Letter-Questions people’s willMr. Sjoberg states in his letter of May 10 that “…the obvious will of the people” and “We the people…have spoken.”
By: Jim Schrock, Hudson, Hudson Star-Observer
Mr. Sjoberg states in his letter of May 10 that “…the obvious will of the people” and “We the people…have spoken.” If we accept that position, then the current recall and now election for governor then becomes a sham. The people had spoken, and like or dislike him, Gov. Walker won the election. Many people were dissatisfied with the “will of the people” and mounted a campaign designed to change the results of what “the voters had spoken.” Some precedents are being applied in this situation, and I believe there is a valid comparison to the school property referendum.
As a relatively new resident to Hudson and the area, I made it a point to become an informed voter prior to the school property referendum; in spite of my efforts, I have found many things “after the fact” that make me question whether the outcome was based on full voter knowledge of all the options available that were not fully mentioned in the forefront. Some of these would include (what I have been able to ascertain) a previous referendum to purchase land near the soccer fields (that I am told is utility serviceable), the construction of the current high school that was engineered to allow a second story for expansion, and not thoroughly exhausting all options before spending what may be unneeded taxpayer dollars (and creating a tax base loss).
I do not believe that the will of the people is the issue, but rather the will of the informed people. This taxpayer and supporter of the best education we can provide for our children says this: school board, make do with what you have to work with. The building does not educate the children, the teachers do, and if you have not solicited input from the hands-on teachers as to how to make it work with what is available, then you are remiss in your duties to find solutions.
Jim Schrock, Hudson