Archive for Thursday, April 8, 2010

Letter to the editor

April 8, 2010

To the editor:

This is an open letter to the Baldwin School Board and Supt. Paul Dorathy.

You people have placed a terrible tax burden on the elderly and rural people by passing the school bond.

I realize that the bond issue was passed by the vote of patrons without thinking of the financial burden.

The Revolutionary War was fought because of taxation without representation.

You are threatening to close Marion Springs Elementary School and Vinland Elementary School to satisfy your dreams. We had adequate school room with our present buildings.

All you people want is our tax dollars, but we are to keep our mouths shut.

The Lawrence School Board finally listened to their patrons and didn’t close any schools.

Harold Jehle

Rural Baldwin City


Torch 8 years, 1 month ago

While I agree that the bond issue is a big fat albatross that our grandchildren will still be wrestling with and I campaigned hard against it, the fact of the matter is that it's here and the tax burden isn't going to go away ever.

At least one outlying school should have been closed 5 years ago. Now both will have to be mothballed at least. There are hard decisions to be made. The money doesn't exist. You want more taxes and bonds to keep those places open? You complain about taxes yet you insist that we keep throwing money away on these schools for the convenience of a handful of families?

Eventually the rural children have to come to Baldwin to go to school anyway. What difference does it make if they're 6 or 12 when they start?

For too long school districts (indeed all of us) have focussed on what we want rather than what was necessary. Vinland and MS are not necessary. They're nice to have. Right now nice to have isn't smart...but then neither was the school bond and we did that anyway.


thtb 8 years, 1 month ago

Gee thanks, torch...I think this goes to show that you do not support public education. The education of our kids is the best gift we can give them for their futures. You look at as this costs so much money, instead why don't you look at it as this an investment in our kids.


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