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Money will not solve problems in schools
In reference to the letter to the editor titled “I take offense” by Ron Fehring in the Aug. 11 edition of the Westside Messenger: Ron, I feel your pain. I personally have not voted for a school levy since 1957.
I’ve been a homeowner in the past. Owned one for 18 years.
The Supreme Court of the United States passed down the verdict that it was unconstitutional to collect property taxes for the support of schools. Why does it still go on? Well,why do schools provide nurseries for unwed teenagers to nurse and change diapers? Why do teenagers know more about sex, but can’t read their diplomas? Why is the graduation percentage so low? Why has the home schooling rate risen? Because the schools and the social engineers are more interested in being politically correct. Home schoolers are sending their children to colleges.
The federal government has now become the enemy of parents who are home schooling. Raising the costs of certification, dreaming up more obstacles to put in their way. There are problems in schools, but throwing money at these problems,will not resolve them.
Block party brings neighborhood together
I am writing concerning a block party that took place this past Saturday.
Inside wonderful Westgate on Letchworth Avenue between West Broad and Olive we had our first annual block party! It was quite a success as almost everyone took part. Neighbors came out with grills and a potluck of side dishes.
Children and adults had a blast as they sprayed silly string, launched water balloons, played corn hole, and best of all took a turn at sliding down the huge inflatable double water slide!
On a daily basis we have a friendly neighborhood, but it was nice to be able to chat and learn a little more about everyone. I brag frequently about Westgate and after Saturday’s party I have even more pride in this best kept secret known as Westgate!
Make your choice based on the facts
SWCS voters are being presented with a choice. Do we want to take advantage of an incredible opportunity that will impact every building and every student in the district for nearly half the actual cost and keep current programs in place for the next several years? Each voter will have to decide for themselves on Election Day, and it is my hope that the choice will be based on accurate information as well as personal values, community pride, and an eye towards the future.
Unfortunately, the present economy has created a situation where everyone is feeling the impact. The school district also is feeling this pressure - and it’s multiplied by 21,000 students and 127 square miles. Fuel for buses, employee healthcare costs, utility and maintenance costs for aging buildings, and food purchases for school cafeterias have all increased dramatically and the district has made adjustments, stretched dollars, and been responsible with the funds provided to them.
Undoubtedly district officials would have preferred for the state to offer SWCS this $200 million-plus chance at another moment in time, but the timing was not theirs to choose. I am pleased that the board and administration were forward-thinking and honest enough to present this to the voters in the present circumstances. They presented the situation as it was – the district has a once-in-a-lifetime chance to drastically improve or rebuild every single building in the district at nearly half the cost, and in order to prevent additional, drastic cuts to present programs additional operating funds are needed.
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