[Vision2020] Weitz is a civic terrorist?

Sue Hovey suehovey at moscow.com
Tue May 8 16:06:39 PDT 2007

This isn't written to me, but I find it an interesting post.  Why does Glenn posit the question from the perspective that Dr. Weitz has made a wise choice and any response to it will be simply a "gut-wrenching" emotional laundry list?  Are responses which deal with the situation for, "the poor kids, the poor teachers, the poor administration" by definition emotional, and therefore illegitimate?   Additionally, to assume that one who initiates a lawsuit is wise or doing it only to determine its validity, is to neglect other likely motives.  

"What has the district to worry about if they believe the claim has no merit?"  I would put it to you in another way.  Even though the district believes the claim has no merit, the wise course is to assume it may not be settled in a timely manner, therefore even those who support the district would want them to act prudently.   If you were their attorney, is that not what you would advise?

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Glenn Schwaller 
  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 interest.


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