I was very upset when I read your article "W-H-A taxpayers could pay more by not approving referendum." This makes it should like the cost of portable buildings will be more than the $14,950,000 bond, which is not true.
There are some of us that do not object to paying for a bond for building but do not like this particular bond with a proposal for an add on to the present school rather than a new grammar school. Once people realize that the administration will work with portables which are much cheaper to build it may be impossible to get anything passed.
Sen. Kinkel pointed out that two bond issues were voted down in Park Rapids with a third larger bond finally passing after they agreed to keep a small school open in Osage. Your newspaper shows Brainerd has eight schools varying in size from 183 to 632. It may be necessary for Walker to compromise and have a small school in either Akeley or Hackensack in addition to Walker. No one has ever said that democracy is the cheapest way to do something but so far it has turned out to be the best.
I also resent the present attempt to use our fire safety problems as a hammer to force us to vote for something we may object to. If the school board is that concerned that this bond may not pass they should stop the process and allow people to work on a compromise which may pass.
It is my understanding, after reading the fire marshal's report and talking to him, that most of our problems came about because of an administration which has shown no concern about fire safety and the need to keep schools up to code. It is my opinion that the individual who broke the agreement with the fire marshal not to use the second and third story for storage in the Akeley school should be fired. In addition, I question how anyone could authorize remodeling or renovations in Walker to the non-combustible structure with materials that are combustible without checking with the fire marshall?
This should be a warning to parents that you can not trust those responsible to keep our children safe to do so. They should make sure every district has someone responsible to ensure that fire codes are being followed.
Behind the wheel
Every wonder why that driver in front of you never signals before they turn?
Like a smoke going in hand or mouth. A cup of coffee between the legs. Cell phone, usually in the right ear. Burger and fries in the center console, radio on blast and many can just peer over the steering wheel.
Other options...while trying to drive and/or steer.
1. Kids having a bad day in backseat.
2. Use top of dash for a landfill or filing cabinet requires use of one hand or arm to hold in place on sharp turns.
3. Pick nose or comb hair when not smoking.
4. Turn signal left on indefinitely. Usually happens when air freshener hanging from turn signal lever becomes tangled, necessary because of smoke and food odors.
5. Applying lipstick and eyeliner in rearview mirror. Usually,
in the left lane and may have emergency flashers on.
6. Fall and winter fail to scrape frost from windshield or windows. Being they can't see your signal, why use theirs.
7. Selecting CD's or tapes from landfill.
8. I could go on and on here.
Seniors will recall when you stuck your arm out of the window to signal your turn or coming to a stop. Still wouldn't work here. Even using a knee to steer with, there's that cup of coffee.
AARP offers a defensive driving course called "55 Alive" for seniors 55 and older. Wrong!! Should be "16 wants to be 60?"
Right. I'm not being fair. It's not just young drivers. You see a lot of blue hair, no hair and soon-to-be geezers behind the wheel.
Blink -- Blink.
Sane solutions needed
After listening to Wayne Lapierre, the spokesman for the National Rifle Association, I am convinced he does more to encourage irresponsible gun control than all the gun control advocates put together! As a gun owner and a believer in the individuals' right to keep and bear arms I find his "slash and burn" attacks on any one who disagrees with his opinion an utter failure and certainly counter productive to discussing sensible gun usage.
I agree, "Guns don't kill, people do." However, if they have access to military weapons they can kill a lot more people a lot quicker! I certainly don't have the answer to the gun dilemma, however I do have some opinions.
First, all gun buyers should be instructed in the handling of any firearm they purchase.
Second, all guns should be bought and sold through a licensed dealer.
Third, military weapons should be banned from general use. As a former owner of many "surplus" military weapons I can attest to the potential destructive power of these guns.
Last, weapons training and marksmanship competition should be as regular a part of schooling as drivers ed!
With a quarter billion guns in the American publics' hands, this topic will only gain more urgency and importance as time goes by. If responsible gun owners and users don't come up with some sane, sensible, feasible solutions, the government will be forced to!
Don't blame the Jews
Why do people keep blaming the Jews for killing Jesus? They didn't! God did. He said "I will smite the shepherd and the sheep will scatter. But after that I am risen." Mark 14-27. God had to put it into Judas's heart to betray Christ (he was already evil). Luke 22-23. Jesus said God would prevent my death, but how would Scripture be fulfilled, that thus it must be. Math. 25-53. Christ said, "no man takes my life. I give it willingly." Plus, He was killed in God's timing, not man's!
So, let's not blame the Jews. Christ was born to die in order to save us. Awesome.
Disagrees with vote
Last week the Minnesota State Senate debated the future of the "Profile of Learning" for 3 1/2 hours. There were numerous efforts to significantly alter, delay or eliminate the Profile. Some amendments failed by as few as one vote.
I have visited with numerous parents and teachers around our community and it's clear that we must move beyond the Profile and install high standards that promote the fundamentals our children must master to succeed. Unfortunately, Senator Don Samuelson does not agree.
On Thursday, March 16, Senator Samuelson voted against an amendment to keep the Profile as an option for school districts, but to also allow districts to develop their own rigorous standards and assessments that would replace the Profile. That amendment failed 31-32. Had Senator Samuelson voted "yes" our local school districts would have the freedom to teach and evaluate our children as they see fit. Instead, the state will continue to dictate much of what happens at the local level.
It's time to scrap the "Profile of Learning" and return control of our schools to parents, teachers, and school boards. The Senate had the chance to make that happen. Unfortunately, Don Samuelson was the deciding vote in favor of keeping the Profile in place.
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