RE: Building community takes a village
Original post made by Ro on Apr 3, 2009
on Apr 3, 2009 at 7:23 pm
Stacey is a registered user.
"Perhaps in their adulthood, they will make good choices based on fairness and equality for all!"
It is certainly a good hope. It is also hoped that a vote on Measure G will also be based upon fairness and equality. Flat parcel taxes like Measure G are highly regressive. No one can opt out of paying the tax just because they've taken a 100% pay cut (layoff) at their job. Where's the fairness in that?
on Apr 3, 2009 at 8:03 pm
The letter the poster mentions is a beautifully written letter and worth typing in full.
"It takes a village.
"I have always believed in that statement. I have chosen to not have children and I have never had a problem paying taxes to support a school system that teachers other people's children. I believe the children of my community should be educated; that is what makes the world better. Right?
"Well now the community I have chosen to live in needs more money to support the schools here, the schools where other people's children g to learn to make the world better. Are these the same people on my street with a couple of kids that attend school? Are these the same people that now want me to pay out more money to educate these children? Are these the same people that had a sign in their yard ruing the last election to vote yes on Prop 8?
"Now my village wants me? Needs me? Now my second-class citizen status does not seem to matter? My money is good enough, but my relationship is not? I will pay my parcel tax. In fact, I would pay more than my village is asking because I do believe it takes a village and I am part of that village. Remember that next election, people of my village. Margaret Fuquea"
I wish the original poster had taken the time to share Ms. Fuquea's full text. I don't support the parcel tax, but I also did not support Prop 8. Ms. Fuquea, you are welcome in my part of the village.
on Apr 3, 2009 at 11:41 pm
PtownMommy is a registered user.
I would like to personally thank you for your continued support of our children's education. We need more people with your generousity in our community (city, state, country).
I find it very sad that even in 2009 people are still so close minded. I am a happily married mother of four and was very passionate about Prop 8. It makes me angry that same-sex marriage is still such an issue. We all deserve equality.
When I read your letter this afternoon I knew I needed to comment. I want you to know that there are people that appreciate your contribution and support.
Let's hope that the village is more supportive/tolerant/open minded of equal rights during our next election.