp is pulling up No on Measure B signs. What satisfaction does one derive from interfering with the democratic process? Are they satisfied with the mule?

Vote No on Measure B. Demand the horse!

Jim Kreuger

Moraga