Letters from opponents of Measure E display anger that seems out of proportion with a parcel tax of less than $10 per month. When the Weekly editor expressed disappointment with the defeat and compared opponents to Tea Party members, opponents expressed outrage, said they were "insulted," proceeded to fling false charges of dishonesty, hurled a sequence of "dogsults," and issued an "F grade." If it walks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, then I can see how some of these people might be mistaken for Tea Party members.
Most of the opposing letters did not address specific provisions, but cite complaints that Measure E wouldn't fix. Yes, out of a large pool of retirees, 15 receive very large pensions (from Calsters, not from PUSD). Yes, many Measure E tactics seemed kind of stupid: expected return on investment, political consultants, statistical "predictions," key constituencies, etc. -- this is what you get when you run a school system like a business.
Some complaints were flimsy distortions of the truth: It is not false to say that Measure E failed when a majority voted for it, Measure E strategies were not the Weekly's to "fail to" disclose, and "honestly gauging what voters want" would be more séance than science -- and an open invitation for more accusations.
One consistent thread is the refusal to support a parcel tax, even for education, as revenge for -- whatever. As we watch our government and services collapse around us, this position is reminiscent of a medieval doctor's prescription: "The floggings will continue until the patient improves." This destructive attitude must be replaced by constructive solutions for the problems that we all face today.
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