The retiring head of the Pflugerville, Texas ISD decided to offer benefits to queers in an attempt to find the best teachers because what you do with your genitals affects your teaching (?). The current board voted to keep that policy. That included Carol Fletcher and Mario Acosta. Both seem to be otherwise good school board people to have around. . . but they stood up for what God Himself called an abomination.
Two other people are running in the upcoming board election. They could be yella’ dogs and be against giving special benefits to homersexuals, and stand a decent chance of being elected in non-Austin Texas.
One commenter at the local newspaper website said, “Is this really about same sex benefits and insurance? We should not hold our children’s education hostage to a simple insurance decision.” Yes, it is. For some of us, it doesn’t matter how otherwise-awesome you are if you stand in bald opposition to the creator God. One of the unspeakable reasons Mittens Rominey lost his election for President was that there are single-issue voters out there. He was on the wrong side of all of us at one time or another, and that plus believing in a blasphemous religion (which was the big Single Issue for yours truly) kept millions of people home.
The choice in this election for PISD School Board is being framed in the press as:
1) Vote for new guys to be against same-sex insurance benefits, you hater
2) Vote the other guys back in if you don’t care about the insurance
Nevermind that neither newguy candidate has come right out on their o-fisshul website and said he’d try to get the policy reversed. Both are making appropriate-sounding noises about how they just make the rules to follow the laws. Sandlin’s website goes so far as to say he wouldn’t have supported [the new benefits], and Hanson’s only goes so far as to say he doesn’t want to exclude people.
As far as I can tell, you have two unknowns with business experience trying to replace people who have done a decent job except that they need to be punished for agreeing to do that which is immoral. If this sounds like a decent basis for your vote, or if it doesn’t (either way) this should be a pretty easy ballot for everybody to cast.
Oh, and if you are wondering, my take on the Austin ISD almost-a-Billion-dollar bond proposals, that’s easy too: these people continue to pour money into education and expect it to get better results without saying a peep about the broken culture in America keeping the children from learning. If you don’t mind paying ANOTHER “only” $100/year in taxes to Austin, go ahead and piss your money down the educrats’ rathole. Otherwise, for those who are not simple-minded, vote AGAINST all the school bonds that come up until they are clearly presented and trimmed down to the bare necessities. Unlike these.
But, of course, they will pass. The way to get a bond issue passed in Austin is to get it on the ballot. A few thousand people from Terrytown will show up and vote, and the rest of you will ho-hum it and then bitch and moan about the high taxes in Austin.