Strong viewpoints and raw emotion.
That’s what I saw and heard on Feb. 4 at the Groveport Madison Schools’ public forum regarding potential budgets cuts that are being considered because of shrinking revenue. At this forum, students, parents and community members stood up to offer a mix of suggestions, criticisms and support regarding the school programs on the potential budget chopping block.
One by one, the people stated their case. Some were eloquent, their words flowing and flowering. The voices of others quavered with nervous emotion, their eyes moist as they spoke. A tinge of controlled anger put on edge on some of the speakers’ words. Others were methodical, laying out ideas and looking for a way out of the fiscal tangle, all while their eyes flashed with fire. Many told heartfelt stories of how the programs affected them positively in a personal way.
One can agree or disagree with what these citizens had to say. That’s how our society works. But it was heartening to see that these folks had the courage to stand up before their peers and state their views publicly. It was a fine, glorious example of people expressing their hearts and minds.
- Rick Palsgrove, Southeast Editor, Feb. 8, 2012