Dad, husband, baseball coach, writer, community activist and crappy guitar player...I tend to stand a little to the left on most issues. I don't get my news from Fox "News" - and neither should you.
Nobody asks me any questions as I walk right in the wide open door. An older gentleman wearing American flag stickers on his tweed sport jacket greets me and points me toward the cafeteria where I stand in line for all of two minutes and cast my ballot. Then I grab a couple "I voted" stickers for my kids, snatch them from them classroom and walk right past a 19 year old auxiliary police officer who is still battling acne and is sitting on a chair in the hallway. He never once makes eye contact and looks annoyed that he has to even be there. I go outside to find somone has parked their car ON the playground and is virtually blocking the four year old kindergarten exit. Apparently Highland View was out of handicap parking spots. No one has asked her to move.
Citizens who have just voted now roam the hallways taking unannounced, self-guided tours of the school to see what improvements have been made over the years. Little kids stare up at the strange faces passing them in the hallway.
Casting my ballot at my children's school is easy and a luxury...one I would give up in a heartbeat to ensure the safety of my kids.
Other nearby municipalities understand that traditions evolve over time - Muskego is moving elections out of schools. Oak creek is finding alternative polling stations after their city clerk stated, "In a post-Sandy Hook world, schools might not be the best place for such a large number of people to stream in and out." Our neighbor, Franklin has never held elections in schools.
I truly hope the Village of Greendale shows courage and does what is right - move elections out of our schools.