On occasion friends tell friends, now’s not the time. Good friends understand.
Printed January 8, 2011
The community of Lee’s Summit and the R-7 school district has and share many mutual friends. They share in these good people by seeking to involve them to the design and build a better city and school district. Both know good people don’t limit themselves to just one issue but get involved and vote in many different issues. It’s my observation and experience that, over time, good people working together, look forward to being involved and sought after. That belonging and wanting to belong and participate in building a better community and district introduces them to new good friends and business acquaintances. Being involved means good people depend on you to do the “right” thing, to be there when it’s time. Soon, it can feel like an obligation.
It is also my observation, that something has evolved, perhaps favorable to the community and district and perhaps not so favorable. It contains both fear and pride, opportunity and reluctance, conviction and confusion. The something I am referring to is “support”.
On February 8, 2011 you and I will be asked to support a levy increase for the R-7 school district, your school district.
Yes, good friends will oppose good friends in this vote. Some will fear the fall out professionally or personally if they vote no. Others will be politically reluctant to let others know where they stand, either for or against. Yes, good friends don’t want others to think they’re not supportive of our schools and therefore not good people. Ironically, it’s not an issue of supporting the schools, it’s about setting limits on when enough is enough.
Good friends, even those that will vote no, still support schools, teachers and administrators. However, they do so out of ability not obligation.
My vote will be NO. My reasons are simple. Now is not the time for me to have my mortgage payment raised, my businesses rent raised, the people I buy products and services from to have to raise their prices to cover their tax increase and on and on it goes.
My message is simple: good friends can vote no and… real friends will understand.
Lee’s Summit, MO