Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Last Word Before the School Board Election

A key part of Candidate and School Board Chair George Thole's re-election strategy has been to tell voters about how he'd "sell" local voters on supporting the upcoming school levy.

Thole's strategy, he says, is to convince local voters that the levy is a mere 'replacement' levy, not a demand for more of our money. The implication is that local families will not be asked to give up any additional money when the next levy comes around.

Thole is wrong of course, because the voters will be asked to pay the school levy in addition to an 8% hike in local taxes they face because of the conservative policy coming down from St. Paul. Plus the GOP's regular fee hikes, plus the tobacco tax hike, plus the ongoing conservative policy of shifting the tax burden to local communities.

Thole's "strategy" is ultimately based on the notion that local voters can't count.

If Thole is re-elected, I hope he is successful in his efforts to beg more money from locals already facing Republican tax hikes. School services shouldn't suffer just because Thole has such a low opinion of voter intelligence.

I wonder if Kate Carlsen will get any write-in votes tomorrow? I hope not, but maybe some voters will resent the way that better known "stealth" conservatives like Thole and Rheinberger shouldered Carlsen out of the primary and prevented a true grassroots conservative from appearing on the ballot.

Let's vote!


At 12:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bill, I voted for you today. I think it's important that bring bring balance to the board.

At 12:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What's scary to me is that I know people who in the past would never have voted for Thole, but in this election, they are voting for him because they believe the levy will not pass without his leadership. Leadership? He didn't show any leadership on the last levy, so why does anyone expect him to do so this time around? For those of you who have not voted yet today:
Education has changed, and the district needs to move our students into the 21st century. And you think Thole can do that???

At 3:51 AM, Blogger Christopher said...

From the Pioneer Press:


Newcomer Kathy Buchholz and incumbents Roland "Bud" Buchman and George Thole came out on top Tuesday night in the race for three spots on the Stillwater school board.

Buchholz, a 48-year-old Afton resident who is a former science teacher and an active school volunteer, handily garnered the most votes.

Buchman, 77, a Stillwater Township resident and school board member for 29 years, came in second. Thole, a 66-year-old retired teacher and Stillwater Area High School football coach, placed third.

All three will serve three-year terms on the board.

Challengers Mike Redmond of West Lakeland Township and Stillwater residents Tom Nacey and John Rheinberger lost their bids.

At 12:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Stillwater school district is doing very well today, and under the leadership of Superintendent Pat Harvey, Saint Paul public schools has posted some good news in the past two years as well.

Stillwater returned it's "conservative" incumbants and added another.

Saint Paul elected a straight ticket of Saint Paul Federation of teachers endorsee's with "progressive" credentials aplenty.

Pat Harvey was forced out by the people who were re-elected and those who did not stand for re-election this year.

Let's see how each district fares in the coming years shall we?

Any bet's?

At 2:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually, Swiftee, Stillwater voters returned an incumbent liberal, an incumbent conservative and elected a liberal to replace a seat vacated by a liberal.

At 11:47 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Then just what the heck is the problem over here in the fever swamp?

Honest to God, this site contains the most cryptoclastic jumble of nonsense I've ever run across!


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