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We need Messina

Posted: October 9, 2009 11:05 p.m.
Updated: October 10, 2009 4:55 a.m.

I read Tim Myers’ “The preferred answer is not always the right one” Opinion column in The Signal, Oct. 4, and I must tell you, I’m left in stark wonder. What is this guy rambling on about?

Tim talks about his expertise on numbers and makes vague reference to his psychic powers to predict winners in local elections with a sense of reasoning that fails to convey a clear message.

Tim says: “I seldom vote for the incumbent and will generally only cast a vote for one person.” Tim says he is going to vote for Joe Messina for the Hart district board and then discredits himself up by stating, “I predict he will lose the race.”

Hmmm. Tim, you get to vote for three candidates for the Hart board and though I am personally pleased you are going to vote for Joe, you can also vote for two others.

Despite Tim’s ramblings glorifying his gifts for prognostication, his commentary makes no sense.

I am using one of my three votes to vote for Joe Messina, and here is why:
Joe believes strongly in vocational education. Despite claims by so-called educated experts that everyone should go to college, the simple fact is not everyone is college material and I don’t mean that statement necessarily in a pejorative way. America needs plumbers, electricians, automobile mechanics, computer techies and other skilled blue-collar craftsmen to keep this system flourishing.

Messina wants to move the Hart board toward expanding its pitifully depleted vocational education department, and wants the Hart schools to train our Santa Clarita craftsmen (and women) of the future. I support that aggressively.

As a teacher, I am frustrated by having to adhere to a state curriculum that is, in many ways, irrelevant to addressing the educational needs of our students. The new Hart board needs to address a viable, community-based vocational education curriculum.

Messina is the blood the Hart Board desperately needs.

Messina is also a prudent dollar and cents guy and is anxious to get Castaic High off the stationary position and on to go.

Tim Myers: You are not squandering your ballot by voting for Joe Messina. And shame on you for sending your ridiculous mixed message about Joe. You and hopefully all who read this commentary will vote for a candidate who works to implement programs that will genuinely help our kids reach their career goals, be they white, blue or no collar.


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