Filled with feel good, fuzzy ideas
For years and years, the taxpayers have been paying more and more tax dollars to fund public education.
The result: Students, who may or may not graduate are underachieving in everything except maybe in sports. I have met recent "graduates" who could not even write their own name!
Public schools are union controlled and do not want any changes but more taxpayer monies in their coffers!
Our public schools have turned into welfare centers to provide welfare instead of centers of education.
Take the European and Japanese schools for example. They don't have sports teams, don't teach "social awareness" or other useless subjects. They are not there to provide welfare programs nor do they provide school buses.
They teach subjects that are important for students and their country to get ahead in an ever changing world!
When you look at the U.S., the students, if they graduate from high school, are full of "feel good" and fuzzy ideas which have no reality to life on the outside.
Amendment 66 would just further the cause of unions and the students would still suffer!
If their was a really good attempt for public schools to get back to basics, I would vote for "66."
But that would only be a dream.
Franz G. Yohe
Researching Ballot Initiative 3A
I've become increasingly alarmed with Ballot Initiative 3A as I've researched how to vote on the Lewis-Palmer School District 38 massive $4.5 million Mill Levy Override. 3A, if passed, will take Tri-Lakes property owners from the ninth highest taxed school district in Colorado to the third out 178 districts! This is a 20 percent increase in the taxes paid to D-38! 3A also imposes additional onerous taxes on local businesses already burdened by the struggling economy.
I grew up in Monument and graduated from Lewis-Palmer High School as have my own children. We've benefited from a district that has long been "Accredited with Distinction," the highest rating given to Colorado public schools. 3A proponents are using emotion-filled messages to imply that our kids will suffer unduly if they don't secure this hefty MLO. Perhaps a capped, limited MLO is justified. Instead of 3A, however, let's look first at applying sound fiscal policies to right the ship.
Here's what else I've learned about 3A in my research:
- This MLO goes on in perpetuity versus a specified time frame.
- It has no cap as other districts have done. D-12 (Cheyenne Mountain) voters capped their MLO at 50 Mills. D-38 is already at 51.7 Mills going to 62.2!
- In 2010 the current board borrowed $4.1 million by issuing two Certificates of Participation to cover operating expenses and refinance three capital leases under a 20-year term, obligating D-38 taxpayers to pay back the principle plus $2.4 million in interest.
- The current board cut 35 teaching positions, froze teacher salaries and cut programs and services.
- The Colorado Department of Education placed D38 on the State Auditor's Watch List for 'severe financial distress' between 2006-2009.
It's a weird irony that there is currently a whopping $11 million in the D-38 reserve fund, the highest ever according to any data I can find. Given the reserves, why did we cut teachers and programs? Why didn't we just pay off the capital leases in 2013 and 2014?
The hubris of 3A has caught me completely off guard. I'm a hometown girl who has always appreciated the important role our D38 schools have played in galvanizing the community. This is not the Tri-Lakes spirit I've known since girlhood. It's taxpayer usury. Fellow property and business owners, even if you don't typically vote in off-year elections, you must research 3A carefully. The facts just don't support the need for this MLO. I'm voting no on 3A.
Laura (Price) McGuire
Good news first thing in the morning
I just want to thank you for putting large photos of good news on the front page of The Gazette. It is very uplifting to see good news first thing in the morning, especially since we as a community, have been experiencing the effects of the tragic fires and floods.
Again, thank you so much.
The real problem is the laws
I would like to answer both Loren Kramer's and Steve Bell's letters. ("This is hate speech based on fear", Saturday, Oct. 15)
When I was 24 years old my brother tried to kill himself by slicing his arms and wrists. It took 900 stitches to close his wounds. When my wife and I saw him in the hospital he held his arms up and said "look what they made me do." Voices had told him to kill himself or they would bury him alive. Before all this happened the police had caught him running through the forests of New York and Ireland trying to escape these voices.
He lived in California. They said he was paranoid schizophrenic with a hatred of women and held him only three days. I begged them to keep him in the hospital but they said because of the law they could not. I am 66 years old and have not seen him since. I know that he was capable of killing other people if that would have stopped the voices.
Loren Kramer is 100 percent right about the real problem in these mass shootings and that is, the law that lets these dangerous people walk the streets. I know. I lived it.