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May 15, 2006


John Brothers

Vote with your principles, because your daughter won't be well served, either by your lack of principle, or by the (most likely) utter failure of the government to actually deliver the goods on improving her education.

If it doesn't pass, take the money you would have had to spend, and spend it on her education in different ways.

But, in any case, it will probably pass, given that you live in Massachusetts...

Russell Hanneken

You could always vote no and tell your daughter you voted yes.

But really, what difference does it make how you vote--or, indeed, whether you vote? Whatever you decide to do, in all likelihood your actions won't determine whether the tax override passes.


Ah, your principles are fungible, your daughter's not.


Vote your conscience and teach your daughter the virtue of the secret ballot. Granted, it would have been better to have started it earlier, instead of at a pinch, making the contrast that less stark.
A virtuous non-answer would also be a possibility. "I voted for what I believe is best for the town". That will most likely be taken as a vote against her interests, but would at least refocus the reason why it was so.
You could also try to make it up to her by substituting the school band opportunity with something else. I don't know what sort of music programs are around you, so I can't be more specific.

When faced with a ballot question where I can't pick one option over others I frequently leave the question blank. I figure that if I can't be of one mind about something (and come up with a clear and defensible position) then I shouldn't cast a vote which is at best arbitrary. In your position I think I would probably vote against the override since it is the only signal a voter can send to which a democratic government has any obligation to listen. Also, the phrasing "dedicated orchestra leader" makes me wonder if there is a part-time orchestra leader like at some schools.


ANY economist -- let alone you Mr Miron -- not only willing to admit that he will vote, but also considering a tax hike (incoherent mumbling while I grab my chest and fall to the floor) ...

Sorry. You've got to vote 'no' here. You can't in good conscience reward your gov't's behavior.



what would barbara anderson do?


remember, its for the children... ; )

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