THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
From our readers
It was with great sadness I read articles and saw pictures of paint pealing off in sheets in some of the bathrooms at Menominee Public Schools. I hope you read with great interest, as did I, Mr. Helfert 's article on March 25 as well as the two articles April 29 re: the condition and disrepair of our public schools and information about the upcoming May 6 sinking fund millage vote.
Mr. Helfert, you are right! "Our schools are no different than our own homes" or businesses :$ far as upkeep and maintenance. Here is the one BIG difference. As homeowners and business owners we understand the imperativeness to budget and to set money aside for costly maintenance and repair such as roofs, windows, tuck pointing, furnace/boilers, etc.
The Menominee Area Public School Board members don 't take that approach. The approach they take is: we 'll ask the taxpayers to approve a "Rolls Royce" plan of $26.5 million dollars. Our vote was NO! Here they come again, this time asking for the "Mercedes Benz" $6.5 million dollar plan and it 's only going to cost the average taxpayer $8.33 a month.
They seem to know just how deep our pocket books are. I for one would like them to refrain from reaching into my pocket book. I requested from the Board of Education information regarding the amount of money for maintenance and repairs that is currently budgeted for as well as how much money over the past 10 years has been allocated vs. how much was actually spent.
$70,000 is currently allocated. They couldn 't give me the amount spent or allocated for the past 10 years though. What assurances do we have as taxpayers that the buildings will continue to be maintained once and if they are all fixed according to their $6.5 million dollar plan? We 've seen pictures that I stated above that evidently answers that question. It 's easy to continue to ask for money.
What I request is that fiscal responsibility be required by our Board of Education members. In my opinion they 've done a terrible job with the money we currently give them for maintenance and repairs. I cannot vote to give them more. The only thing sinking is my gut feeling that people will agree with the School Board that we need to spend $6.5 million.
P.S. Mr. Hofer, the legal language does matter!
To the Editor:
A Spring Morning on the Farm
Dandelion greens sprinkled with sugar,
Shoveling clean the calf pen floor.
Spring has sprung and after the milking,
Ill race Rex to the kitchen door.
Ma made cornmeal polenta for breakfast,
Flocks of Canadian geese flying in a V.
I hear them honking so I gulped down the polenta,
Theres a lot to do and things to see.
Running through puddles down the driveway,
I ran as fast as I could run.
Pussy willows shining like morning stars,
A butterfly by the lake sitting on a log in the sun.
Skipping rocks off the water, the wood ducks notice me,
So they skim across the lake and fly a little further away.
Reflections in the blue of trees and clouds,
I dream of an ocean a thousand miles away.
A jet flies over and breaks my peace,
Rex comes up to lick my face.
It feels like seconds but its been hours,
Lunch is ready so off I race.
Theres never enough time to do all you want,
My legs can only run so far.
But Ma and Dad are waiting by the kitchen table,
And were having dandelion greens sprinkled with sugar.