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Our new high school has been compared to the Taj Mahal, a Mercedes, Buckingham Palace and the iceberg that sank the Titanic. The propaganda machine of the very vocal and intensely small minority in Fluvanna wants you to believe that past iterations of the Board of Supervisors have yoked the taxpayers with an overpriced, overlarge and over equipped edifice.

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Who are the members of the Fluvanna Taxpayers Watchdog Association? Is this a political group? Are there members from the Board of Supervisors? Are they the “Tea Party” in disguise?

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After watching the hysterical responses of a portion of the pro-schools crowd to the op-ed on teacher compensation put forth by the Fluvanna Taxpayer Watchdog Association, I have revised my personal position on additional education funding in Fluvanna County.
I believe we are in dire need of increased adult education funding for a remedial civics programs, as the concepts of free speech, the inviolability of individual constitutional rights and the concept of a loyal opposition seem foreign to a number of educators and their supporters. Add a comment

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The two page ad that was posted in the Fluvanna Review of May 31 by the Fluvanna Taxpayers Watchdog Association was astonishingly insulting to the teachers, and students of Fluvanna County. The premise of the ad seems to be that teachers today are generally dimwitted, lazy and not at all ambitious. And, therefore, they are not worth what we are paying them. Tellingly, the ad makes no mention of the students they are teaching. Add a comment

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I want to applaud the Fluvanna Review editor, Carlos Santos, for his commitment to uphold the right of free speech for all under the First Amendment of the United States Constitution and refusing to cede free and open discourse to those who would censor opposition to their own version of the truth.

All sides of the current Fluco budget issue deserve to be heard in as many public forums as possible – including the informed and the uninformed – so that county residents can judge for themselves the merits of each viewpoint.

To suggest that an advertisement not be accepted on political grounds violates both the spirit and the intent of the Founders. To take issue with an advertisement, article or op-ed is to be encouraged! And those who take any author or group to task should do so with respect, integrity and the inclusion of factual, accurate data which supports their position.

To hold a newspaper responsible for the content of any item other than those written by paid staff, or to suggest that the publisher resort to censorship of any personal opinion or political perspective is simply un-American. Our students, our public education system and our county residents deserve far better.

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