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Re: [teacherartexchange] Classes Dropped

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mwhiteaz_at_TeacherArtExchange
Date: Wed May 25 2005 - 07:32:24 PDT


Patty,

As always, I'm in awe of your ability to get to the heart of the matter
and express your views so clearly. I forwarded your message to the rest
of the staff at my school.

We've all seen footage of people in other countries walking/riding for
miles, for hours, even days, just to cast a ballot. And yet we, with our
convenient polling places and mail-in ballots, fail to do so, time after
time. Tucson recently had a very important local bond election, and only
12% of the voters turned out (I'm proud to say I'm one of them). Voting
is so important, as is letter writing, and any excuse someone gives me for
not voting is just that--an excuse, because they were too lazy or
uninvolved to do so.

Maggie

> Who is to blame? We are.
> All my efforts to express my concerns to state legislators about local
> laws are met with little regard. Because you know what? Teachers
> don't vote. They don't care about my vote-- my teacher voice is not
> significant. I don't know if this is just my state or national, but in
> my state, where we are facing issues of referendum and local vote on
> school budgets-- TEACHERS are not voting.

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