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Letter: Jump off the horse

To the editor:

I am writing to express my support of Randy Green for Douglas County School Board. Randy is not only an outstanding teacher in this district, but he is also a man of outstanding character who would never use an elected position for personal gain.

Over the past two years, I have had the opportunity to work with Randy as a basketball coach at Douglas High School. Not only do I consider Randy a close friend, but I also consider him one of the most professional individuals I have ever had the opportunity to meet. In working with Randy, I have really come to understand just how much he values working with kids and how much he cares about their education and future.

The Douglas County School District is using scare tactics in an attempt to convince voters that the election of Randy Green will create a “conflict of interest” and cost taxpayers a lot of money. I don’t see how it’s possible to have a conflict of interest when Randy has publicly offered to freeze his salary, and he cares about one thing – the students of this Valley and their education. In addition, the only reason it would cost a substantial amount of money to the taxpayers is if the school board once again decides to ignore the wishes of their constituents. If elected, I think the school board owes this community their support in getting an outdated law changed. Ironically, this is the same board and same school district that doesn’t appear to see any conflict with having a spouse of a teacher sitting on the same board.

In a recent letter to the editor, our school board secretary, Pat Corbitt, urged the Douglas County voters to “not change horses in the middle of the stream.” While I respect Ms. Corbitt’s right to her own opinion, I happen to totally disagree with her. It seems to me that any person with an ounce of wisdom would be smart enough to change horses if the horse they were riding was sinking. If there was ever a time when it was absolutely necessary to jump off a sinking horse, the time is now. Randy Green’s opponent, John Raker, has shown numerous times that he is incapable of carrying the Douglas County school district any further across the stream. Through his comments in the local papers, Mr. Raker has shown repeatedly just how out of touch he is with what’s really happening in the local schools. Unbelievably, Mr. Raker actually thinks there is not a morale problem in the local schools. He also stated publicly that he felt only “about 30” teachers were really unhappy (he must have been referring to one school). Although untrue, Mr. Raker wants the voters to think that talk of morale problems and teacher unhappiness is all some sort of union fabrication. What these revelations really are, are evidence that Mr. Raker has not spent a lot of time in the local schools, nor has he taken the time as a “selected” official (he never has been elected) to actually go out and spend a great deal of time talking to teachers and parents about their concerns.

If, as a community, we want to get through these troubled waters the district finds itself in, then I encourage all voters to “jump off the sinking horse” and elect Randy Green to the school board. He is running with only one agenda – doing what’s best for education and the students of Douglas County.

Keith Lewis

Gardnerville

Oct. 31