Health and Education in Crisis: Get Involved and Vote “Yes”

In Maple Valley, Washington, there is much needed renovations and additions to our education facilities for which the school district is looking for funding.  An article I submitted was published in both our local papers, Maple Valley Reporter and Voice of the Valley, in support of a school bond issue: ‘Health and Education in Crisis: Get Involved and Vote “Yes”’ to the school bond in Maple Valley, WA.  It was also posted to my local blog on Maple Valley Reporter, which has since been replaced by my own blog: “.  

How the citizens will vote on April 26th, 2011, given the economic climate and current attacks on collective bargaining by many State Governors across the Nation, is anybody’s guess.  Several questions have arisen since publishing that article.  One portable classroom is too many and at one school alone we have how many, 14???  How did this community get itself into a $125,000,000 crisis, lack of planning??  What can be done to prevent it from happening again?  Should Maple Valley be paying for upgrades for a high school in an unincorporated area of the school district which may become part of our neighboring City of Covington?  

An oversight committee is needed for the City of Maple Valley, as public process and our elected officials have been letting our youth down for over ten years.  An alternative solution was presented to City Council and the City to mitigate costs to the citizens, but as with other communications, all for naught.  There is an opportunity to build new schools that can facilitate virtual classroom participation, a school of the 21st century.

Unfortunately, this is not just a local problem.  It is about how to protect our last bastions of social democracy, education and health, which under capitalist attack; but it is democracy itself being decimated by plutocracy.

Perhaps as a prerequisite to being a bureaucrat or politician is that their health coverage becomes the same as the homeless.  Perhaps as a prerequistie to being a bureaucrat or politician is that their children attend all levels public education.   Perhaps as a prerequisite to being a bureaucrat or politician is that their children are the first to serve on the front lines of war.  Would we not then see skilled diplomacy working in the best democratic interests of all citizens and not just a select tier?

So, you are now wondering what health and education have to do with cooperatives, foundations and broadband.  First, from the broadband perspective, tele-health and tele-education will facilitate local access to resources outside of the community.  Books are becoming online and every student will no longer have to carry a backpack full of books for their classes.  Classrooms will become virtual and the best teachers in the world become a resource to everyone.

Call me a heretic, but the problems we have today are worldwide, wrought upon us by greed by those with no conscious and no social morals.  These are the same people that take us to war, and whose children don’t serve on the front lines; just cause?; feeling used?  It’s like a worldwide Ponzi scheme between the rich and the poor at the expense of the middle class.

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing”


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