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We don't have a true majority party; thus the need to compromise

To The Daily Sun,

At the outset, I think it appropriate to remind the electorate — better known as the voters — that our system of government depends on the power of division for its continued existence. Depending on whether you see our government as a democratic republic or a social democracy, you adhere to certain governmental concepts.

In the interest of getting things done after the November election, we must see how sensible the chosen candidate appears. Then we must support or oppose them as may be required by common sense. How, you say, do you support or oppose? I'm glad you asked, ha, ha! You support or oppose with legislation. You support or oppose by bringing cases relating to governance to the Supreme Court. You support or oppose by lobbying for a policy or concept before it becomes legislation or law. Lastly, you approach local, state and regional needs as problems looking for a solution rather than letting them be ignored by those that you elected to solve them. It is true, that some problems have no easy answers from those elected to solve them, but evidence of a reasoned approach by both the left and the right should be forthcoming.

The time is fast approaching when all those problems we have seen plastered over or swept under the rug of indifference must be brought out, examined and cooperatively solved if possible. The list is long because we, as a nation, have been polarized by differences and a refusal to compromise. There are solutions, distasteful to both parties, no doubt about it, but ones that can be reached through compromise. Many of our laws are aimed at protecting minorities. Support for meaningful legislation to solve problems must come from a vote of the majority. Before the legislation becomes a bill in congress, committees must report it out to the full membership for a vote.

Thereon hangs the problem; we have no majority. So, you see, the choices are more stalemate or a modicum of cooperation. To quote some wise person whose name I don't recall, "If you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem." Somehow we have to get off this merry-go-round. If we keep spinning in place, the rest of the world will bring us a solution. I guarantee you are not going to like what they bring. Compromise or die as democratic republic or a social democracy. Take your pick but don't continue sit on opposing sides hissing and booing each other while problems go unsolved. Electorate make some noise, administrators propose solutions, legislatures create legislation and appropriations, courts make sound decisions — problems need intelligent solutions!

Bill Dawson


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May 23 meeting scheduled to delve into Shaker 'culture' study

To The Daily Sun,

Thank you to all who participated in the Shaker Regional School District culture survey conducted a few months ago. We are listening to your feedback. You are all driving this effort.

Through our original culture survey and the various feedback sessions planned before the end of May, we know that you have, and will continue to have, thoughtful insights. We are listening closely and are focused on the areas that you have identified as most important to our success: communication and accessibility, budget process and transparency, staff professional development, collaboration and decision making, and curriculum development and course availability.

Your feedback thus far has started great dialogue among all of the stakeholders. We have reviewed the culture survey results and have planned the following evening of feedback sessions focused on the above topics. These feedback sessions will be held on Monday, May 23, at Belmont High School starting at 6:30 p.m. Each feedback session/topic will take place in a different room to allow for smaller groups and more meaningful conversation.

If you are unable to attend the evening of May 23, you may email your thoughts to Sean Embree, SRSD School Board Chair, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before May 23. Questions regarding the event may be directed to Gretta Olson-Wilder, SRSD Board Member, at 998-7998 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

We are continually taking steps to strengthen our culture, as it sets the expectations for what it means to be a part of Shaker, no matter what your involvement. Our focus is to ensure we are staying true to our mission of "Engaging All Learners to Succeed in Their Ever-Changing World."

Sean Embree, Chairperson
Shaker Regional School Board

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