Archive for Thursday, January 28, 2010

Letters to the Editor

January 28, 2010

To the editor:

I fully agree with Lee Whaley’s letter in the Jan. 14 issue of the Signal. The people who voted for the new school have placed a big tax burden on the elderly, who are on a fixed income. Also, anyone who has property has seen a big increase in their taxes.

I wish more people had done more thinking about the consequences the bond passing caused. Closing Vinland Elementary School and Marion Springs Elementary School is not the answer to the school finance problem.

I am a 1940 graduate of Baldwin High School and have paid taxes in the Baldwin School District ever since consolidation. There is an old saying my mother used to say. You always have to pay the fiddler when the dance is over. We are paying dearly for this school bond.

Harold Jehle

Baldwin City

To the editor:

When Baldwin held its last school bond issue, I wrote a letter to the editor which I hoped it wouldn’t be the case of wanting the Vinland and Marion Springs tax money, but not their schools. Well, it appears that that time has arrived.

Recently, I have seen many academically great schools close due to some type of consolidation. But it appears that despite recent attempts to consolidate even the larger district are having trouble meeting their financial needs.

According to one philosophy, each sense or organ has its primary objective, i.e. the nose to smell, the ear to hear, the mind to think. In most countries the primary medium for giving the brain the tools to think is the school (the family also plays an important role).

One of the most popular arguments for closing a school is that money can be saved because the cost per pupil can be reduced. An analogy would be like buying a carpet — the larger the carpet the less paid per square foot. Let’s examine the fact of closing smaller but better performing schools.

A.) If the carpet is inferior (the school to which the student is transferred is not academically as good). What advantage is it if you pay less, but also receive a less quality carpet?

B.) In larger schools usually fewer students get to participate. What good is the carpet if fewer students get to walk on it? From my experience in teaching in larger schools, about 200-250 students out of 1,000 don’t get a chance to participate in anything.

The problem with American schools is that they have lost their primary “objectum formali quo,” the development of the mind. They have become unbalanced with sociological issues which are quite expensive.

For once, educators and patrons, let’s keep schools that are developing the mind, that are performing, and in which more students participate.

Leo Kerwin

Wellsville

To the editor:

Cuts made by the state in Medicaid have caused Kansans with disabilities to lose services and low-paid care-givers have seen their pay decline. Medicaid payment cuts usually lead to cuts in services, and this will threaten access to crucial health care services for the 300,000 low-income Kansans on Medicaid.

The House Tax Committee is hearing the Governor's Sales Tax Proposal. Now is the time to let our legislators know that our seniors and disabled citizens are worth saving and cannot take more cuts. Please urge your legislators to pass the House Bill 2475 that will stop these cuts and protect the quality of life of our friends and neighbors.

Gerard Arantowicz

Baldwin City

Kansas Vocational Rehabilitation Program

To the editor:

We would like to commend two young boys for their help in stopping bullying on the walking path between the Baldwin Elementary Intermediate Center and Elm Street. On more than one occasion, Shelton Shively and Ryan Wessling have stepped in to help both boys and girls that were being picked on, harassed, and even punched in the face. As parents of a kid that occasionally walks that path, we truly appreciated their bravery and good citizenship. Thank you to Shelton and Ryan!

Ed and Joanne Kite

Baldwin City

Comments

Torch 4 years, 7 months ago

Everyone know - and has for years - that Vinland and MS were luxuries paid for by the majority of Baldwin residents to appease the rural families (even though those same families eventually had to come to Baldwin for Middle and High School.)

The party is over. There is no money. The quality of the 'education' in those schools is no better than anywhere else.

If you want to keep them open have a bake sale. In the meantime get a grip on reality and understand that we are going broke rapidly. All of us. We can debate why all day long but the fact is the State of Kansas is out of money.

Most decisions in Baldwin are made with a very narrow focus...specifically that nothing happens outside our little piece of paradise. Because of that it's difficult for people to understand that there is actually a world out there that impacts us.

These schools are a luxury we no longer can afford...and couldn't even two or three years ago when Dorathy said that the $200,000-a-year savings for closing the schools wasn't big enough...that it was 'good for the district' to have those schools open.

It wasn't then and it isn't now.

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BCproper 4 years, 7 months ago

Your bake sale comment is very rude.

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