Letters to the Editor

May 12, 2011

To the editor:

To the person(s) who came and dug through the clothes that were

tied in bags left over from the auction in Baldwin, I want to give a “big thanks.” You dug through the bags, scattering all of the clothes everywhere, leaving us to rebag them. It was hard enough work without you being so thoughtless for the ones that had to clean up after you. Rude is all I can say.

Terri Caruthers

Baldwin City

To the editor,

I just wanted to publicly thank our superintendent, Paul Dorathy, and USD 348 school board members for recognizing the need to continue busing our children living within the city limits. Your careful consideration of all of the concerns are greatly appreciated and respected. Once again, you have boosted our confidence in your ability to value the children of our community.

This issue will continue to be a community concern. I urge the citizens of Baldwin to contact city council members and voice their concerns regarding infrastructure that would ensure the safety of our children walking and biking. It only takes one incident to have a devastating effect on our community, and sadly you cannot take it back.

A heartfelt thank you to the school board members who have completed their term. Thanks for your dedication to our school district and community. Our new school board members will need our input, opinions and continued community support. A huge thank you for putting yourself out there for our community. I realize you are not always recognized, but your service and dedication are priceless.

Another unsung hero is our transportation director and her loyal department. Their commitment to their job is not either appreciated and/or recognized. I want to thank you for the excellent job you all do. They always put our children safely first. Thank you. Again, a huge thank you from me and most important members of our community, our children.

Tammy Johnson

Baldwin City

To the editor:

The soon-to-be defunct Marion Springs and Vinland grad schools recently had what presumably will be their last open house and carnival of their long and storied histories. I availed myself of the opportunity to attend both events and can describe the short-sighted decision to close the schools in just two words: misguided travesty. Those that I conversed with at both events expressed the same sentiment.

I attended a small consolidated school in north-central Kansas. Sadly, most of those facilities now lay vacant due to the dwindling number of students caused by the populace relocating to more urban environs. That reality is not applicable to the Marion Springs and Vinland schools. In fact, a number of families have moved to those communities to avail themselves of the superior educational opportunity that small, rural schools have proven to provide.

The often-used term “move forward” was used to coerce voters into supporting the multimillion-dollar bond issue to build the new elementary center. One can only hope that residents within the Baldwin school district continue to “move forward” by looking back at the past academic standard of excellence that the two rural schools provided, as well as the families they continue to attract to the community.

By reconsidering the closing of such fine facilities, it would help alleviate the concerns of already over-taxed residents within the Baldwin school district who fear being bamboozled into approving yet another bond to add onto the elementary center when overcrowding becomes an issue.

Tim Newacheck

Baldwin City

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