Dec 052012

Dear editor,

I would like to invite readers to take the Project Appleseed pledge of school and community involvement. I am a student at the University of Kentucky and sort of fell into a public advocacy class. Lucky for me, the class provided a friendly push toward advocating for the betterment of our schools. After working in an after school program for two years and taking a few child development classes, I decided that I was very much in support of school reform. When an assignment arose for finding a live advocacy campaign, it was obvious that I’d focus on schools. Continue reading »

Jun 262012

Will pay for public education

By Beth Connors-Manke

On April 5, 2012, The Herald-Leader ran an opinion piece by Whitney Tilson, a hedge fund manager and a member of Patriotic Millionaires for Fiscal Strength. Following Warren Buffet’s lead, Tilson came out of the closet as a person who cares about more things than just his own bank account.

Tilson began his article, which originally ran in the Washington Post, with a statement that surely caused angina, if not outright cardiac arrest, in the R. Paul family:

“I am part of the 1 percent of the 1 percent. By that I mean that I am fortunate to be a wealthy American and I say, ‘It’s okay to raise my taxes.’”

Gasp, sputter.

Inspired by rich people who display that philanthropic spirit also known as paying equitable taxes, I’ll offer my own public plea:

“I am part of the 99 percent. I am fortunate to have had access to a good American education and I say, ‘It’s okay to raise my taxes to support public education.’” Continue reading »