Dunning’s cynical distortion

By April 18, 2011

Bob Dunning’s column in the April 10 Davis Enterprise cynically distorts an informational letter sent out by Davis schools Superintendent Winfred Roberson and disparages a fine public servant in the process.

The headline accusing the district of “politicking” likewise manages to both disparage and distort, taking its cue from the misinformation he presented.

The Davis Joint Unified School District proposed Measure A and seeks voter approval for Measure A. The district needs the money to preserve programs because of continuing state budget cuts. The district has made no secret of this. Information on the need for Measure A is included on the district’s website.

In response to inquiries, Superintendent Roberson sent a letter explaining Measure A to senior citizens who previously had received exemptions for Measures Q and W, two earlier parcel tax measures to support the schools, as they are similarly exempt from Measure A if they file the paper work by an upcoming deadline. It is appropriate for the district’s senior executive to explain what the ballot measure is for as the district is proposing it.

The letter does not make a recommendation about how to vote and nowhere does it say vote “yes” on Measure A, yet the column repeatedly presents this as fact.

Bob Dunning’s cynicism has finally curdled.

Richard Reed


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