No theme park visit today: Go vote!
Published: November 3, 2008 at 10:26 PM
We will be back next week, with a visit to a location yet to be determined (though I am leaning toward Universal Studios Hollywood - anyone got any picture requests?)
In the meantime, I'd like to encourage all my U.S. readers over age 18 who haven't voted yet to get out and do so. I'll skip the endorsements, save one: If you, like me, live in or around Pasadena, California, I hope that you will vote in favor of Measure TT, the school bond issue that will help build a new gym at my kids' school, as well as to fund improvements at dozens of other local schools.
In fact, no matter where you live, if there is a school bond issue on your ballot, I urge you to vote for it. Educating every single child in a community, no matter what their medical condition or family situation, is horrifically expensive, and few communities allocate enough money to do it well.
Bond issues help plug that gap, paying for new and repaired buildings, helping districts save money on rent and utility bills. (We saved $50-100 a month by installing a new fridge and heater-A/C in our home. Imagine what a building as large as a school could save per month.)
More theme parks ought to build "E ticket" attractions, and more communities ought to build "E ticket" schools. If kids deserve the best on their vacations, they deserve the best while at home.
If you don't like the direction of your local school district, don't take it out on the kids by voting against a bond issue. Get involved, and take it out on the school board by voting out incumbents in the next election. (FWIW, I think the board in Pasadena's doing great in turning around what had been a terrible situation.)
Anyway, let's all hope for the best for the U.S. and our local communities tomorrow, and I'll see you in the parks soon!