[Vision2020] Weitz is a civic terrorist?

Saundra Lund sslund at roadrunner.com
Tue May 8 15:13:14 PDT 2007

Hi Bill,

Thanks -- those were my thoughts as well.

Can anyone shed any light on how MDS funds legal expenses?  I mean, I'm
assuming they have a budget or something for legal expenses, but I'm really
unclear on how it works.

I guess I'm asking because I'm wondering if maybe setting up a fund for
donations specifically to help defray the costs of defending Dr. Weitz's
suit might be possible or helpful?

Keely -- I've added you as a recipient since as a retired Trustee, you
definitely have more knowledge than do I  :-)  As a former trustee, I also
would have added Dr. Weitz as well, but that seems rather pointless . . . 

Saundra Lund
Moscow, ID

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-----Original Message-----
From: vision2020-bounces at moscow.com [mailto:vision2020-bounces at moscow.com]
On Behalf Of Bill London
Sent: Tuesday, May 08, 2007 2:32 PM
To: Glenn Schwaller; vision2020 at moscow.com
Subject: Re: [Vision2020] Weitz is a civic terrorist?

your question: "If Dr. Weitz's claim has no legal merit, then why would MSD
have any concern?"
my response: a huge amount of administrative time and a sizable chunk of
money (as in paid by local taxes to the district) will have to be used to
fight this suit.  Of course the district, and its patrons, are concerned.

	----- Original Message ----- 
	From: Glenn Schwaller <mailto:vpschwaller at gmail.com>  
	To: vision2020 at moscow.com 
	Sent: Tuesday, May 08, 2007 2:10 PM
	Subject: [Vision2020] Weitz is a civic terrorist?

	Ms. Emerinemix,
	I don't know if there is any merit to Dr. Weitz's claim.  I believe
that the foundation for any argument is "is this position valid?"   With
something as complex and potentially dangerous and damaging as the
illlegality of a tax-based ballot measure, I have no problem with someone
questions its validity.  Dr. Weitz has wisely chosen to use the law to
determine if his claim has merit.  Many will discount this as "frivolity"
and cite a laundry list of reasons based on gut-wrenching emotion (oh the
poor kids!  The poor teachers!  The poor administration!) and avoid
considering a more insidious outcome of allowing a group to unfairly and
inappropriately tax the public for whatever it is they want (be it schools,
roads, parks, athletic centers).  This potentially could set a precedence by
which any group could do the same thing.  If Dr. Weitz's claim has no legal
merit, then why would MSD have any concern?  I for one would rather see the
law surrounding this issue clearly delineated than to see some other,
possibly more unsavory group, use the same tactics to fund their particular
	"The bigger they are, the harder they fall on you"
	     Mark Knopfler



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