Thursday, October 21, 2021

Serious Quiz Time For You – What is Bundling and How Does This Affect Us Today?

Rumination from the Rock and Beyond

Here are your choices about “bundling,” try to find the relevant one for the present day.

a. Bundling or tarrying is a practice of wrapping two unmarried persons, a couple, fully clothed in a bed together at the parents’ home as part of their courtship to allow intimacy without the ability to undress or have, er, sex.

b. To tie up a number of things into a parcel or bundle, like laundry, to take to be dry-cleaned.

c. To be pushed forcibly or bundled into a vehicle in the act of kidnapping or other dastardly crimes.

d. A marketing technique of offering two or more goods or services together as a package deal and at a price lower than the two or more goods would be separately if added together. Also called price bundling.

e. Campaign bundling is when a small group of people pool or aggregate their contributions and then delivers them to a campaign in a lump sum – a way to circumvent individual contributions limits.

f.  Constitutional amendments that are bundled can confuse voters, for example, the Florida Constitution Revision Commission (FCRC) is putting eight amendments before voters and most include two and three proposals in each. If you agree with one and not the other, how do you vote?

This is a calculated conundrum for the voters in Florida courtesy of the FCRC. In the past, historically, eight separate proposals with single-subject topics were presented and those were easier to process without weighing the pros and cons of unrelated issues mixed into each amendment.

Each amendment needs to be carefully considered and you’ll have a chance to read them in entirety when you receive your absentee ballot or read them on the ballot when you officially go to vote in person.

Some examples:

Amendment 6 establishes rights for crime victims, including the right to be notified of major developments in court cases and the right to be heard in legal proceedings. It would also increase the mandatory age for retirement from 70

to 75 and would provide that judges and hearing officers not necessarily defer to the interpretation of rules and laws by governmental agencies in legal proceedings.

Amendment 7 wants to raise the tuition fees at Florida schools, which the schools do not support, after a super-majority vote by trustees to allow the raise in tuition. This is combined with greater benefits for first responders and military members, including death benefits for those who are killed while performing official duties. The dilemma is “most” people would probably support greater benefits for these special groups, but why vote for it if the schools themselves are not supportive of the method to raise tuition?

There’s Amendment 8, which wants to term-limit school board members to two four-year terms, even though the voting public could make that decision based on the performance of the school board member. Combined with this decision in the same amendment is a requirement to have Civics Education in schools. Well, guess what? We already have Civics Education in our schools!

*Red Alert! Now, the big issue is that the FCRC wants ALL charter schools to be vetted by any person or entity, public or private to be designated as authorized to operate, control and supervise newly created charter schools. This means that approval and supervision of charter schools will be in the hands of decision makers far, far away from Collier County. How is that a good decision? Communities plead for local control, so why would this be a positive move? Decisions made by “any person, public or private” to make a decision far removed from the community concerned makes no sense.

Another example. Amendment 9 combines a proposed ban on off-shore drilling along with a proposed ban on vaping in the workplace. Speaking for myself, I do not want off-shore drilling to ruin our beaches and economic prosperity. How vaping was attached to that amendment is beyond me.

Carol Weissert, Florida State University political scientist, suggests that voters will just be confused and possibly vote NO, rather than say YES to something they disagree with.

Right now there are 13 amendments on the ballot, which need at least 60% of the voters approving the measure. In 1978, the commission advanced eight ballot measures and they were all defeated. There are some that are being challenged in the courts so stay tuned. Each amendment needs to be carefully considered and you’ll have a chance to read them in entirety when you receive your absentee ballot or read them on the ballot when you officially go to vote in person. (Of course that will take a bit of time, so reading them ahead of voting time is advised.

Jory Westberry has been a dedicated educator for over 40 years, the last 14 as Principal of Tommie Barfield Elementary, where she left her heart. Life is rich with things to learn, ponder and enjoy so let’s get on with the journey together!

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