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The Commons
Voices / Letters from readers

Conundrum voting against an ally

Originally published in The Commons issue #398 (Wednesday, March 8, 2017).

In the Dummerston revote blocking Vernon’s exit from the Union, I voted no in one weird election that made many feel conflicted. First off, Vernon was forced to choose between forfeiting all its assets to the district or lose school choice.

That is a lousy deal, but Vernon was obliged to fold its hand and break away from the Act 46 Study Committee. Every time a woman left me, I never had a vote, so I was determined to make my voice heard in the matter.

In voting my own interests as a Dummerston resident, I decided that allowing Vernon to depart was not going to help the Dummerston school. The dilemma facing Dummerston voters was whether to vote the way we would want Vernon to vote if the situation was reversed, or cast a vote that might help save Dummerston’s local control of their school.

What a conundrum! Both Vernon’s vote to leave the Union and Dummerston’s vote to make them stay was a vote against Act 46. The majority in both towns share the same intent: keep local control of their school.

How ironic that Act 46, which intended to unify schools, has divided towns. How unfortunate that we voted against a town that has been a partner for so long. I wish I had two votes, a yes vote for Vernon school and a no vote for Dummerston school. Such an odd unhappy split.

Gurudharm Singh Khalsa


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