I just read today where the county is going to give up and eliminate the home health program. Obviously this means that nursing homes are preferred and much more expensive and that's going to save us money? I thought keeping people in their homes was the cheapest way to provide health care. Obviously, I was wrong.
More noisy trucks
In regard to the "Hunk of junk trucks" you had in the Aug. 17 paper, I guess they haven't lived on Willow Street either. Willow Street is just as bad. If you want to hear noise, come live on Willow Street once. I guess what it is is the same bunch of kids who tied or clipped on the playing cards when they were little kids and rode up and down the street with their little bikes to make noise. Hopefully it'll end like all other passions of little kids.
As a Baxter city resident, I have to pay to sprinkle my lawn that's paid through on my water bill and I wonder why is it acceptable for the city of Baxter to run its sprinklers at Oscar Kristofferson Park day and night for over three days straight. Just wondering who's in charge or why is that?
Give schools money
For those writing to this and downgrading the people that voted no for the referendum, just an FYI. Not all people in this town are well off and to have property taxes go up would be death to their family's financial situation. Not only that, but why in the world did we need a new middle school that cost a lot of money? Not building that school could've saved money, plus I believe we wouldn't be in the situation we're in now. For those who talk bad about those who voted no, why don't you give the schools some money?
Editor's note: As the Dispatch has said many times, building a school and providing money for an operating fund are entirely two different things.
Changes should be made
I was at the sex offender meeting. I agree the other principal shouldn't have left as the meeting was starting. The superintendent should've been there as well. The problem I have is when Wanda Bell was asked, "What is the school going to do to protect the kids?" her reply was, "We've educated our staff and we'll be contacting our attorney." They knew this meeting was scheduled; they should've already had a call into the attorney. They should've known this question would come up. This is just one more example of why there should be changes made at this school.
Be fair to all staff
Being a "non-certified" employee of Brainerd School District, I'm angered and surprised upon learning we may not be receiving any type of wage increase for the next two-year contract. But teachers and administration are? We work as hard as anyone else, so it seems ridiculous to tell us "times are lean," but to give staff who are paid a great deal more than us, a 1.5 to 2 percent raise? If times are lean, they're lean for all staff. We, too, are feeling the pinch of higher energy and grocery costs. ISD 181, please reconsider and be fair.
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