Sunday, July 30, 2006

Bob Van Velkinburgh Says:

"If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be."
Thomas Jefferson, letter to Colonel Charles Yancey, January 6, 1816

According to a July 26, 2006 press release Congressman Jim Matheson Introduced a bill that could provide up to $60 million in Zero-interest bonds to Utah school districts. The bill known as the Renewable School Energy Act of 2006 is identical to a bill introduced in the Senate by Harry Reid ( D-Nevada).

The legislation is designed to give school districts the financial means to utilize renewable energy sources such as solar panels, geothermal heat pumps or small wind turbines. The use of such sources would free up district funds for educational purposes thus saving taxpayers money.

In this Democratic sponsored bill we see three important areas being addressed; renewable energy, spending without adding to the deficit, and public education.

Contrast the Democratic and Republican approaches to dealing with these issues. The Democrats want to encourage and develop new and viable sources of energy that do not add to the planet's pollution. The administration wants to poke holes in the ground to find oil in an environmental sensitive part of the world. Also the administration has slashed funds needed to develop renewable energy sources.

Democrats believe in being responsible in financing their programs. The administration finances almost everything by borrowing and adding to the deficit which is now in the trillions letting future generations deal with paying for their misguided policies.

Democrats have always believed in an educated public and have worked hard to effect improvements in our country's schools. The administration came up with "No child left behind" which is a beautiful sounding slogan but is simply bogged down in red tape and bureau mishandling that it should be renamed "no child's behind left." Teachers spend more time filling out paperwork than they do teaching.

We applaud Jim Matheson and Harry Reid for their efforts to improve public education, use sensible financing, and encourage the use of renewable energy sources that protect our environment.

Bob Van Velkinburgh
Director of Publicity
Davis County Democratic Party

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