Letters to the Editor
To the editor
I would like to take this opportunity to thank several of the citizens of Baldwin City for their assistance during the Christmas blizzard. I was informed by members of my department that these people went above and beyond to assist other citizens by pulling stuck vehicles from the snow at least nine times, transporting people to various locations, pulling our police vehicles out of the snow at least six times and pulling an ambulance out of the snow.
These individuals; Nathan and Jessica Worley, Jason Worley, Lacey and Mikey Erickson, Bruce Brown and a few other unnamed citizens, spent their personal time and used their personal vehicles to assist Baldwin City residents during our first blizzard in many years. I would like to personally thank these people for their efforts. People like these individuals make Baldwin City a great place to live.
Chief of Police
Baldwin City Police Department
To the editor:
An open letter to the Baldwin School Board and Supt. Paul Dorathy:
I must ask you whether you feel proud of what you have done to taxes of the people who you are supposed to represent. You have had a major part in making us the highest taxed segment of Douglas County. You may feel proud of your accomplishments, but you should be ashamed.
Now, I am a senior citizen with no big college degree, but I and other folks who have been around for a while were concerned as were some of the bankers, that the future looked pretty dark. I guess you didn’t have the foresight to evaluate the signs of homes being foreclosed, high taxes, plus high utility costs the city incurred to accommodate the large number of new homes, fuel costs out of reason for folks that thought they would like to move here and commute to work in the city. They soon found this to be more expense than bargained for. With costs as they are, I don’t think you will find growth to justify the need for all the additional facilities you have committed us to. You sold this bill of goods to voters who either had money or who had no idea what this would do to the district taxes. As most know, it is easy to get voters cranked up on issues, to buy signs, to beat down doors to get what they think they want. It is difficult to organize the opponents to fight against them as most are older and figure it is a lost cause anyway.
We are stuck with what you have done to us already. The only thing that could be altered in the plans could be to forget about the Performing Arts Center, but I’m sure that would destroy some of the glamour of your great plan for our district.
Many taxpayers in this district are extremely disappointed in your willingness to commit us to the expense we now must endure. You may be able to pay the extra taxes, but you didn’t think of those who are trying to meet expenses on Social Security income or a person who has an hourly income of somewhere between $10 to $15 and making monthly house payments. You never thought about them in your haste to do big things, did you?
Of course, when we say why are we spending all this money for this new construction and we must lay off teachers, we get the response that this money comes out of a different pot. It comes from the same pot, your constituents. You must have a place for funds, when needed, that are there to use for these emergencies. If there are not provisions for this, then you need to change the rules for it rather than going “hell bent” to find a way to spend every cent.