The Balance North Idaho group has sent out a letter filled with twisted, manipulative information that amounts to nothing but campaign trickery. And they’ve done it at the very end of the school board campaign, when there’s no time left to respond by mass media before the election Tuesday.
Who is this new Balance North Idaho? Their web site shows the small Board of Directors includes Sara Meyer and Eden Irgens, who were so active against a Public Vote on McEuen and against the Recall. Also on their Board is Mic Armon, the former NIC Trustee who was against a public bond vote on the $10 million dollar Mill site land purchase.
Their web site says that “Issues will be evaluated based on their benefit to the community while weighing a variety of other factors, including financial impact.” Financial impact? For whom? For those in line to make big money off public projects? There’s no mention of taxpayers or protecting our quality of life.
This group touts itself as “balanced”, yet what they really are is a group to fight against a power shift away from the tight network that has been running things in our area. The CdA School Board started to change two years ago and Balance North Idaho now wants desperately to get their people back in again.
But they obviously have no integrity, judging from their latest letter which uses the old trick of making up a possible problem—something that is not truly happening at all—then arguing against it. (often called a “straw man” argument or fear-mongering) The three almost-lies they use are these:
1. Should Boosters be able to control their own funds?
2. Do you want Sorensen Magnet School’s successful, creative curriculum offering to stay?
3. Should our kids learn beyond just Rote Memorization?
Notice the too-clever wording. They never say these things are happening, they imply they might happen if you don’t vote for their candidates! Here’s the truth: Our new School Board strongly supports Sorenson and does not want it to change, they believe deeply in advanced learning /problem solving, and where in the heck did the Booster Club issue come from—of course they do, and should, control their funds!
So that’s Balance North Idaho’s version of “facts”? I’m not impressed. I think this group will do almost anything to get and keep power for their core group
On the other side of the election are those trying to bring control of local government back to the people. They are being attacked because they are open about their backgrounds and beliefs, but they are holding themselves above that mud-slinging and keeping it clean. Here’s a good example from Trustee Brent Regan’s facebook comment, reused with his permission:
“I was interviewed by a reporter yesterday who was writing about the upcoming elections and the noise some are making about partisanship, a lack of diversity and the need for “balance”. I told him those arguments are self-canceling and therefore without merit. I described for him the professional occupations of five individuals; a general manager of an industrial manufacturing business, a human resource and accounting manager, a professional teacher and tutor, the owner of several retail food service businesses and an inventor-designer-entrepreneur small business owner. One thing they share is that they are all successful. I then asked him if this was a diverse group of people. He said yes, it was. I then informed him that I was describing the current Trustees on the School Board.
The ONLY way you can claim the current Board is not diverse is if you put on partisan goggles that filter out everything but political affiliations. You must have a partisan perspective in order to claim there is a POTENTIAL for partisan behavior. But where is the evidence? Where is the proof that this Board has made ANY decision that advances one political party over the other? Where is this imagined party bias?
Why would you claim the potential for partisan behavior where no proof exists? Because some people assume that others would behave as they themselves would, so the ones making the accusations are projecting their behavior onto others. It is how they would behave if they held that position. Absence any evidence, what other explanation is there?
Do I have “Republican” on my signs? Yes. Do I talk about being a “conservative” Yes, but those are simple statements of fact. Do I advocate that our schools be infused with political ideology? Absolutely not!
Lacking any evidence, what the people who complain about partisanship are really complaining about is that the people on the Board are not aligned with them politically. The ones complaining about partisanship are the only partisans in the room.”
By Brent Regan, Trustee
And now someone has started the false rumor that Brent was a Vietnam draft dodger…another obvious lie because he wasn’t even 18 until after the war ended in 1975! On that note, let me leave you with a quote from Socrates which says, “When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser.”
So, dear Readers, it’s time for ACTION. Please talk to your family members, your neighbors and your co-workers, and get them out to VOTE on Tuesday! It’s up to you. If you want to help local government to return to the people, for the CdA School District please vote for:
Brent Regan-zone 1
Ann Seddon-zone 4
Bjorn Handeen-zone 5
This school board election is far more important than most people realize!
In Post Falls, please vote for:
Glorie Ward-zone 1
Carol Goodman-zone 5
My best to you,
PS– Not everyone is allowed to vote in the school board races. The school districts are carved into “zones”, and each zone has a separate trustee. They are not all up for election at once, it’s every other time, so only three zones can vote in CdA this Tuesday, only two zones in Post Falls. The zones all changed last year, so you might want to double check if you can vote.
Please click here for CdA school district: http://www.cdaschools.org (scroll down to find election info and maps)
And here for PF school dist.: http://www.pfsd.com (scroll down)
Or call the Kootenai Elections office and they will tell you: 446-1030
Mary Souza is a 26 year resident of CdA, local small business owner and former P&Z Commissioner. Her opinions are her own. To sign up for the free weekly newsletter, or access a free archive of past columns, visit www.marysouzacda.com Comments can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please visit the local issues web site www.OpenCdA.com for more discussion.