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Letter to the Editor on Measure G

Newark resident David Springsteen shares his opinion on a proposed school bond measure on the ballot for November.

No on Measure G

Measure G in Newark if passed would continue the unsustainable pattern of borrowing and waste funded by well meaning taxpayers. This is nothing more than another bailout. This measure really hurts seniors on fixed incomes. Inflation, increased health care costs and reduced returns on their investments are already eating away at their retirement budgets. Newark taxpayers are currently paying $5 million a year in bond debt service and will continue to make payments for decades. Now, the fiscally incompetent and irresponsible school board wants more. If every 10 to 15 years a new bond is approved and it takes 40 years to pay it off this creates a pattern of neverending increasing debt. If you can't do that math I can't help you. Any improvements made will be long gone before the payments end. Imagine the current students in Newark still paying this debt when they are parents with children of their own. This will happen if G
passes. Taxpayers are being pushed to their limits, asked over and over again to bare the burden of irresponsible elected leaders and endless bureaucracy. We must draw the line and vote no on G.

David Springsteen, Newark

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CaSunset November 07, 2011 at 05:56 PM
Well Summer, just to address your assumptions, we were fed up with one of our kids not having books by November, and a teacher that reeked of alcohol, so we turned to homeschooling, investing 17 years and my career to do so. Yet, we were forced to fork over our 'share' of taxes to pay for THAT. So do many parents who can't homeschool, so they send their kids to private school and they still pay for your kids too, while they sacrifice their income for your free ride. The tutoring business is at an all-time high, and still growing. Ask yourself why. Aren't the children in school getting a good education? Only those with involved parents thrive.
CaSunset November 07, 2011 at 06:39 PM
...and I should add...that many of said 'involved parents' end up just as frustrated as we did, and thus the homeschooling movement is growing by leaps and bounds each year. There us a tremendous number in the tri-cities. We all pay our taxes as you wish. Schools weren't invented and funded last week. Plus, we have to buy all our materials and forgo an extra income. So don't talk to me about sacrifice, you have NO IDEA how hard a job homeschooling is these days.
Mona Taplin November 07, 2011 at 09:47 PM
Very true, CaSunset. I know several people who are looking into the possibility of Home Schooling their children rather than send them to public schools another year. It certainly isn't easy to do, and buying every bit of needed supplies is pretty costly. There are states which use a system of Property Tax AND a separate School tax. Those with no children in school are exempt from paying school tax. That system is beginning to look better and better to me all the time. When you consider the number of foreign languages children in our area speak, it's no wonder that schools are falling behind. Add to that overcrowded classrooms, shortened school years, shortage of books and supplies and a variety of conditions like unheated classrooms, broken drinking fountains and toilets and you begin to wonder why every parent doesn't Home School their children.
Geoff Burton November 08, 2011 at 02:03 AM
Point of clarification, yes ESL students as a subgroup do pull down English scores, but don't forget the economically disadvantaged subgroup that scores even lower than ESL in both Math and English. Not everyone can or should home school, but as both a parent and home owner I would be glad to pay an education tax, if it would help.
Mona Taplin November 08, 2011 at 02:52 AM
To be very, very honest about it I would far rather pay an education tax voted in locally than a bond issuue. Say one that has to be renewed when school district board members are being elected. That would give tax payers a good loud voice in how things are going to work for our kids.

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