Wisdom from the Web
On the Vail Daily Web site, you can comment on each story or editorial you read there.Here, we publish excerpts of those comments:Re: Wisdom from the WebWow. So, let me get this straight: You really think that the entire country would be better off if public education just went away and parents could use the tax money to seek out their own, personal education solutions? Um, can we talk about the definition of inefficiency? The rich people would all get together to create great private schools, and all the poor people would have to home-school their kids (which, clearly, would not go very well). You’re talking about how “the liberals” have created a pit that poor people can’t climb out of, but it seems to me that denying children the opportunity for a good education is far, far worse.I’ll be the first to say that the education system is very broken, but that doesn’t mean I don’t think it’s a good idea. Perhaps not a Constitutional right, but given the ideals that the country was founded on (e.g., moving away from a hierarchical society), probably a national right. It’s going to be a long road to fix education, but it’s not like it’s irretrievably lost.I’m sure you think I’m a “bleeding heart liberal,” but I really, honestly think I’m just a liberal-leaning moderate. There are a number of issues that I lean conservative on (like the privatization of social security). I can’t fathom how anyone could consider their own personal welfare to be so much higher in importance than the basic welfare of his/her fellow citizens. At the end of the day, I want every single citizen to have (approximately) the same opportunities that I have had. I’m not afraid that, if I reach out my hand to help someone, they’re going to pull me down or use me to vault ahead of me. I have confidence in myself and in American equality.Re: School to ask for $128 millionHow is the new charter school, Stone Creek Elementary, managing to open in a brand new building without asking for any additional money from our local taxpayers? It is my understanding that Stone Creek does not even get as many tax dollars per child than our local public elementary schools.What is happening here? Why is the Eagle County Charter Academy still in trailers after 12 years and Stone Creek is starting out in a new building with a cafeteria?Maybe it’s time we taxpayers check out the budgets from the Eagle County School District and see where our tax dollars are really going. It would certainly help if the district posted their minutes on their website. Maybe they don’t want us to know what’s really going on.Re: Parties cull their candidatesSarah Fisher will lose because Edwards will be seen as keeping at least some balance to the Board of Commissioners. We need to elect Edwards this year and then elect another more fiscally conservative commissioner in two years. If we elect Fisher this time, we will end up with three liberals who will try to bankrupt the county.Re: School to ask for $128 millionThis new tax is way too much. They can’t justify all of this new construction. We don’t need all of these new schools today. We need to send a message to these irresponsible people and just say no to both this tax and Menconi’s new baby sitting tax. Just say no to additional tax burdens in November!