Is it Right
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Is it Right
I will borrow a quote former San Mateo Union High School District Superintendent, Sam Johnson, shared with those at his retirement party. It describes Sam…..I would like it to define me.

A quote from Martin Luther King, Jr.: “Cowardice asks the question, is it safe? Expediency asks the questions, is it politic? Vanity asks the question, is it popular? But conscience asks the questions, is it right? There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must take it because his conscience tells him it is right.”

I have tolerated the degrading comments of people like Bob Nelson for two years now. I have tolerated a letter from a fictitious man and constant barrages of negatives from Peter Hanley, Phyllis Moore and the like.

Will those mentioned in the above paragraph please read the quote again…..I will not be bullied by you or anyone else. You will not intimidate me by your accusations. I stand strong on my convictions.

Rotary has a four way test we vow to live by. The first and most important motto I try to live by as a Rotarian is this…..Is it the truth? Just because words are spoken does not guarantee them to the true so check the facts you are being told….mine included!!!!

I voted with my conscience when I voted to not ask the residents of Foster City if they wanted to tax themselves when forming a Mello-Roos District to build a $20 million dollar facility that would house a Charter High School. I strongly believe that taxing our residents ONLY to build such a facility when the District and the State would benefit but not share in the cost, and still be eligible to attend, is not in the best interest of our residents.

I will say it one more time in the plainest words I know. I do not believe the taxpayers of Foster City should be asked to pay an additional tax to build a $20 million dollar building. This building would house a school in which the enrollment would not just be for the students of Foster City but those of the District and the State. Approximately 200 of our students would probably be lucky enough to attend. Ask yourself why the entire District wouldn’t share in that responsibility?

So….maybe it wasn’t a safe decision or a political decision or a popular decision BUT my conscience told me it was the right decision. I was elected to keep the best interests of all of our citizens, not just the special interests groups, as my goal…...I am passionate about doing just that.

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Council Corner

October 31, 2007
Is it Right

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