Voters should get informed

On Tuesday, Nov. 5, voters in the Spring Lake Public Schools district will be asked to consider a $59.8 million bond program.
Oct 8, 2013

Generally speaking, most people cringe at the thought of having to pay more, regardless of the purpose. As a society, we see it in all aspects of our life — at the gas pumps, the grocery store, health care — the list goes on and on. 

At times, being able to absorb additional expense seems daunting, and we are quick to shut down and be resistant to the facts pertaining to the reasoning behind the issue, regardless of what it is.

The decision being faced by Spring Lake school district voters is no different.

Regardless of where you stand on the upcoming bond proposal, it’s your responsibility as a voter to get informed. 

An informational meeting is being held at Spring Lake District Library at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16. Attendees will hear a short presentation by Spring Lake Superintendent Dennis Furton, followed by plenty of time for questions. 

You can also go to and click on the “Bond 2013 Presentations” for a list of other informational sessions. You’ll also find a great deal of other information on that site. 

It’s easy to gather information over the fence in the backyard or around the coffee table at your favorite diner and solve the world’s problems, but are you really getting accurate information? Misinformation travels fast.

Spring Lake Public Schools has a tradition of excellence. Their record speaks for itself. It’s those same leaders that we entrust our children with who can provide voters with the accurate information. 

We owe it to our community. We owe it to our youth. 

Vote responsibly — get informed.

Our Views reflects the majority opinion of the members of the Grand Haven Tribune editorial board: Kevin Hook, Cheryl Welch, Matt DeYoung, Alex Doty and Fred VandenBrand. What do you think? E-mail us a letter to the editor to or log-in to our website and leave a comment below.



Voters need to go down and look at the books to see just where and how their money is being spent. As for me I get tired of seeing my taxes go up, administrator pay go way up up and away. While my pay goes down, down and down.

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