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Dear Editor:

I read in your inexpensive but excellent online edition that the Marinette County Board gave the inexperienced but highly paid with excellent benefits and retirement plans County Administrator a $3000+ raise. While this may not seem like a large raise to the free spending with our tax payer dollars County Board it is to many tax payers in our county. The county residents struggling to make ends meet at the Federal minimum wage of $2.13 per hour surviving on the tips they might get from the other tax payers and visitors that eat out at local restaurants will be hardest hit. When taxes go up and taxes will because of the free spending with our tax payer dollars County Board as landlords have to raise rental rates, business owners need to raise the prices they charge for goods, services and food to cover their increased tax bills. It is a vicious circle.

The free spending with our tax payer dollars County Board is considering settling with the landowners that are suing the tax payers because the land fill that they bought commercial property near stinks sometimes. So do many animal farms. Never mind that the land fill was there and in operation before they bought their property!

Does the above two things make sense to you? They do not to me. When is common sense going to weigh in with politicians decisions? Please express your opinions loudly to the people you elected and pay to run our county.

Sincerely,

Pete Pfankuch



Dear Editor:

What a surprise I had when I opened the Times today and read ab out the pick up and drop off of the kids at school! How well it is working. I was very surprised. This new system is working well!! Have you talked to any of the parents? Most of them do not think it is working so well. Including me. It upsets me big time!!

Who has an hour and a half out of their busy day to go sit in line so they can pick up their child? Who wants to pick their child up at quarter to 4 or later when they get out at 3:15? The 3:15 bell rang yesterday. The kids did not get out until 3:20. I watched the clock believe me! The children have been there since 8 in the morning and are anxious to get out too.

The line up is an accident waiting to happen. Winter will be worse. They tell me they will make sure the road is plowed. There is nowhere for us to go. There is no shoulder on that road. Cars are going both ways. What happens if it is icy? I can see cars sliding into each other. It is close to that now! And who wants to sit in their car with the heater running all that time? Who wants to be at the back of the line and start and stop their car all that time?

People are still parking on the street and in the lots that they are not supposed to be in. Why should the rest of us be sitting there waiting when others are doing the same thing they did in years before? There are still parents and kids running in between the buses. They should be crossing at the crosswalks! The parents are just as bad. Watch where you are going. Drive carefully. Respect others!

Yes, I want my child to be safe. But there has to be a better way of doing it. This way is not the answer. I do not have an answer to it. I wish I did. There has to be a better way of doing this. Many of the parents that I have spoken to are unhappy with this new system. Listen to them! Please!!!

My child needed to get out early for an appointment. School ends at 3:15. She was released at 3. They penalized her for missing a half day of classes because school gets out at 3:15. Where is the justice in that? That is crazy!! What is up with that? 15 minutes!!!!! She gets a half day deducted when she was there!!!. She was in class. She is in kindergarten for crying out loud!!! This is ridiculous. I do not understand that at all.

I hope before winter settles in there will be a better way of doing this. I wish I had an idea on how to change it so that the safety of our children is not endangered and the procedure is less frustrating to the parents.

Sincerely,

Barbara Baumann


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