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Bob Dunning: We’re the most informed voters around

365体育滚球The thing I love about our local ballot arguments is that they’re usually extensive and they pull no punches. Plus, no group of advocates or naysayers can say they weren’t able to get their message out to the voters.

365体育滚球Let’s take Measure G, the proposed schools parcel tax, for example.

In addition to an “Impartial Analysis,” by county counsel Philip J. Pogledich, which appears to be truly impartial, we also have the “Argument in Favor” and the “Rebuttal to the Argument in Favor.” Those are followed by the “Argument Against” and the “Rebuttal to the Argument Against.”

I’d say that just about covers it. I don’t know if this is common to most jurisdictions or is unique to Yolo County, but it is much appreciated.

365体育滚球Logic prevails here. If only an “Argument in Favor” and an “Argument Against” are allowed in a one-shot format, there’s no chance for one side to counter the other side’s bald-faced lies. Thus, we get a couple of rebuttals.

I’d actually like to see another layer of “Rebuttal to the Rebuttal,” but maybe the county doesn’t have that much paper.

The “Argument in Favor” starts simply by stating “Measure G will maintain the Davis tradition of educational excellence for the children in our schools by supporting our teachers and school staff for about 50 cents a day.”

Already, we need a rebuttal. At $198 a year, this tax will cost those who have to pay it exactly 54.24 cents a day. Yes, that’s “about” 50 cents a day, I suppose, but why not be accurate since we’re talking about pennies in the first place?

365体育滚球Then again, since the election is taking place in a leap year, that rate drops to 54.09 cents a day, which is slightly closer to the 50 cents a day claim.

365体育滚球If this thing doesn’t pass, I promise to take two shiny quarters to my favorite school every day of the year and hand them to my favorite teacher. If everyone does the same, we should be okay.

“Teachers in Davis schools are at the center of student achievement,” the “Yes” argument goes on.

365体育滚球“Keeping teacher and support staff salaries competitive attracts the best educators to our schools and prevents staff from leaving for higher paying districts.”

Presumably that’s true, though I’m not sure there’s solid data to back it up. I mean, it’s logical to assume that higher salaries attract better teachers, but in reality, higher salaries generally attract just about everybody.

In any event, the best argument for Measure G is that we ought to pay teachers what they’re worth because it’s the right thing to do, not because teachers in Elk Grove make more than our teachers do.

365体育滚球There are, of course, enormous advantages to teaching in a place like Davis, a town that reveres education and has a highly educated populace that is willing to support our schools.

365体育滚球Just wait until Election Day rolls around and the two-thirds requirement for passage of Measure G is eclipsed with ease.

And if it doesn’t pass, I still have those two shiny quarters (plus four sparkling pennies) in my pocket, ready to do my part.

— Reach Bob Dunning at [email protected].

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