The most important thing is to vote. Whatever your inclination. But if you’d like an opinion, here is mine.
I’ve wavered on the proposals for over a month. And I am going to vote yes on them all. I will suport the millage, because we can’t risk having the resources for the best education possible for as many kids as possible. Yep, there is mismanagement. Yes, there are additional cuts that must be taken. But in the end public education is vital for a positive economy and a future for our kids. I have no kids, I pay taxes in two school districts, I don’t like conventional education, so what am I getting in return? The best possible system we have so far. It is still a good system, and absolutely vital for Michigan’s future but most importantly the future of those kids who don’t have other options. It is a very very small price to pay.
I will also support the charter amendments. Frankly, this issue has gotten bizarre. Right now the public notices are being published in the Washtenaw Legal News. Not a publication I read or plan to read. No one I know relies on these public notices to be informed. And yet somehow, people in Ann Arbor are very well informed. We pay attention. We have some great new news sources, and more emerging.
Yes, a public record taken by a third party is important. But that can still happen. The charter is now archaic. It needs to be updated to reflect the present reality. Requiring print publication is actually holding us back.
The robocalls – I’ve gotten 11 so far – are anonymous, make false accusations, and have certainly influenced my opinion AGAINST their message. Today they claimed this amendment would result in further loss of my home’s value. That’s absurd. And implying that a half way house would move in next door and the rest of it was equally insulting. If lying, non-local, harassing people are against this amendment, you can bet I will give it a second look to find a reason to support it. And that wasn’t hard at all.
The argument that homeless people and senior citizens will be left in the dark is also insulting. How many of them have read the legal notices in the Ann Arbor News? That would seem a low priority for someone without a place to live struggling to survive. And our seniors are mostly very computer savvy, and again – who among them is actually interested in the legal news or reading the current paper that is publishing this info.
I support the charter amendment.
I will also be happy to trun out to vote for my Friend Mike Anglin for 5th ward council person. We may nto agree on everything (Argo Dam being the largest thing likely) but I respect his attitude and approach. He deserves another term.
But vote. Please. It matters.