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Letters to the Editor

September 11, 2011

LTE - 5 letters on bond issue

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DUNCAN —

To the Editor:

Having an engineering background, I have to be very specific and not assume or take things for granted. On this upcoming Duncan bond issue, I have gotten my information from newspapers, TV, attending meetings and speaking with people who are for and against the bond.

I attended the school board meeting where the board approved using the McDonald Group. I was surprised when Mr. McDonald asked the board to vote on a $41.1 million bond, when the original figure was $33.4 million. After the meeting, I asked a supporter of the bond why the number changed.

I was told, “You know you can not borrow money for nothing.”

I said, “Yes, I know.”

Then I said, “Why wasn’t this number published in the paper?” I received no answer.

Some questions:

Why was it planned to move the transportation department to Lee school, then it was planned “not” to move the department to Lee?

Why spend money our people don’t have? Duncan has a 58 percent poverty level.

Is any bond money going to be used with the City of Champions group?

Why spend money on buildings, when we can not even buy books for our kids? But we can spend money demolishing a building or spending $100,000 “remodeling” a press box? One year, Duncan was short $14,000 and could not buy needed books, and this book shortage is happening other places.

Why has it taken so long for specifics of the bond to be known? It’s not enough just to say that $25 million is going for improvements to DHS.

I’ve substituted at Duncan and have six children who are graduates of DHS. I want the best for the district, but there are specifics missing in the information we’ve received.

George Lara

Duncan

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