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Letters to the Editor

September 9, 2011

LTE - 5 letters specific to bond issue

DUNCAN — Teachers provide education, buildings don’t teach

To the Editor

Just a few thoughts on the bond.

People are using the phrase “It’s for the children” a lot again concerning this building project. Yes, they are our future, but will this project give them a better education or is it just to look good?

Will they gain a better education? Are we going to be improving teaching methods? It doesn’t look that way. Also this time we are not talking about children. They are actually teenagers transitioning into young adults. Are they interested in this?

This project seems to be more expensive than it should be. When property taxes go up, so does rent and items sold in stores to compensate for this tax increase, such as groceries, clothing and fuel. People will then cut back on items they don’t have to buy.

This tax rate increase is based on an increase in population, what if this increase turns into a decrease. The people still here will have to pick up the difference. If this drought we are in gets worse or the economy, how many property owners may move?

I would question why two buildings that are newer than the high school building are being tore down while they could still be used, even for storage. I would also question why the sports project is included in the high school project? Some may want one project and not the other.

It’s the teachers that provide the education. A building doesn’t teach.

Robert Conway

Duncan

 

Why was our current high school built? Foresight?

To the Editor:

What was the reason that the present Duncan High School was built? Was it to replace a facility that was no longer able to meet the needs of the families of Duncan? Was that the same reason the Duncan Middle School was built? Is that the reason to support this bond issue?

We didn’t live in Duncan when the High School was built. Our children attended this high school quite a number of years ago.

However, we have a grandchild that does attend an elementary school here and we expect she’ll go to Duncan High School. But her third grade class is a large class and the present seventh grade is also large. Will there be room for either of them?

If our community continues to grow as it did in the last decade, will we have be able to accommodate the needs of these students? We need to provide for all our children for the future just as the far-sighted citizens of 1960 did.

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