The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


January 23, 2014

Democracy means ...

The many articles, editorials, and strong feelings of many of my friends, leave me with just one question about the new high school building: Why can’t we vote on the project? From elementary school I remember “Democracy doesn’t mean you get your way, democracy means you get your say.” In this case I feel as if I don’t have a say.  One neighbor tells me I should have attended meetings three years ago if I wanted to voice my opinion. Perhaps I should have done so. But I never heard or was told such a meeting would be my only, or last, chance to voice my opinion.

I understand each and every decision involved in running a school district cannot be put to a vote, and I am grateful to the good volunteers of the school board who study and consider each item. However, the construction of a new high school will have huge impact on the entire community for years to come. I had always believed such an expenditure of funds would have to be approved in a referendum.

With so many documents on the district and other websites, I believe that citizens of our community can reach an informed decision and vote. Why can’t the community have a democratic say on this important matter?

Mary Beth James,


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