Emotional Blackmail in Springboro

Emotional Blackmail in Springboro

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“Civic Innovation Designer”

Since: Mar 11

Springboro, Ohio

#1 May 13, 2013
Stop Emotional Blackmail wrote:
Why not keep it Simple and Honest? Stop your Emotional Blackmailing for dollars; Get a decent job serving community members french fries and burgers, instead of your dis-service of anger and hostility against Springboro parents and our childlren's future education in Springboro schools.
While it's unclear whether or not the same person is posting the same message from multiple accounts, or that a minority of the residents of Springboro have picked up on the meme, the practice of labeling policy to which you disagree as "emotional blackmail" is quite prevalent on the Springboro Topix forum.

What's interesting about this approach is that it doesn't actually MEAN anything. Of course, there are issues facing our community, but they don't want you to THINK about the issues. That's the whole point of good propaganda. You want to create a slogan that nobody's going to be against, that everyone will be for, because nobody knows that it means, because it doesn't mean anything. But its crucial value is that it diverts your attention from an issue that DOES mean something: "Do you support our levy?" And that's the one you're not allowed to talk about.

Consider for a moment the use of the word "Terrorist." The Reagan administration supported terrorism by providing financial and military support to the Contras, and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel recently confirmed that the Obama administration is seriously considering arming terrorists in Syria. However, we don't refer to them as terrorists. These were/are freedom fighters, rebels, or other empty slogans that nobody is going to be against. The question is, how do we differ between who is actually a terrorist, and whom is propagating REAL emotional blackmail?

As I mentioned earlier, what we need is a clear view of the issues before we can understand the propaganda. In terrorism, the issue isn't whether or not we support their goals, but whether or not we condone the murder of innocent civilians. The same is true for emotional blackmail. The issue has nothing to do with government tyranny, but instead the financing of essential services such as emergency services and our educational system. There is of course corruption and fraud alongside growth and prosperity when looking at the issues we face, but the real "emotional blackmail" comes from those who would obscure our view of these issues with their empty slogans.
Stop OEA War of Words

Cincinnati, OH

#2 May 13, 2013
What does Springboro parent, David Bowman, mean when he protests for more money for union employees outside of Springboro Board of Education offices, stating in the Springboro Sun, "We ask that our board members put their personal political agendas aside and work with the teachers in a spirit of collaboration."

Does anybody know what Mr. Bowman is blabbering about in this news article as he babbles on and on about "all the respect the teachers deserve,"
and finally concludes by stating, "WE will keep speaking out until they get it?"

So, who is the WE that agree with Mr. Bowman's lies that our teachers have been threatened and bullied? Would anyone other than the SEA members,
or those who are paying Mr. Bowman, agree that this generous employment offer from Springboro taxpayers is a "threat?"

Does Mr. Bowman not have the common sense to recognize that teacher contract proposals offering school employees IS ..."A fair day's pay for a fair day's work" and is NOT a threat to teachers.....It is Job Security, offered with demands to our school district, from the school district taxpayers, to "live within our children first budgeting means, with no additional levies needed."

Does Mr. Bowman not know that Springboro taxpaying voters (who are the actual employees of board members, school staff and teachers) have just said NO (five times) to the union's request for increased salaries and high cost compensation benefits packages, at the expenses of struggling taxpayer homeowners?

Does Mr. Bowman not know that taxpaying voters in this school district have worked tirelessly since 2009 to elect school board members who would work as board representatives in the best interest of our kid's first;
And that our current BOE majority is committed to ensuring that the children of the Springboro community receive an excellent education, while keeping the costs of that education affordable by carefully adhering to responsible spending?
go knock on doors

Cleveland, OH

#3 May 13, 2013
christopherritter wrote:
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But its crucial value is that it diverts your attention from an issue that DOES mean something: "Do you support our levy?" And that's the one you're not allowed to talk about.
There is absolutely no shortage of people in this community who are more than willing to open up to discuss their opinion on a particular hot button subjects like this ongoing drama with the Springboro BOE and the teachers union as well as last week's fire levy vote. When it comes to the ability to voice an opinion on any devisive issue, yes, certain people have a tendency to clam up amidst the heat of open debate. Often they fear that they, or maybe someone in their families could be singled out as tagets for future retaliation. This is precisely the atmosphere that permeated throughout this community throughout the Baker era.

If a person is approached in a friendly way, one-on-one and the same sort of subject matter is addressed, you'll get to find that people are more willing to speak AND that their responses come out as being more genuine. The fatal flaw with the township's YES door-to-door campaign is that you have hoardes of smiling firemen who have no sympathy for, or worse, no little about the extent of today's private sector economic distress.
Support Our Success

Cincinnati, OH

#4 May 13, 2013
"Change" is not a four-letter word. And, despite what many seem to believe, it’s not always bad either.
Change is especially important when it comes to K-12 education. Reformers often appropriately use the term "kids first" when it comes to our educational priorities. Too many times, however, "adults first" is the prevailing philosophy. That has to change (there’s that magic word again) and it is in one Ohio school district.
Check out the excerpts from an excellent report by the Education Action Group:
Springboro’s old philosophy was like that of many public school districts: Teachers were given annual “step” raises and administrators received nice salary perks, whether there was money in the district’s budget or not. If the district couldn’t afford it, voters were expected to approve tax hikes to pay for it all, or accept cuts to student services.
That old “adults first” approach was on full display in 2009, when district officials chose to address their financial woes by eliminating busing for high school students, laying off 30 district employees, and raising pay-to-play fees for after school activities.
Not long after that, Kelly Kohls, a mother of five and a former college professor, joined the Springboro school board and a new “children first” philosophy began to emerge.
Kohls’ approach of challenging the “business as usual” mindset has proven very effective. The district now requires employees to contribute more for their health insurance plans. Backdoor bonuses for administrators have been eliminated, annual teacher “step” raises have been frozen, and a variety of spending cuts have been implemented.
The results are evident in the school’s financial trajectory. A few years ago the district was projecting a $30 million deficit. Today it’s projecting a $4 million surplus, even though the community is still reeling from the weak economy, which has caused a 400 percent increase in the number of people needing assistance from the local food bank, according to Kohls.
Kohls’ self-described “kids first” approach has caused a lot of heartburn among Springboro’s school establishment. During her brief tenure on the board, district officials have publicly blamed Kohls for the defeat of a $6 million school levy, the departures of a superintendent, a district treasurer, a school board president and the large turnover in school administrators.
Members of the Springboro Education Association – the local teachers union – use school board meetings to excoriate Kohls for opposing teacher pay raises and proposing budget cuts.
“Some people get so entrenched in the old philosophy that it’s tough to get them to think whether or not something is going to help the kids,” Kohls says of the criticism.“We need a different way of thinking.”
-continued
Support Our Success

Cincinnati, OH

#5 May 13, 2013
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Voters seem to agree. Last November, they elected two of Kohls’ allies, giving fiscal conservatives control of the five-member school board, which began its current term in January.

Kohls says her approach has been to “ask a lot of questions” and to explain the board’s spending decisions to the community.

During her campaign for school board, for instance, Kohls asked why Springboro taxpayers were paying both the district’s and administrators’ contributions to the state retirement fund, especially since high school busing had just been cut to save money.

She reasoned that the amount of money spent on the retirement perk ($180,000) should be used to reinstate high school busing ($125,000). Kohls shared her proposal with the community on the Educate Springboro website and now the administrative perk is gone.

When the district’s health insurance costs increased by $830,000, Kohls proposed that employee contributions be raised to 20 percent – in line with what average Springboro residents paid – to offset the extra costs. She thought it made sense, especially since the district was in the middle of a financial emergency that left schools unable to purchase new textbooks or make basic building repairs. Her fellow board members at the time didn’t agree, and the district absorbed the increase.

But Kohls used the Educate Springboro website to bring her case to the public, and the philosophical shift became evident.

“People started looking at the other four board members, and asked,‘How could you say yes to the increase?’” Kohls says.

Today, employees pay 15 percent of their health insurance costs, and the district has joined a health care consortium which has resulted in nearly $6 million in savings.

Since January, the new board has enshrined its “children first” philosophy in a series of 28 goals, which include setting district money aside to help prepare students for the ACT test, among other things.

The board has switched to zero-based budgeting, meaning that school budgets will not automatically increase every year. Instead, teachers are being asked to submit annual budgets outlining specific resources they need.

The board is also developing policies that prioritize district spending, to ensure that student-centered spending needs are met before employee benefits and wage increases are considered. Kohls is crafting a point system to determine which employees will receive bonuses from the leftover funds.
Support Our Success

Cincinnati, OH

#6 May 13, 2013
Inquiring minds are now asking if the latest red ribbon "support our teachers" campaign is not symbolism over substance. Are there any among our parents and community members who do not support our teachers?
We can all rally the red in support of our teacher’s rights to negotiate themselves A Fair Day's Pay For A Fair Day's Work;
But, can we all support the “status quo business as usual” old, outdated teachers union rights to walk out on our children's classroom education?
Why not add a white ribbon in support of our students' rights to receive a quality education, while keeping the costs of that education affordable for Springboro parents and taxpaying homeowners?
Red and white ribbons showing strong support for our teachers and children are made strongest by adding a blue ribbon of support for our school board representatives, school district administrative staff, and school district taxpayers? Can our community as a whole support our teachers and staff separate from support of our school district taxpayers and their elected officials?
Why not rally for the unity of red, white, and blue supporting substance over symbolism? Let's all rally in support of ALL working together to ensure that the children of the Springboro community receive an excellent education while keeping the costs of that education affordable, by carefully adhering to responsible spending!

Did You Know

Cincinnati, OH

#7 May 13, 2013
go knock on doors wrote:
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There is absolutely no shortage of people in this community who are more than willing to open up to discuss their opinion on a particular hot button subjects like this ongoing drama with the Springboro BOE and the teachers union as well as last week's fire levy vote. When it comes to the ability to voice an opinion on any devisive issue, yes, certain people have a tendency to clam up amidst the heat of open debate. Often they fear that they, or maybe someone in their families could be singled out as tagets for future retaliation. This is precisely the atmosphere that permeated throughout this community throughout the Baker era.
If a person is approached in a friendly way, one-on-one and the same sort of subject matter is addressed, you'll get to find that people are more willing to speak AND that their responses come out as being more genuine. The fatal flaw with the township's YES door-to-door campaign is that you have hoardes of smiling firemen who have no sympathy for, or worse, no little about the extent of today's private sector economic distress.
Did You Know... the real FATAL FLAW of the "help us help you" fire levy campaign is simply because there is NO additional levy needed at this time. So, why the deceit, Mr. Kidd?
Voters will remember in November your emotional blackmailing for dollars and just say NO. Why waste our money on the unnecessary evil of 93% increase in fire levy taxes?
Did You Know

Cincinnati, OH

#8 May 13, 2013
Did you know that Springboro parent, David Bowman, rallied with FD wall of shame endorsers of Issue 3 in efforts of making Clearcreek Township FIRST in highest taxes; and is now vowing to vote for revenge in November...?
David Bowman
I am sad and disappointed with the outcome of the vote on the Springboro Firefighters Levy. I will work harder to change the outcome of this and other important votes coming in November. I am a fighter and I am not about to quit. I hope you'll join me in the fight.

BUT,did you know that Springboro parent, David Bowman will not support our children FIRST budgeting board members who wore tirelessly to provide all school children a 21st Century education, while living within the means of Springboro taxpayers?

Why these continued attacks on local Taxpayers, Mr. Bowman...? We are your neighbors, help us help you provide YOUR children an excellent education, while keeping the costs of that education affordable, by carefully adhering to responsible spending.

Did You Know

Cincinnati, OH

#9 May 13, 2013
Nobody that I know appreciated the CCFD employees strolling through neighborhoods bearing "gifts of free smoke alarms" paid for by the federal government. What's free about that? Where did the CCFD get the idea that "they" were giving away free gifts? Everything the local CCFD gets from the federal government has already been paid for by taxapyers! Ironically, these CCFD employees were asking their neighbors to put a free yes to 3 sign in our yards requesting a 93% increase in fire levy taxes! Nothing is free!

A government big enough to give you everything you
want, is a government big enough to talke away everything you have.
(Gerald Ford, Address to Congress, August 12, 1974)

I think when you spread the wealth around, it's good for everybody.
(Barack Obama, remark made at a campaign stop in Ohio, October 13, 2008)
Did You Know

Cincinnati, OH

#10 May 13, 2013
Nobody that I know appreciated the CCFD employees strolling through neighborhoods bearing "gifts of free smoke alarms" paid for by the federal government. What's free about that? Where did the CCFD get the idea that "they" were giving away free gifts? Everything the local CCFD gets from the federal government has already been paid for by taxapyers! Ironically, these CCFD employees were asking their neighbors to put a free yes to 3 sign in our yards requesting a 93% increase in fire levy taxes! Nothing is free!

A government big enough to give you everything you
want, is a government big enough to take away everything you have.
(Gerald Ford, Address to Congress, August 12, 1974)

I think when you spread the wealth around, it's good for everybody.
(Barack Obama, remark made at a campaign stop in Ohio, October 13, 2008)
smoke alarms

Springboro, OH

#11 May 13, 2013
Did You Know wrote:
Nobody that I know appreciated the CCFD employees strolling through neighborhoods bearing "gifts of free smoke alarms" paid for by the federal government. What's free about that? Where did the CCFD get the idea that "they" were giving away free gifts? Everything the local CCFD gets from the federal government has already been paid for by taxapyers! Ironically, these CCFD employees were asking their neighbors to put a free yes to 3 sign in our yards requesting a 93% increase in fire levy taxes! Nothing is free!
A government big enough to give you everything you
want, is a government big enough to take away everything you have.
(Gerald Ford, Address to Congress, August 12, 1974)
I think when you spread the wealth around, it's good for everybody.
(Barack Obama, remark made at a campaign stop in Ohio, October 13, 2008)
Well people I know did. And I'm sure the residents that don't have working smoke alarms appreciated the smoke alarms.

“Civic Innovation Designer”

Since: Mar 11

Springboro, Ohio

#12 May 13, 2013
Stop OEA War of Words wrote:
What does Springboro parent, David Bowman, mean when he protests for more money for union employees outside of Springboro Board of Education offices, stating in the Springboro Sun, "We ask that our board members put their personal political agendas aside and work with the teachers in a spirit of collaboration."
Okay first off, I would invite you to be half as brave as Mr. Bowman and take ownership of your words. Hiding behind a moniker like Stop OEA War of Words is clearly easier than putting yourself out there for others to criticize from the shadows.

Secondly, you're preaching to the choir when it comes to transparency. I support Bradly Manning who the military has branded a traitor for sharing government secrets, and the whole damn world is opposed to Julian Assange for doing the same on a global level. But I get that releasing this information has consequences. In the case of the BOE releasing each sides proposal, they have limited their bargaining ability, and lost trust in the negotiations.

Personally? I believe the BOE has raised the bar on transparency, and would like to see every topic, discussion notes, and agreements with any NGO including unions and businesses, published online 30 days in advance. They are our employees and while we have delegated a certain responsibility to them, ultimaltely every decision should come under the purview of the local residents.

But I can't help but wonder if that was actually your point? You focused little on the issue that Mr. Bowman raised and slipped in a number of cunning little assumptions, like his associations with the unions and... what, that he's getting paid under the table? Really, if you believe yourself to be a champion of truth, whoever you are, you should cut back on the storytelling and try to understand what other people are trying to communicate.
No OEA Indoctrination

Cincinnati, OH

#13 May 13, 2013
The hero of the OEA–Saul Alinsky described his plans in 1972 to begin to organize the white middle class across America. The necessity of that project became his book Rules for Radicals which Vicki and the OEA unions certainly gobbled up nearly word for word in their activist practices. Alinsky believed that what President Richard Nixon and Vice-President Spiro Agnew called “The Silent Majority” was living in frustration and despair, worried about their future, and were ripe for a turn to radical social change. Alinsky desired to create social mechanisms to entice The Silent Majority into becoming politically active citizens. Even if Vicki Villamagna does not have Rules for Radicals on her book shelf, she has been taught the concepts instructed in that book under different names by her labor union—who widely adopted Alisnky as their prophet for radical change in America. This is what progressive labor unions have done in our public schools, and what their part in the “WAR” is all about. Saul Alinsky feared that the middle class could be driven to a right-wing viewpoint if progressives failed in their task,“making them ripe for the plucking by some guy on horseback promising a return to the vanished verities of yesterday.
If you want to learn more about the strategy of community activists, the check out
Rules for Radicals at the public library. Alinsky’s techniques and teachings influenced generatins of community and labor organizers, inlcuding the church-based group hiring a yound (Barak) Obama to work on Chicago’s South Side in the 1980s…
Alinsky impressed a young (Hillary) Clinton, who was growing up in Park Ridge at the time Alinsky was the director of the Industrial Areas Foundation in Chicago.”
-Chicago Sun-Times
Lest we forget at least an over-the shoulder acknowledgment to the very first radical; from all our legends, mythology leaves off and history begins-or which iw which), the first radical known to man who rebelled against the estrblishment and did it so effectively that he at least won his own kingdom—Lucifer.
-Saul Alinsky

“Civic Innovation Designer”

Since: Mar 11

Springboro, Ohio

#14 May 13, 2013
No OEA Indoctrination wrote:
The hero of the OEA–Saul Alinsky described his plans in 1972 to begin to organize the white middle class across America. The necessity of that project became his book Rules for Radicals which Vicki and the OEA unions certainly gobbled up nearly word for word in their activist practices.
1972? This is a new game, and the corporations are astroturfing Springboro through Tea Party backed organizations including the Education Action Group, whose only goal is to squash the collective bargaining rights of teachers unions. You want the full story? Check out my copy pasta below:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kenzo-shibata/t...
Stop OEA War of Words

Cincinnati, OH

#15 May 14, 2013
christopherritter wrote:
<quoted text>
1972? This is a new game, and the corporations are astroturfing Springboro through Tea Party backed organizations including the Education Action Group, whose only goal is to squash the collective bargaining rights of teachers unions. You want the full story? Check out my copy pasta below:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kenzo-shibata/t...
Want the full story of Springboro parent, David Bowman, attacking Springboro taxpayers for providing all children of the Springboro community an excellent education, whle keeping the costs of that education affordable, by carefully adhering to responsible spending? Then check out the April 25 issue of Springboro Sun and read Mr. Bowmans lies and false accusations aganst Springboro taxpayers and our elected board representatives.

Mr. Bowman concudes his "war of words" against Springboro taxpayers and our elected board representatives by vowing to continue "bullying" ....until the Springboro Education Association "gets the MONEY that it wants."

Folks, the only way to respond to this community-wide bullying of Mr. Bowamn and SEA president, Mr. Maney, is to stand firm on our principles of responsible spending, and support our successful children first budgeting school board representatives. The time has come for our school union employees to discipline themselves to live within our community financial resources.

The time has come to Vote for Success and Our Springboro Schools Renewal Levy in November (with NO additional levies).
Birkenstocks

Miamisburg, OH

#16 May 14, 2013
christopherritter wrote:
<quoted text>
1972? This is a new game, and the corporations are astroturfing Springboro through Tea Party backed organizations including the Education Action Group, whose only goal is to squash the collective bargaining rights of teachers unions. You want the full story? Check out my copy pasta below:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kenzo-shibata/t...
LOL, nice, objective news source. Your lib roots are showing.

While your at it, you might as well cite from the Washington Post, MSNBC, Daily Kos, NY Times, etc...
Lol in Boro

Cincinnati, OH

#17 May 14, 2013
Birkenstocks wrote:
<quoted text>
LOL, nice, objective news source. Your lib roots are showing.
While your at it, you might as well cite from the Washington Post, MSNBC, Daily Kos, NY Times, etc...
No Fair And Balanced News Allowed for SURE!

Just the radical civic innovation designer OEA Indoctrination of Springboro parent and Lisa Babb best bud...David Bowman.
no kidding

Cleveland, OH

#18 May 14, 2013
Birkenstocks wrote:
<quoted text>
LOL, nice, objective news source. Your lib roots are showing.
While your at it, you might as well cite from the Washington Post, MSNBC, Daily Kos, NY Times, etc...
Yesterday's Huffington Posts aren't worthy of being used as liners for rat cages.

“Civic Innovation Designer”

Since: Mar 11

Springboro, Ohio

#19 May 14, 2013
Lol in Boro wrote:
No Fair And Balanced News Allowed for SURE!
Just the radical civic innovation designer OEA Indoctrination of Springboro parent and Lisa Babb best bud...David Bowman.
The obfuscation of the issues that impact our community by corporate Tea Party shills is clearly evident in the anti-Union rhetoric which was bought and paid for by the DeVos Foundation, who funds numerous Union-busting organizations including the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, who in turn finances the Education Action Group which is the source of the "children's first" rhetoric that we see on the this forum.

If you're interested in learning more about the private trail of out-of-state money which is shaping the debate in our local community, I would invite you to start on Wikipedia:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_and_Hele...

There are also numerous advocacy groups who are researching the threat to our local schools in the heart of the Grand Rapids Non-Profit Industrial Complex. For more information about the Grand Rapids Institute for Information Democracy, and the ties between the DeVos Foundation to numerous Tea Party organizations, including Americans for Prosperity and Freedom Works, follow the link below:

http://griid.org/2013/02/18/foundation-profil...
Just Boring

Cincinnati, OH

#20 May 14, 2013
Not at all interested in anything on this blog that cristopherritter is being paid to spew out on topix. Whatever is this silly blogger talking about? Is his group paid to babble on with such nonsense by the SEA/NFSS?
And what role does David Bowman and Lisa Babb have in Sarah Thornbury's vote for revenge against Springboro taxpayers? Sarah flops around the school gathering the students around her for support as if the school library is
the fantasy land of Neverland. This grown woman
appears so "needy" for attention. Why is that? Does anybody know how many of these mean spirited union employees are tax paying voters in this school district?

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