Archive for Thursday, March 24, 2005

Letters to the Editor

March 24, 2005

To the editor:

The Baldwin City Community Emergency Fund Committee would like to express appreciation for the fundraiser support and many contributions during the past year.

Donations have provided assistance for many families in need. We have helped with rent, gas, utilities, medicine and food. The food vouchers given during the Christmas season reached 70 people and 32 families have received help with utility costs. The needs are many but with continued generous help from the community, we are thankful to provide needed assistance.

Watch for a summer fundraiser. Donations are always welcome at the Baldwin State Bank.

Thank you Baldwin!

Members of Baldwin City Community Emergency Fund

To the editor:

Concerning articles in the Baldwin City Signal (3/10/05) titled "Public turns out for talks" and "Some school board advice," I would like to make some comments.

First, I am not knowledgeable enough to discuss the financial situation of the Baldwin City School District, but I would like to make these comments:

a) I believe either or both MSES and Vinland received about 100 percent on achievement tests a couple of years ago. So achievement is not the problem.

b) Through wars and depression, various schools have remained open and have done well.

c) Can't we assume that the tax base in the Baldwin City district has increased dramatically in recent years?

d) Was it made clear to the taxpayers when voting on various bond issues that these schools might be closed?

e) Hypothetically, how would the district authorities feel if the Vinland and the MSES tax bases were withdrawn upon the closing of these schools?

It appears to me that in many districts across the state, there is a movement by some people in authority to close long-time academically successful schools for the sake of budget when consolidation was supposed to be the answer, and then it is stated that they are for education, while, in reality, most 3-A to 6-A schools are near or at the limit on their LOB, whereas very few 1-A to 2-A schools are.

Leo V. Kerwin

Wellsville, KS

To the editor:

I am writing to encourage the good people of Baldwin to stand in defense of democratic principles on April 5, and vote "no" against the proposed same-sex marriage amendment.

Kansas law already prohibits same-sex marriage. As a taxpayer concerned about freedom, the economy, education, healthcare, war, etc., I find it ridiculous that we would spend exorbitant time and energy debating an issue that is clearly defined and already deemed illegal as per the Kansas State Constitution. Why then has all this time and energy been expended to defeat a proposal that is already illegal? The answer: The amendment is not about protecting marriage, but rather, it is a gimmick, born from the desire to dismantle what Thomas Jefferson called "the wall of separation between church and state." Voters have been duped into believing their "yes" vote will defend marriage, when truthfully, this election is

simply a strategic move on the part of powerful extremists to fuel an overwhelming, advancing religious machine.

Some Americans question why the centralization of church and state should concern us as citizens. There are people who assert that the United States is a Christian nation founded on Christian principles. If those who make this assertion are merely implying that

most Americans are Christians, they have a point; however, to state literally that America is officially a Christian nation raises the stakes considerably and represents a profoundly fallacious assumption based not on a genuine understanding of American democracy, but on myth and legend. George Washington, in Article 11 of the Treaty with Tripoli, written in 1797 and approved unanimously by the Senate stated, "The government of the United States is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion." Such ardent declarations (of which there are many) made by the Founding Fathers originated from the acceptance of an undisputable truth: the mixture of church and state will inevitably result in the downfall of democracy.

It's time we Americans, many of us religious, accept the truth. It's not marriage that needs defending, it's our democracy. Take the first step toward protecting the way of life we increasingly take for

granted. Vote "no" against the Marriage Amendment.

Kimberly White


1624 Kenwood Drive

To the editor,

I am writing in response to a garage sale ad that claimed to be selling live bunnies for Easter. Rabbits are not gifts, and you may be getting more than you bargained for once your child loses interest a few weeks after the holiday.

Every Easter, thousands of children beg their parents for a pet bunny. Most parents think rabbits are the perfect low-maintenance "starter pet" for their child. Think again!

Rabbits can live ten years or more. They are fragile animals who dont necessarily enjoy being cuddled by a small child. They require special vet care, and can be as expensive and time consuming as a pet dog or cat.

Thousands of rabbits bought on impulse each Easter end up in our local shelters because they didnt turn out to be the perfect pet our child was hoping for. If they're not so lucky, they end up living out their entire lonely life, neglected in a small cage.

If you actually care to research the idea of bringing a rabbit into your home and you are prepared to provide it with it's needs for it's entire life--then check out the bunnies awaiting adoption at a local humane society. Otherwise, stick to the chocolate kind this Easter. kris taylor 502 12th terr tonganoxie, ks 66086.

Dear Editor/Publisher:

I want to publicly thank Representative Tom Holland who voted in favor of tuition ownership and block grant funding for the six Regents universities. ithout this support, the Kansas House would have forced the Regents universities to raise tuition and then transfer it for use at the K-12 level. tudent tuition should not be a source of funding for the State General Fund. e are elated that Representative Tom Holland chose to support these initiatives, as we believe the policies are crucial to the well being of our state higher education system.

Kansas legislators have been charged with a very difficult responsibility in solving the budget crisis at the K-12 level. know many have worked diligently to find a reasonable solution. ur educational system as a whole must remain strong, giving students the opportunity for a quality education at all levels. e appreciate the foresight of House members in realizing that harming the postsecondary institutions in order to help K-12 would not have been the best strategy.

Be assured that we at Fort Hays State University will do our part to continue to provide affordable education by keeping our tuition as low as possible. he support of our legislators will help make this possible.

Sincerely yours,

Edward H. Hammond


Fort Hays State University

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