As the top NCAA wrestlers prepare for their upcoming national championships this week in Oklahoma City, Sam Wheeler, a 20-year-old, student athlete at Kent State University, will not be competing among them. The former Ohio wrestling champion made a derogatory tweet last month about Missouri football star and NFL candidate Michael Sam — who is a homosexual.
By Lee Culpepper
Clash Daily Guest Contributor
President Obama and many homosexual activists have cheered the NFL prospect for coming out during an ESPN program calledOutside the Lines. With the NFL Draft approaching, Sam will soon become the first openly homosexual player in the NFL.
Despite all the hype ESPN has heaped on the headline, the Kent State wrestler held down all the hoopla he could handle concerning the glorified details of Michael Sam’s homosexuality.
Though Wheeler’s Twitter account is now deleted, homosexual advocates immediately began harassing the college kid after he naively tweeted the following: “I can’t even watch Sports Center today cause all they are talking about is [a suspended basketball player] or that fag from Mizzou…”
Later, Wheeler used the word queer twicein response to two individuals who contacted him in protest to his original tweet. Wrapping up his controversial commentary on the issue, Wheeler tweeted, “O geez I got all these fag boys mad at me now.”
As a result of the unanticipated amount of outrage his hasty tweets ignited, Wheeler was suspended from the wrestling team and not allowed to compete in his NCAA qualifying tournament weeks later. The harsh disciplinary action taken by his coach and the university may appear reasonable at first glance, but based on the make-believe fairness that liberals are constantly inventing, this story is literally too queer to ignore.
Liberals habitually look past their own disgusting hypocrisy, but everyone else might find it interesting that Kent State is the same university that has never disciplined its own radically anti-semitic professor and Islamic terrorist sympathizer, Julio Pino.
The tenured Kent State professor has spit out his deep-seated hatred of Jews and Israel with impunity on many occasions. As a matter of fact, in late 2011, Pino maniacally shouted, “Death to Israel,” during a lecture delivered by a former Israeli diplomat. Sure, Kent State’s President Lester Lefton condemned Pino’s remarks, but the university imposed absolutely no disciplinary action.
Furthermore, former Kent State Associate Vice President Thomas Neumann explained the university’s tolerance of Pino’s despicable outburst by stating, “It was not a university event. [Pino] does not speak for the university…”
However, that was far from an isolated offense for Pino at Kent State. The university has alaundry list of anti-semitic statements made by the professor, which includes an allegation that he told a Kent State student during class that “because you are Jewish, you will burn in hell.” Pino’s deplorable xenophobic behavior seems almost infinite, yet Kent State has never disciplined the man.
Now, on the other hand, Kent State has hammered a promising young black student athlete who — at worst — heedlessly tweeted an immature insult related to the sexual behavior of a super hyped NFL prospect.
What is it about homosexuality versus any other sexual practice that inspires homosexual advocates to demand special treatment? Thankfully, the pride of other exotic sexual practices is not routinely flaunted in bizarre parades. Most civilized people are more well mannered.
Regardless, under normal circumstances, the average liberal would surely be defending Kent State’s Sam Wheeler and arguing that he is the victim here. The media has a plethora of news stories discussing black culture and its homophobic influence on young black males. Are Wheeler’s comments not potentially a multicultural matter?
Granted, comprehending all the perverse ideas of fairness spawned by liberals can be quite confusing, but apparently, homosexuality now trumps race and multiculturalism.
What Kent State has done to Sam Wheeler — and never done to Julio Pino — clearly flies in the face of the Obama administration’s recent warning issued to the nation’s primary and secondary schools. According to the Department of Justice, racial disparity in the discipline and punishment of black students is grounds for civi rights lawsuits.
Of course, President Obama has not made a peep about Kent State potentially violating Sam Wheeler’s civil rights. Perhaps Kent State gets a waiver because Wheeler’s case and Julio Pino’s case are matters of higher indoctrination.
The feigned outrage over Wheeler’s tweets undoubtedly has the kid confused. Slang terms have sliding rules depending on the special interest minorities that liberals seek to exploit for votes. I mean, remember Queer Eye for the Straight Guy? There was no indignation over that title or the show itself, which featured a team of queer guys providing fashion tips to uncool heterosexuals. On the contrary, the series was a big success and highly celebrated.
In hind sight, perhaps Wheeler could have avoided this whole mess if he had simply tweeted about his own potentially exotic heterosexual desires or that he hates Jews and supports Islamic terrorists. If he had just tweeted something like that, no doubt Kent State would be trumpeting pretentious liberal nonsense about tolerance or some other gibberish. In fact, the university would quite likely be celebrating the young man’s feelings and anointing him with all-American honors in place of the ones Wheeler hoped to earn on his own this coming weekend.
Fortunately, Wheeler seems like a hard working and promising young man. What a shame he’s been pinned by a frivolous tweet and paraded around by the dubious champions of diversity, multiculturalism, and minorities.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 7, 2015
Area Police Participating in Community Meeting
WAYLAND OHIO - The group REALIZE Firearms Awareness Coalition is pleased to announce that on Tuesday, June 16th, at 7:00 in the evening at Maplewood Career Center, 7085 St Rt 88, Ravenna Ohio there will be a Community Relations – Police Expectations panel taking place. Representatives from area police forces will join REALIZE Firearms Awareness Coalition director Amanda Suffecool in a panel discussion on a wide ranging base of topics.
Sheriff departments from Summit and Portage County will be represented – with Portage being represented by Dave Doak, the sheriff himself. Officers from communities ranging from Akron, Kent and Windham will round out the panel. This will give the listeners an opportunity to see if the issues plaguing larger municipalities also effect the smaller ones, and vice versa. Questions will be posed ranging from drugs in our neighborhoods, to police body cameras, funding, training and the changes in policing in the last twenty years and expectations for the next ten.
Amanda Suffecool, who will be emcee for the evenings 2 hour program stated “ This is a great opportunity for us to ask questions and see what the police are truly thinking. With the uproar of news events from Cleveland, with Rev. Al Sharpton coming to North East Ohio, with the 2016 Republican convention hitting our area – we want to know what is going on, and if our police forces are prepared for it. We want to know that the police are doing all they can to improve community relations, and what that is. We want to know their opinions and concerns and to judge if it matches ours. We want to know what we as citizens can do to improve our personal safety, and that of our homes, families and neighborhoods.”
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As if there weren't enough reasons already not to vote for Michael Charney (for State Board of Education, District 7), here are some more. Alarmingly, one of the issues is potentially a violation of the laws of Ohio.
Failure to File
The Ohio Revised Code (ORC, the laws within the state of Ohio) specifies when candidates for statewide offices (which the State Board of Education district seat is one of) shall file information on contributions and expenditures. The campaign committee for Mr. Charney was required to file contributions and expenditures by July 31, 2014 for the first six months. They filed something on August 1, but it was only a partial list. The final data for this reporting period was not received until August 27, four weeks late. For July, August, and September, monthly contribution reports are due within three business days of the end of each month. Mr. Charney's July 2014 report did not get filed until September 5 (a full month late). Looking for the August and September reports for this year? You won't find them. This candidate has not filed these reports as of the writing of this article.
Failing to meet these simple filing requirements shows Mr. Charney to be incompetent, at best. Whether he or his campaign treasurer (whose name we could not find, if one even exists) is responsible, it is up to the candidate to ensure that the election laws and requirements are met. Whether any election laws were (and continue to be) violated is up the the Ohio Elections Commission to determine, we can only report on what we observe (or, in this case, do not observe). Information was acquired from the Ohio Secretary of State website.
Is there some nefarious reason for Mr. Charney's failure to report contributions on time? Or perhaps he just feels no need to follow the law?
Who is Supporting Michael Charney?
Another issue arose when examining actual campaign contributions. Looking at the campaign finance reports Mr. Charney did bother to file, we noticed a disturbing fact: almost all of his contributions are from outside the district. This means the contributions to his campaign are coming from outside sources... people that do not live in the district. For 2014, a total of only 3.5% of his contributions are from sources within the district and, thus, 96.5% from outside the district. Compare this to Sarah Fowler, who he is running against and is our current board member: 92% of Ms. Fowler's campaign contributions are from residents of this district.
Since the State Board of Education seat is a statewide candidacy, residents in Ohio outside our district do have an interest in the District 7 election. So we sifted through the data and came up with contributions to each campaign from within the state of Ohio. For Mr. Charney, 42% of contributions came from Ohio residents. Thus well over half of his campaign is funded from outside the state! Ms. Fowler has received 99.7% of her contributions from Ohio residents. Charney's in state/out of district contributions came, for the most part, from large population areas such as Cleveland, Columbus, and Cincinnati.
This out of district and out of state funding is significant. Through the end of July, Mr. Charney had raised almost $41,000 ($1,425 from within the district). Compare this to Ms. Fowler, who through the end of July had contributions of $9,318 (all from within the district). So it appears that the residents of this district want to keep Ms. Fowler on the State Board of Education; and outsiders have an interest to install Mr. Charney.
Portage County commissioners have agreed to impose a 0.25-percent hike on the county's sales tax for five years, effective Oct. 1. That will put Portage's sales tax at 7.25 percent, the same as most other counties in Ohio. It will mean an extra penny tax on a $4 purchase.
The agreement came after a 90-minute meeting Tuesday afternoon in which the board heard from Sheriff David W. Doak, municipal court judges Barbara Oswick and Kevin Poland, and others.
A final vote on a resolution is expected to come on Tuesday. If the board approves the resolution by Tuesday, the tax will be collected starting Oct. 1, but the county won't see revenue until after Jan. 1.
Commissioner Vicki Kline said she was glad the board made progress on the issue.
"I don't feel good about imposing the tax, we have to do it, and we have to be very transparent and accountable about how we spend it," she said.
Commissioner Kathleen Chandler said she was concerned that addiction is leading to more deaths and more crime by people stealing to buy drugs.
Commissioner Maureen T. Frederick said part of the reason the county doesn't have money to expand the jail without the tax is because the Kasich administration has cut Local Government Funds to the county by $1.5 million.
"With all due respect, ma'am, the governor is not going to give that money back. It's time to move on," said Jim Smith, who sits on the task force looking at jail needs.
The board has asked for confirmation from the county prosecutor's office on how sales tax revenue can be used.
Commissioners want to make sure the estimated $5 million per year raised by the tax will be used only for "criminal and administrative justice services." Those include the sheriff, prosecutor, courts, clerk of courts and coroner. That category also allows the tax revenue to be spent on rehabilitation and detention services, facilities and operations.
Commissioners have said they plan to use the revenue first to expand the jail's capacity for female inmates. Doak said the jail had 65 female inmates as of Monday and Tuesday. The jail is certified to house 34 female inmates. The expansion would add about 30 beds. Tax money also would be used to add corrections staff to the jail and add at least one new road patrol position on a 24-hour basis.
In future years, commissioners said they want to pursue adding a jail section to include a drug rehabilitation program.
Poland and Oswick, like Judge Becky Doherty last week, argued for imposing the tax rather than putting it on the November ballot for a three-year term.
"I don't think we can wait until November or wait a year to try again when it fails," Poland said. He also argued that three years is not enough to develop a track record of how the tax is being used.
Oswick agreed, saying "nobody I've talked to thinks (the tax) has a good chance of passing." Both said the number of drug incidents, overdoses and drug-related deaths require immediate action by the board.
Poland noted there were six overdoses in Ravenna and two elsewhere in the county in one night last week. All eight victims survived, thanks to quick action by emergency responders.
The number of fatal overdoses, particularly from heroin, has skyrocketed in the past two years. Heroin was noted as the cause of 14 out of 22 fatalities in 2013 and of 18 out of 27 fatal overdoses last year.
Attorney George Keith warned against waiting to take action because the county could end up with a federal court order.
"We may end up with an alligator we can't begin to wrestle," he said.
He said judges do a good job of identifying people who end up before them who need help. While there are programs out there, they are overcrowded and it takes time for people to get in.
"If we don't do something immediately, some of them are going to be dead," Keith said.
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Mogadore, Ohio - The Portage County TEA Party challenged the claims made by Portage County Commissioners and Judge Becky Doherty in today's Record Courier. The story says, "Commissioners and other elected officials have said they see little voter support for raising the tax. And public interest was almost nonexistent at three public hearings to explain the tax." It also quotes Judge Doherty as saying, "They understand, they just don't care. That's why I don't think it should go on the ballot."
Portage County TEA Party Executive Director Tom Zawistowski said "The idea that no one in the public will come to a meeting and that Portage County residents "understand, they just don't care" is not only false, it is an insult to the good people of this community who do care deeply about the drug issue and will do the right thing with the right leadership. My proof is the June 16, 2015 meeting just held at Maplewood Career Center to discuss Police Community Relations in which over 150 citizens attended and the main topic was the Heroin epidemic and the need to build a new jail. People were stunned by what they learned and are ready to act to build a new jail. They don't need the Commissioners to "impose" a tax on them because the Commissioners and Judge Doherty think they are to stupid to understand or to lazy to act. The fact that the Commissioners can't get anyone to attend their meetings is an indication of how out of touch they are with the people of Portage County. They never called or wrote to the Portage County TEA Party and asked if they could meet with our group on the issue. Why? What other groups did they approach about the meeting? Did they really want citizens to participate? The fact is that they are derelict in their duty as Commissioners if they try to "impose" this tax just like they did the tripling of the license plate fees, where the used the courts to keep the Portage County TEA Party from putting that on the ballot. The PRIMARY job of the County, by our County Charter, is public safety. The jail and the Sheriff's department should be funded FIRST in every budget out of the taxes we already pay but it is not fully funded by their choice. The Commissioners use the Sheriff's Department like the schools use sports and busing to force citizens to agree to taxes they should not have to pay. Despite their failure to do their duty, the Portage County TEA Party knows that the citizens of Portage County will do their duty and pass a tax increase - if it is limited to 5 years. The reality, is that the commissioners are trying to use the jail issue as a way to permanently increase their budget and that is why they don't want it on the ballot. They must put this to a public vote."
Zawistowski continued, "I personally served for a time on the Jail Expansion Committee, put together by the Commissioners, to explore ways to fund a badly needed addition to the jail and I told that Committee and I told Sheriff Doak at that time that the Portage County TEA Party would aggressively support a five year quarter percent sales tax hike like the one used originally to build the jail. I went further than that and said that I was confident that we could get the community to support such a tax increase at the ballot and that we would commit to do so. My frustration was that they would not put it on the ballot. We should have been building the new jail by now but they would not act."
The TEA Party is not a political party but a grassroots cultural movement. The movement is educating American citizens about the Constitution and the uniquely American form of self-governance that has made our country so successful. Through this education, the movement is attempting to re-define what it means to be an American citizen, by encouraging individual to vote, to run for office and to attend government meetings in their area so that they can participate in their self-governance. The acronym TEA stands for Totally Engaged Americans.
PORTAGE COMMISSIONERS CONSIDER IMPOSING SALES TAX
By Mike Sever | Staff WriterPublished: July 17, 2015 4:00AM
Portage County commissioners may vote to impose a one-quarter percent sales tax, rather than waiting for voters to turn it down in the November election.
Thursday, the board debated the need to move ahead now to raise the sales tax from 7 to 7.25 percent on most sales. The hike would mean an extra one cent tax on a $4 purchase.
The tax would raise an estimated $5 million per year with money focused on building new jail facilities to relieve overcrowding of women inmates. The tax would also be used to add to the road patrol of the county sheriff's office and eventually, fund some drug treatment and rehabilitation programs to help stem the flood of drug addiction in the county.
Commissioners and other elected officials have said they see little voter support for raising the tax. And public interest was almost nonexistent at three public hearings to explain the tax.
Judge Becky Doherty, who is working to get a drug court certified by the Ohio Supreme Court, said commissioners should impose the tax.
She said she has talked to people about the problems drug addiction is causing for the county courts and jail system.
"They understand, they just don't care. That's why I don't think it should go on the ballot," Doherty said. She said she tries to keep addicts in jail as long as possible.
"I can keep them locked up until their head clears enough to decide they are ready for treatment," she said. "We need to keep them in a position they are not a threat to themselves or the public," Doherty said.
County Prosecutor Victor Vigluicci said the county jail has medical staff, but it is not properly staffed or equipped to handle a drug rehabilitaion program.
"We're running a detox center now, by default," Vigluicci said. The county lacks a long-term solution for inmates, he said.
"We can't arrest them, put them through arraignment and cut 'em loose -- they're just going to commit more crimes or kill themselves," he said.
Commissioner Kathleen Chandler said she's very frustrated by the lack of public concern.
"There are so many addicts out there, it's only a matter of time before they are in your house," she said. The only hope of reducing the demand on jail space is for the county to offer some intervention, Chandler said.
"If we do nothing," and people continue to overdose and die, "then it is our responsibility," Chandler said.
During an hour-and-a-half discussion Thursday, commissioners Chandler and Vicki Kline indicated they are willing to consider imposing the tax while Commissioner Maureen T. Frederick said she was reluctant to vote to impose. It would take a unanimous vote of the three commissioners to impose the tax.
"To me, it does seem like a dastardly deed to not give voters a chance to vote on it," Frederick said.
Kline said she was torn on the issue.
"I believe voters need a choice, but personally I don't think it will pass," she said.
Auditor Janet Esposito, who was a county commissioner when the county built the jail 20 years ago, suggested the board impose the tax but for a limited time.
"I would not ever vote for a tax for $5 million a year for a continuous time. I'd rather you impose it or not," she said. "But I would vote for a tax for $15 million over three years."
That would give enough money to meet most of the immediate needs, she said. But it would not give a continuing source of revenue to pay for needed additional jail staff, said Todd Bragg, head of the commission's budget office.
Kline said the time-limited tax "is a good compromise."
The board is scheduled to discuss imposing the tax at its Tuesday session.
If the board does impose the sales tax hike as an emergency measure, voters could put the tax to a referendum by filing petitions signed by at least 4,079 county voters.
Allow me to respond to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Reg Henry’s column in your paper concerning why conservatives believe as we do. His William F. Buckley quote, suggesting that conservatives are people who stand in the way of history shouting “Stop”, is intentionally misleading. The full quote continues as “yelling Stop, at a time when no one is inclined to do so.” In other words, conservatives do not go rushing forward based on emotion or illogic, but instead have the courage to stand up to the crowd and say “Stop, you are headed the wrong way” when necessary.
As in, “Stop borrowing $1.2 Trillion dollars per year to pay our federal expenses.” As in, “Stop government from spending beyond OUR means; it will end in disaster.” As in, “Stop government from restricting our business and industry with over-regulation because you are killing jobs, killing our economy, and destroying the future of our children.” All while liberals keep yelling, “Go, go, go, faster, faster” with no clue or concern about the ramifications.
His attempt to paint conservatives as obstructionist is also untrue. It is the conservatives who are offering real solutions while the left is in total denial. The Democratic Senate has offered NOTHING for three years, while the conservative House has passed dozens of bills that would cut government spending, encourage private sector growth and allow for robust job creation. It is the President who is obstructing the governing process by refusing to work within our system.
His suggestion that conservatives want to take the country “back to 1788,” that our idea of freedom is “letting companies and powerful individuals be completely free of all restraint,” and that we are against all taxation - is again untrue. We believe in the Constitution as it is today. We believe that government should be the referee in the business marketplace, but that the people should decide the winners and losers - not government. We are the ones who have been paying an ever-increasing tax burden all our lives, while a growing number pay little or no taxes. We want good roads, quality education, strong police and fire, and a strong military. We will pay taxes for that, but we want VALUE for our hard-earned money. We are NOT getting value for our money, we are getting ripped off by many who have taken advantage of our generosity. Most of whom do not have the common decency to be thankful for that support, but instead attack the producers and taxpayers as “not paying our fair share” and demanding that they are “entitled” to our support.
In short, Mr. Henry, conservatives, including those in the TEA Party movement, believe in common sense. That 2 + 2 always equals 4. That you live within your means. That you are responsible for your life and whether you succeed in life. That the only real rights you have are granted by your God, not by man. That you stay out of your neighbor’s business and that they stay out of yours. That you take care of your family and friends when they need help. That our job is to be productive and government’s job is to stay out or our way. That businesses are good because they produces jobs, economic growth, and all tax revenue, and that government’s job is to create a safe, business-friendly environment so that can happen. That anyone who does not believe as we do, does not understand what made America great, does not believe in the Constitution, and should not be involved in our government.
Perfect Day Provides Perfect Start For Liberty Camp for Kids:
The 1st Annual Liberty Camp for Kids kicked off today with 46 children ages 6-10 gathering at the Portage County Historical Society facilities in Ravenna. Perfect weather made it a perfect day for campers as they got to throw boxes of TEA into Boston Habor while yelling "No taxation without representation." Childeren got to wrap their feed in cloth and put them in a pool filed with ice, so they could understand how tough it was for the revolutionary war soldiers to march through the snow and ice without boots. They learned that the color blue on the US Flag stands for Justice and that the flag should never touch the ground. They played games, began work on their own Almanac, they learned about he battle of Yorktown and they were introduced to a Native American fort like what indians may have lived in a thousand years before the 13 colonies were ever formed. The camp runs every morning for the remainder of the week.
Thursday, 23 June 2011 12:14
Kyle McDonald - RECORDPUB.COM
Rootstown School District employees have agreed to a wage freeze for the upcoming school year. Superintendent Andrew Hawkins predicts the new agreement will save $120,000 as the district searches for ways to cut costs while facing a budget shortfall.
Hawkins said the “total wage freeze” affects all employees, including teachers, administrators and classified workers, and is the third consecutive one-year pay freeze.
After $450,000 in cuts that include teaching jobs and field trips, the district still faces a $600,000 deficit.
NEXT PCTEA FULL MEMBERSHIP MEETING IS: TUESDAY, JUNE 23rd at 7:00 PM at Maplewood Career Center
Why YOU need to run for School Board this Year!
Lots of things are important in life, it’s just that some things are more important than others. While it is important, and even exciting, for some to talk about all the Presidential candidates, the reality is that we are more impacted by out of control government locally than we are federally. All the flawed policies, and wasteful spending, that the federal government implements, are implemented by your state and local government. Common Core being one egregious example.
Instead of taking up your time watching the “bright shiny object” of the Presidential races, particularly in 2015 when nothing they say changes anything, we need to recognize a critical opportunity to do something that is much more important and much more attainable in 2015. We need You to run for school board in your local area.
Now it has always been important for your movement to try and take back our schools by taking over the school board and we have been successful in some case in doing that. However, this year the stakes are higher than ever. Why? Changes in the teachers retirement system.
The State Teachers Retirement System changed the rules a few years ago and is now going to calculate teacher and administrator retirement benefits based on the five highest years of income instead of the three highest years. The result being a lower base rate. Plus they have changed the rules about who can retire and when. The result being that many teachers who don’t retire in the next two or three years will lose approximately 11.5% of their annual income for life. That’s a huge incentive for teachers and administrators to get out now and that is exactly what is happening.
Why is that important to Conservatives and why does it make winning school board seats more important now than it has ever been? Well as conservatives, we are concerned about taxation. A large part of our property taxes go to school districts. (Even if you rent, you pay the property taxes through your rent, the landlord doesn’t pay them!) In 99% of school districts, those taxes only go up, they never come down. Even when we have less students, they spend it anyway. While we have been successful in defeating some levy renewals, we have not had enough success, because the schools would often make a case that they could not survive any cuts because their expense kept going up. Uninformed people in the community believe it, and therefore, we have been able to defeat new levies but not renewal levies. However, that is all about to change - if we take action NOW.
It is critical that we win school board seats this year, because all of these teacher and administrator retirements are going to save school districts millions of dollars in salaries. These retires are the highest paid employees in the schools and they are going to be replaced with young teachers who should cost about 40% of what the old teachers were making. So, for example, one school district in Portage County announced that they have 18 teachers retiring this year. Each of them cost the tax payer $100,000 per year or more in salary and benefits - yea the 20% you pay above their pay for health insurance and for their retirement that teachers like to pretend is not part of their salary. So, that school district is going to save $1.8 million next year and then only have to spend $720,000 to replace them. Saving $1.08 million per year for years to come. That is only the beginning because more teachers will be retiring next year and the year after that. For this small district, the saving will come out to over $3 million per year! For big school districts, it could be much more!
Now, do you think the unions are going to let the school board give that money back to the taxpayers like they should? Of course not, they are going to spend it all. They will be demanding not 3% annual raises but 5% or more until it is all gone - because the school board can afford it! Unless we act, the school board will do it, because they are all former teachers, the husbands or fathers of teachers or former administrators. Once again the fix will be in UNLESS we do something about it!
With these savings, school boards should be in a position to not even put some renewal levies on the ballot. We will be able to argue for the first time that they don’t need the money because of all the retirements. But it will be a lot easier if we are sitting on the school board with a majority and we can vote not to put the renewal on the ballot! Otherwise they will keep putting them on the ballot multiple times and lying to the tax payers until they are passed despite the fact that they don’t need the money!
They are already laying the groundwork. One of the administrators in our area has already been quoted as saying “Districts will save money with the lower salaries of beginning teachers, but will have to increase the supervision and monitoring in the classroom”! So, let's get this straight. Even thought they graduated from college and are certified to teach, and the superintendent hired them because they are qualified to do the job they hired them to do, we are going to have to pay to hire more high paid administrators to “monitor” these new teacher because they really aren’t qualified! Got it? Yea right. This chart shows that the biggest problem in public schools in the ridiculous increase in non-teaching staff:
It gets worse. In Avon Lake Ohio the citizens were dumb enough to just pass a 10 year renewable levy!! Isn’t that interesting. Why would they do that? Why would the school board recommend that? Well, now when all those teacher retire, they won’t have a levy come up for renewal for 10 years, during which the Union will distribute all that money to teachers and administrators so when it comes up for renewal, they can plead poverty AGAIN!
This is why YOU must consider putting yourself on the ballot this year to run for School Board. If you are on the school board, you can decide how this money is spent, or if it is returned to the tax payers. The deadline is the first week of August to put your name on the ballot. You simply go to the Board of Elections and flll out a form. You may need a few signatures depending on your county, but never more than 5. The election is in November. So, from August until November you have to get out and ask for the community to vote for you.
Now, School Board races are what they call Non-Partisan, meaning you don’t run as a Republican or Democrat or Libertarian. Second, most school board have five members. Depending on your school board, their may be three seats up for re-election or there will be two. When you run, all candidates are usually running for all the seats. So, if their are two open seats, the top two vote getters win the seats. We need to get as many of us to run as possible and even if you are not up to running, you need to find someone who will and help them win by going door to door for them and asking your neighbors to support them. Best of all, these are low cost races. You need some signs and materials to hand out when you go door to door and perhaps a robo call or two.
Just know, that the Union is thinking the same thing. They will use your tax dollars, extorted through forced Union dues, to fund their Union candidates. They have databases of every person in your community who will vote yes on just about any levy. They will work to turn out their vote for Union candidates and you have just got to out work them and take those seats.
I wanted to spell this out for you so that you had time to consider running, or to find someone to run who has great name recognition in your community and who you could support. This is why the TEA Party exists. To cut taxes and hold people we elect accountable so that they spend our hard earned taxes wisely. This year is the year that we can really make a difference. Litterally, in many cases, if you could cut property taxes by not renewing a levy, it could make the difference between a senior citizen on social securty being able to keep their home! They are being force to sell their homes because they can not affort the property taxes and their social security income has not been increase in years. Let’s make the choice to take back some of our money this year and help everyone in our community without hurting the students at all! Run for School Board!