Did you know that the Independence School District will receive nothing from the new revenue that comes from Proposition A?  Fort Osage patrons: you get left out, too, as do more than one fourth of all districts statewide.

I drove down the street in my neighborhood and encountered a 4-foot by 8-foot sign encouraging me to vote for Proposition A because it will help our schools. I then turned on the television and saw a candidate for teacher of the year in the Independence School District encouraging me to vote for the proposition because it will help our kids. 

Maybe I should not be so easily offended by such things because we should defend political speech. It is protected by the First Amendment of the United States Constitution, but it saddens to me that such exercises of free speech are deceiving to voters. 

Did you know that the Independence School District will receive nothing from the new revenue that comes from Proposition A? 

Fort Osage patrons: you get left out, too, as do more than one fourth of all districts statewide.

So why does a candidate for teacher of the year in Independence encourage us to vote for a proposition that will do nothing to increase funding for education of the children she teaches? 

Teachers from the Kansas City and St. Louis school districts also encourage people in their districts to vote for Proposition A, but they get no money either from the new revenues. Shouldn’t the teachers from Kansas City and St. Louis tell their citizens that their children will receive no additional funding? 

Have we become so insensitive to political advertising that we accept deceitful advertising? I happen to know a lot about proposition A, and it really is not that much about education even though it is called the Schools First Elementary and Secondary Education Funding Initiative. 

It is really about imposing changes in the laws regulating casinos. It is written by the casinos for the casinos who are telling you it is for the kids. Are we so gullible? 

I received this slick political advertisement in the mail on Saturday asking me to vote for Proposition A and you would have thought that it was all designed to help the kids, because the advertisement gave me no information about the multiple changes in the law that Proposition A makes. Do you wonder why casinos don’t tell us the truth about what the law really does? Shouldn’t we be bothered by that? 

You should be aware that the most important part of the law for the casinos is the elimination of the loss limits. The loss limits are currently $500, and if Proposition A passes, there will be no more limits? Why not call it what it is, a proposition to make the casinos more money and cause the financial devastation of more families?

Why didn’t the teacher of the year tell us that?  

The law also provides that no more casinos will be licensed in Missouri, which for many would be a good thing, but why should the existing casinos be given a statutory monopoly? I thought we believed in free enterprise in America? Why didn’t the teachers of the year tell us that?  The law also eliminates any requirements for identification except to check age, so that there will be no effective way to keep habitual gamblers and felons from the casinos.

Why didn’t the teacher of the year tell us that?

Probably the most offensive thing about Proposition A is that it places the voter in the unenviable position of having to choose between provisions that may be offensive on the one hand and well-received on the other. The courts call it logrolling and consider it to be a form of legal fraud because it may compel the voter, in order to get what he earnestly wants, to vote for something which he does not want. 

You may be in favor of a provision that limits the number of casinos because you don’t like gambling, but be opposed to the elimination of loss limits. You may oppose casinos and be in favor of increasing taxes for them, but be opposed to eliminating the loss limits. What a choice! 

I encourage you to become more educated about Proposition A. Don’t be deceived by it. It’s not about the kids. It’s all about the casinos. 

And while we should usually listen to our teachers, this time, don’t listen to the teachers who are telling you to vote for Proposition A.