School Board Election Vent And More

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Editor:

My mother used to say, “you can’t out nasty anyone, but you can out nice them.” Sorry Mom, I have tried to be patient, but I just have to vent about the school board elections, among other things.

The Roundup provided extensive background information about all of the candidates. I studied them carefully, so you can imagine my surprise when I learned that a candidate without any educational background or experience was elected to the school board.

Many voters apparently voted on name recognition only without bothering to learn about the candidates.

A close and constant watch should be made to make sure these new board members do their job well.

Also, I have responded to Paul Gosar’s many e-mail letters telling me how much good he is doing. However, he refuses to face the fact that without revenue, our country cannot continue to thrive or even exist.

I agree that there must also be cuts. An example would be to do away with Franking Privileges. With the Internet available to almost everywhere in the world, the approximately “$28 million spent during the last nine months of 2011 by Congress” could be cut in the future and used elsewhere, even to help pay down the debt.

Representative Gosar spent more than double the amount of other Congressmen, “$171,000, during that same time period.” He does say he returned $80,000. That still means he spent a third more than the average.

And, an example of questionable congressional action was the 2006 mandate for the Postal Service to pre-fund health care benefits of future retirees, a 75-year liability over a 10-year period.

No wonder the Postal Service has lost so much money.

I don’t have any idea who came up with this bright idea, but I do think it is time for some intelligent, creative thinking on the part of those who represent us. Solve our problems; don’t create them.

And lastly, to those four churches where pre-election prayer services were held, I do hope they don’t lose their tax sheltered “charity status.”

Sylvia Freeman

Comments

don evans 1 year, 4 months ago

Dear Ms. Freeman, since when does someone from the community have to be an "Educator" to be on a local school district board? You of all people, based on your financial complaints should know, a school board member helps set school district financial priorities. Also a watch dog on tax payer dollars and how they are used. This should be done using "common sense." Something that is sorely lacking in so called higher academic elites with a piece of paper to hang on the wall.

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Dan Haapala 1 year, 4 months ago

In reference to Freeman's letter to the editor, What we need in our Education system is fewer people taking salaries from tax dollars and more money going to the education, correct education, of our children. School board members SHOULD not be members of the Education elite and be more parent involved. I'll admit I was getting ready to go balistic but decided instead to play nice, in the conservative fashion, and simply post..."No further comment"

Can I ask Freeman a simple question? Where does she believe the money to run the schools comes from?

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