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Propositions 30 and 38 will harm California if passed

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Posted: Tuesday, October 16, 2012 12:00 am

I want to compliment George Neely in having the courage and character to publicly make a political statement and support legislation (propositions 30 and 38) that he perceives is essential for the wellbeing of Lodi Unified School District.

As an elected school board trustee, that is his responsibility and duty, in my view. He is supposed to have the schools' best interests at heart, and all the people who are associated within its sphere. Other board members are more silent. It is refreshing to hear from one who is willing to risk backlash simply by expressing his opinion.

He asked the public to support propositions 30 and 38, which increase taxes in a state that is taxed more than any other state. I strongly oppose these two propositions, as they are harmful to making California more inviting to business and jobs in our state, as well as to people who already are burdened with sky-high taxes. Other solutions to solve our shrinking tax base should be considered to help the schools.

However, if he decides to run again for the school board, he will get my vote even though I disagree with some positions he holds. We desperately need people like George who do what they do because they have others' best interests at heart, and have the guts to say what they think in public. From a conservative to an objective moderate liberal (my perception), thank you for your service to Lodi, George!

Darrell Baumbach


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