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BALANCE: Ignore scare tactics

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Posted: Saturday, May 18, 2013 12:00 am

In support of its liberal school board candidates (Christa Hazel, Dave Eubanks and Tom Hearn) Balance North Idaho is circulating an email to voters raising red herring questions and making false claims against the current school board.

Red Herring Question/False Claim #1: Should Boosters be able to control their own funds? Boosters have always controlled their own funds. Who doesn’t want trustees who fulfill their statutory duty to decide whether and how money is to be spent on school issues? Somebody has to be in charge of steering the ship, and that’s the board of trustees.

Red Herring Question/False Claim #2: Do you want Sorensen Magnet School’s successful, creative curriculum offering to stay? This question contains the false claim that the current board of trustees does not support Sorensen and its curriculum program. This is utterly false. The current board has always supported Sorensen and has assured the public that it will continue to do so.

Red Herring Question/False Claim #3: Should our kids learn beyond just Rote Memorization? Again, the question implies a claim about the board that is not true, i.e., that the board wants all education to be by rote memorization.

Why is Balance North Idaho using scare tactics? Why didn’t their candidates raise these issues at the two candidate forums if they are real concerns?

AILEEN KOLER

Dalton Gardens

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5 comments:

  • whatwillbe53 posted at 8:42 pm on Mon, May 20, 2013.

    whatwillbe53 Posts: 178

    wasted time chasing your imaginary rabbit. All the board was saying is that affluent people push their financial weight around. To avoid, all donations go into a blind account and get distributed among all the sports programs. I would include all clubs including music and art so all programs get equal footing.

     
  • straight up posted at 2:10 pm on Sun, May 19, 2013.

    straight up Posts: 967

    "Why is Balance North Idaho using scare tactics?"

    Easy Answer, see Saul Alinski's Rules For Radicals:

    The rules

    “Power is not only what you have, but what the enemy thinks you have."
    “Never go outside the expertise of your people.”
    “Whenever possible, go outside the expertise of the enemy.”
    “Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules.”
    “Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.”
    “A good tactic is one your people enjoy.”
    “A tactic that drags on too long becomes a drag.”
    “Keep the pressure on. Never let up.”
    “The threat is usually more terrifying than the thing itself.”
    "The major premise for tactics is the development of operations that will maintain a constant pressure upon the opposition."
    “If you push a negative hard enough, it will push through and become a positive.”
    “The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative.”
    “Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.”

    "Balance North Idaho" is about as freakishly large an Oxymoron as one can ever hope to encounter.

     
  • Idaho42 posted at 5:38 pm on Sat, May 18, 2013.

    Idaho42 Posts: 7

    Maybe Mrs. Koler (Duncan Koler's wife) should look at the board meeting minutes from 3/4/13 before she claims that #1 on her list is false. http://cdasd-id.schoolloop.com/file/1232371357230/1245730941402/9015577048415155418.pdf

    Look under page 4, halfway down under Finance Report. Looks to me like Booster's do have a reason to worry and they shouldn't trust anything this board does or say.

    Voters should be very leery of any candidate that has an association with Duncan and Aileen Koler as they always have an agenda and it usually isn’t good for our kids or community.

     
  • Shocked posted at 11:54 am on Sat, May 18, 2013.

    Shocked Posts: 98

    The name KOLER should be a red flag for anyone reading this letter. These people support political agendas, not education. Seddon, Handeen, and Regan would be an embarrassment to our community and dangerous to the future of public education in CDA. It's about kids, not weird conspiracy theory politics. Vote for Eubanks, Hearn, and Hazel... They are in it for the right reasons.

     
  • whatwillbe53 posted at 9:55 am on Sat, May 18, 2013.

    whatwillbe53 Posts: 178

    I can't believe the CEU teachers union is again using the district email system to whip parents.
    Maybe Hazel Bauman's past efforts with the velvet whip failed to gain only lawful use of your email.

     
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