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Maple leaf statues to adorn downtown

Does anyone else see a marijuana leaf when they look at that model? Because we're paying an awful lot of money to celebrate hemp if you do.

May 9, 2013 at 9:28 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Baldwin City Recycle Center

The recycling center gets removed for Thomas the Tank Engine every year. It will be back after June 10.

May 23, 2012 at 1:56 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

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If the rural candidates get elected, they will vote to reverse the school board's decision to close the schools. It's a done deal. It's why they are running. They've been meeting about it for months. They can dress up their reasons with a million different flourishes and bows, but the main reason they are seeking seats on the school board in such numbers is to reverse the closure decision. Which is their right. Good for them for being organized. They just need four votes.

If you don't want that decision reversed, then you need to get out and vote on Tuesday. And get your neighbors to vote too. Because if you don't vote, you can't complain.

April 1, 2011 at 8:56 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter to the editor

I'm confused. The "election special" at Kite Video is if you bring in an "I voted" sticker on Tuesday, you get a deal on renting a dvd or two. They aren't going to ask whom you voted for. They run specials like that all the time.

March 31, 2011 at 5 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letters to the Editor

Not one negative comment about the education at BES, Ghostie? I don't think we've been attending the same school board meetings.

December 10, 2010 at 9:58 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

City council OKs developing preliminary plans for library expansion

If I remember correctly, wasn't that last sales tax we passed (the neverending one replacing the pool sales tax) supposed to raise enough money for the library expansion?

December 10, 2010 at 9:54 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Where's the city news?

Here's what I know. The World Company, which owns the Signal and several other small town papers, has decided to have one editor over at least three newspapers. This editor comes here twice a week and edits what Jimmy has done. So basically, we have one reporter covering everything in town. And God Bless Jimmy, but his first love is sports, not the city council.

Say what you want about Jeff, at least he was vested in Baldwin, this traveling editor does not live here and has never lived here. Jeff knew all the players, sometimes probably too well. But at least he tried to get news beyond sports in the newspaper.

I would be surprised if the Signal makes it another year. Which to too bad.

November 8, 2010 at 4:07 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Where's the city news?

Here's what I know. The World Company, which owns the Signal and several other small town papers, has decided to have one editor over at least three newspapers. This editor comes here twice a week and edits what Jimmy has done. So basically, we have one reporter covering everything in town. And God Bless Jimmy, but his first love is sports, not the city council.

Say what you want about Jeff, at least he was vested in Baldwin, this traveling editor does not live here and has never lived here. Jeff knew all the players, sometimes probably too well. But at least he tried to get news beyond sports in the newspaper.

I would be surprised if the Signal makes it another year. Which to too bad.

November 8, 2010 at 4:07 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letters to the Editor

So what you are saying is if parents advocate on an emotional level for their in-town schools, they are "ego-maniacal"? And if they are passionate about not gutting every other program, project, etc., in the district for less than 200 students, about one-third of which are from out of district, they are greedy? Interesting. Wrong-headed and inflammatory, too.

The PC and IC parents sat through as many public school board meetings as the rural parents did. We got the same facts. And then, we got to hear how "wonderful" the rural schools were at the expense of the "urban core" schools over and over again, and how if their children had to come in town it would ruin their lives forever.

The PC and IC are fantastic, high-scoring schools with vibrant teaching staffs and smart students. The parents are just as concerned about their children's public education as those in the rural areas. But here's the difference: I worry about what's going to happen when my child is no longer in the lower grades. I have not seen this from the rural parents. They have only told me about RIGHT NOW. But what about when their child gets to middle school and high school, and there is no technology, no art, no music, minimal athletics, no AP courses, inexperienced teachers, old textbooks, security concerns, and a general lack of upkeep and cleanliness? These programs have already been affected. (And I'm not talking about 7th grade athletics.) Then will they suddenly insist on closing the rural schools?

Personally, my child is getting an excellent elementary education. But if, when my child gets to high school, we discover that the educational opportunities that would allow my child to succeed, whether here or elsewhere, are not available, we will leave. And I know many parents who feel the same way, whether over high school athletics or AP courses. After all, it's your high school grades, activities and programs that get you into college.

I have tried over and over again to have a rational discussion about this with others. But it’s impossible. The emotion is too high. The school board has said over and over that it was the emotional displays from the rural parents that made them ignore pretty much everything their fact-finding committees discovered. And then the state swooped in and saved the day, for now.

The Kite's letter was well-written and well-researched. The items they list are not made up. They are based on information provided by the district, teachers and administration. In fact, I appreciate that both Ed and Joanne are willing to publicly discuss their concerns. And they did it without denigrating the rural schools.

The debate will rage on. People with gnash their teeth and call names. They won't listen to each other and attempt to compromise. For some reason, this has become an all-or-nothing debate. And that is incredibly sad.

June 4, 2010 at 12:30 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

School board hears budget-cutting numbers

I don't know this for sure, but I think that if the Baldwin school district goes to a four day week (in whatever form), there is still a required number of days that schools must be open. It's just going to involve rearranging the school year and maybe the school day a bit. There are several different ways that could be done, when the report comes out, take a look.

That being said, I think asking the teachers to take a pay cut is a poor choice. I do think the administration, and by this I mean everyone from principals on up, should evaluate taking some kind of pay cut. Whether it is 5 percent or 3 percent, I think it would show the patrons of this district that they understand that we are ALL going to be affected by these cuts. I don't want us to just keep cutting budgets on the backs of the students.

From what I can tell, it's not going to be changing one thing that will get us where we need to be budgetwise. It's going to be several. I believe the school district has cut all the low-hanging fruit. And now it's time to look at everything else.

March 29, 2010 at 8:31 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

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