To the editor:
Just a few days ago, I looked at your front page and read, “Process to build school outlined.” Without even a token attempt to convince us that we need a new building in the first place, our self-appointed betters are charging off to do what they want, because they want to and because they think that they can get away with it.
With any luck, they probably figure, ground will be broken, concrete will be poured, walls will rise, and taxes will go up to pay for the all but inevitable cost overruns—all long before most of us realize what is going on.
Politicians spending taxpayer money to erect monuments to their vanity are as old as the pharaohs who built the pyramids. Voters who are too apathetic to see or care what is being done to them by their “public servants” are also nothing new.
Experience shows that almost anything can be sold, at least to some, if the claim is made and repeated long enough and loudly enough that “it is for the children.” All that is, in a sense, expected and hardly worth our indignation anymore.
I was, however, struck by something else.
On May 22, your paper published a letter from a high school student. The letter included this gem: “Four months ago, I would have never dreamed of a class where I got to make a change by speaking to politicians about building a new high school. I would have never dreamed of a class where we have beanbags and a sofa in order to better stimulate students.”
If our students can be stimulated to higher levels of intellectual curiosity, academic excellence and public service by something as inexpensive as beanbags and sofas, why are we being asked to build a new school? Why, indeed, should we bother to maintain the old one? In fact, we could do away with buildings, books, teachers, administrators and the entire school board by issuing our students with beanbags in which they could lie and contemplate their navels as the inspiration floats down upon them from on high.
If we want to make sure that it is inspiration, not bird poop, that lands on their heads, we could invite them to park their beanbags inside the empty building of the Southern Virginia Advanced Manufacturing Center, located on Greens Folly Road. We could even re-name it the Lineburg Center for Educational Lethargy and Academic Entropy to console the gentleman for not getting to build a Taj Mahal in his own honor.
Putting sarcasm aside, I have to ask a question.
How long will the voters of Halifax County keep voting for these high-handed, cynical, arrogant, condescending, manipulative fraudsters?
Very respectfully yours,
Waclaw K. Bakierowski