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Your vote does make a difference

Published: April 8, 2014 4:00 AM

I am a strong supporter of the Ravenna school district with two boys currently in the school system. When educating myself on why this levy had failed twice, I was shocked to find out that fewer than 20 percent of our parents are even registered to vote.

Voting is an integral part of our society and it upsets me that so many of our parents have not even taken the first step to exercise their right to vote. When someone complains about our government, my first thought is to wonder if they actually voted, because if you don't vote you have no right to complain as you didn't try to change it.

Our ancestors fought and died for your right to vote and our soldiers today still put their lives on the line to protect our rights. We need to honor that sacrifice by using those rights.

So go vote. Show our students how they can make a difference with their vote in the future by supporting their education now. Get out and make a difference for yourself, your community and our students.

Jennie Weber, Ravenna

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little_r_republican Apr 9, 2014 12:37 PM

Further more trawl... a 14 yr old could get a work permit. they can also do lawn care jobs.  But I am sure a freeloader would never have the gumption to even try to work for a living.

little_r_republican Apr 9, 2014 12:34 PM

Yes trawl...I paid for a private education. And for my children too.  I was not a freeloader who got through grade school with "promoted" regardless of education...I would guess you just barely made it through grade school on OPM.

trawl Apr 8, 2014 9:59 PM

I will not vote yes on a levy for Ravenna schools.

I encourage everyone I know to vote no, too.


Because Ravenna needed a school and instead built a stadium.

I don't believe in rewarding poor decisions.


trawl Apr 8, 2014 9:49 PM

"~I paid my own way through high school and then 10 years of college. "

Really? College? I would have guessed a tech school education. At best.

And unless you went to completely private schools, no, you didn't pay for it yourself. We subsidized you're education. (am curious what job a 14 year old could have that paid for private school)

I bet you also walked to and from school, five miles, up hill both ways.

little_r_republican Apr 8, 2014 12:20 PM

nice redleg.

However, I think only property owners should be allowed to vote on property  tax increases. A sales tax would be a different story. Tuition charged would be ok too.

I paid my own way through high school and then 10 years of college. I also paid for 4 children to go to private schools and college  AND have continued to pay property tax all along.

public schools are an absolute failure and no amount of money is going to help. Worse education and largest drop out rate is Wash DC...and they spend $35,000 per student.


redleg6 Apr 8, 2014 7:53 AM

From above: "because if you don't vote you have no right to complain as you didn't try to change it".  

George Carlin on Voting:

I don't vote. On Election Day, I stay home. I firmly believe that if you vote, you have no right to complain. Now, some people like to twist that around. They say, 'If you don't vote, you have no right to complain,' but where's the logic in that? If you vote, and you elect dishonest, incompetent politicians, and they get into office and screw everything up, you are responsible for what they have done. You voted them in. You caused the problem. You have no right to complain. I, on the other hand, who did not vote -- who did not even leave the house on Election Day -- am in no way responsible for that these politicians have done and have every right to complain about the mess that you created."