Should campaign funds come from firms that will benefit?
Back in May, I had the opportunity to vote on the millage effort by Bentonville schools. While I certainly want the school district in which I reside to be successful in educating our kids, I am a retiree on a fixed income and will have to forego something to pay the roughly $50 the millage increase would cost me.
Well, the election was successful for the school district and that was that. I took it in stride. Progress comes at a cost, you know. Then in your July 5 edition, I read that the school campaign benefited by $62,549 donated primarily by companies that will directly benefit from the construction of the new school buildings. Construction companies, catering companies, photography companies were among the donors, as well as members of the school board. To my knowledge, no laws were broken, but with all due respect, this stinks. It’s bad enough that a school district picks an obscure time for the election, then the proponents of raising my taxes take money from the people who will make money directly by getting construction contracts, food service contracts and photography contracts. And the school board members that purportedly represent me donate money for the passage of the millage.
This just shows you that all politics are local, as they say. Even with all the brouhaha going on in Washington, it might behoove citizens to pay closer attention to what is happening in their own backyard. I know I will.
TOM CANDELA Bella Vista