As an English teacher, it wasn't hard to teach my students about double negatives. Most of my students were born into houses speaking correct English. My own teachers were grammarian experts; so were my colleagues who taught with me in the East Central district. Our grammar books said, "Two "no's" make a "yes." For those of you not following my drift, a double negative is this: "I don't have no money." If you don't have "no" money you must have lots of money. It's even worse to say: "I ain't got no money," because of the use of the slang "ain't."
The good news is nobody usually talks like this around here. You hardly ever hear "ain't." And really you hardly ever hear, "I don't have no pencil, or I haven't got no more bread in the house." (no and not are both negatives). We Midwesterners are better than that. We're so much better than double negatives.
I actually think we're better than two "vote no" publications stuck in our mailboxes by an organized group of "vote no" people. One can pick apart and spin so-called statistics to suit one's argument until the proverbial cows come home. In the end, the Easton Valley Bond Referendum is just this: Do you support your school district? Or, do you not support your school district? It isn't about feathering a nest with so-called creative "patches" to the problems, like using a roll of duct tape. It's simply, "Do you support your school district?" Or not. Where you have your home, livelihood, and church, do you support your school district, or not?
My grandmother graduated before the turn of the century from Miles High School. My grandfather sat on the school board. My parents graduated from Miles High School, my husband, sister, brothers-in -law, etc. graduated from Miles High School. My children graduated from East Central. Today, my school is Easton Valley. Whatever the name on it says, I support it, unequivocally. My school is hallowed. To be realistic and philosophical at the same time, I believe our schools are all we've got. Whatever it takes, we make them better because we know they are all we've got. We reduce all the issues to the basic question of, "Do you support your school district, or not?" It's important to vote yes on Sept. 11.