Every day a Town meeting occurs at this website. The number of commentors is a low percentage of the number of actual visitors who read the articles at this site. There are no harangues and no glaring stare-downs. Consider the possibilities.
Bert: “(you) might be suprised to find that your conspiracy theory is not valid.”
Ernie: I hope all of you realize what has happened in the Town of Woodstock. The Board of Education is in the process of spending alot of money to sue the Town Of Woodstock and the Woodstock Academy. They have unilaterally decided that Prop 46 is illegal because it prevents them as Agents of the State from providing a proper education because of a lack of funding. They are telling the Citizens of Woodstock who have repeatedly voted to support Prop 46 to shove it. They are seeking legal recourse to get their way because they lose at every vote and every cheap tactic they pull. When the one thing the BOE refuses to do is study their own budget and make the necessary cuts without hurting the quality of Education. I hope the BOE realizes they are out on a limb. As Public Officials they have deliberately presented a budget which is in violation of a legal Town Ordinance. They should be personally liable for all funds spent on their lawsuit. Woodstock is going to pay three times for this legal manuever. Money by the BOE to sue, money by the Town to defend 46, and money spent by the Academy to defend itself, Woodstocks share will be 40% of the Academy bill. Margaret Wholean is the Chief Elected Offical of this Town and her responsibility is to enforce all ordiances and rules of the Town. She is in favor of this lawsuit and I await to see her do her duty and defend 46. People of Woodstock there is something to be said of following the law and abiding by the Citizenâ€™s votes at the ballot box, its called living in a civilized society. You are encouraging the breaking of the law and the ends justifying the means. I believe you will lose this battle and rue the day you chosen to behave like this. Education is a legacy we give to our children and the current public education system is failing miserably. The Teachers Unions and the Education Mafia only care about their special interest group, money and power. This not really about money because the money is there and the BOE canâ€™t look under the carpet and expose all the waste. They must defend the status quo and just seek more money. After all money solves all of lifes problems. Isnâ€™t that how you deal with your childrens problems, just give them all the money they want. Why do that with BOE who have been proven so incompetent and arrogant. Citizens of Woodstock wake up and say no the these people. Demand accountability and answers.
Bert: Mr. Wetzel, The BOE is not telling the Prop 46 supporters to â€œshove itâ€?. They are merely upholding their end of responsibility which is to provide a state mandated educational program which Prop 46 does not allow for. You have to expect a give and take, a battle and a counterbattle. This is the way the system works and the way in which any debatable issue needs to move in order to reach resolvement. Townwide voting is only the beginning of the process. Just because a majority of people voted to keep Prop 46 does not make it legal, nor does a vote gaurantee that there will be no counter actions. Although the electorate has a powerful voice, it is not the be all and end all. Read the rest of this entry »