Don’t support a record of failure
Dear Editor:I have been accused of being a self-interested businessman, but the simple truth is that I look at the school district as a business and the decision to vote for the bond could well be put in a business, rather than pure emotional, perspective.Suppose that you owned a business and had contracted a company to provide services. You feel that company’s services had been inadequate for several years. You go to the director of the company and ask that changes be made to the services that you are paying for. The director assures you that he is an expert in this business and he knows what is best for you. You give the director more time but meanwhile you observe that some divisions of the company are losing up to 40 percent of their workers every year. Among the workers who left are your absolute favorites and they tell you that they just couldn’t work for the management at the company any longer.You go to the director, who tells you the real problem is the poor building that these people work in that produces the poor results and the high employee turnover. He says that he has a plan to build a new facility and that will solve the problems. He just needs you to give him the money to build it. And not to worry, the building will enhance your town so that your business will benefit even if the company hasn’t done anything to improve its own performance. In the meantime, an outside auditor has declared this company to be an “underperformer” and many of your neighbors don’t like the building plans, to boot. So, what do you do, Mr. or Ms. business person? Give this company money to build uncertain new facilities or demand accountability first? As a businessman I find the answer obvious: I want real change before I to give more of my money to business with a proven record of failure!In this real life case we actually have a second decision to make. Ballot question 3B asks us to give a small raise to those employees that we love and want to keep. Please vote yes on 3B but no on 3A.Artie RothmanCarbondale
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