Letters to the Editor

Get creative

February 6, 2010


To the editor:

Wednesday’s paper fulfilled my irony requirement for the day.

Professor Budig’s statements touted flexible higher education meeting personal and businesses’ economic needs, but stood in stark contrast to the story on the mismanaged economic disaster of our public school system. Kansas, locally and statewide, is facing painful decision making that will shape our education, businesses and economy for generations.

KU is operating with fewer educational resources, as is USD 497. From kindergarten instructors teaching basic reading skills to professors forging the next Ph.D.’s, these instructors take their profession seriously but are only human. The increasing demands we place on them — reduced salary (through denial of raises or furloughs), increased class sizes, rising research expectations and increasing demands for training through NCLB — are simply unreasonable to stretch any further.

The time has come to look at our tax structure, even if this is painful for businesses and individuals. I’m ready to contribute. A simple option to donate my state tax refund to my school district would be a simple, low-cost start. Let’s get creative. Otherwise, there will be no educated workforce for hire.


Stephen Roberts 8 years, 1 month ago

People have a hard time understanding something that is so simple. First because of the economy, people are out of jobs, they are trying to save money, so they spend less. If they spend less, less sales tax is able to be sent to Topeka. As a result of the unemployment and economy, more people become nervous and start spending less, thus reducing reducing less sales tax being sent to Topeka even more.

Charles L. Bloss, Jr. 8 years, 1 month ago

That is silly. You give away your tax refund if you want, but do not expect the rest of us to do it. The best way to be creative and fix the taxing system, is to do away with property taxes completely. Then raise the sales enough to fund government. Property taxes punish people who work hard and buy a home, and a nice car. Everyone has to pay sales tax when they buy anything, this is a much more equitable way to tax the public. Thank you, Lynn

GardenMomma 8 years, 1 month ago

Chickadee Check-Off, but for education. Interesting.

mr_right_wing 8 years, 1 month ago

Sounds like a great idea to me...as long as you keep that "optional" in there. Let's see if all these folks whining and complaining would be willing to hand over part or all of their refund. Excellent & creative idea (again, as long as it remains 'optional'!)

Richard Heckler 8 years, 1 month ago

Our paid for school buildings are worth millions upon millions upon millions of tax dollars.

It is more apparent than ever that school districts are needing additional sources of funding. Teachers deserve salary increases and decent health insurance. Our legislature is not a reliable source although by law it is a state responsibility.

Neighborhood schools are good for Lawrence. No Lawrence neighborhood wants to be without an elementary school within the neighborhood. Lawrence has spoken out on this issue numerous times.

There are families that which cannot afford two cars or bus transportation. Therefore walking and/or bicycling become the modes of choice.

Two revenue sources are available. The online state wide sales tax dedicated to public schools only is a reasonable source.

A local source to help fund USD 497 medical insurance, salaries, and perhaps school fees. This could become available as a dedicated City of Lawrence USD 497 user fee: http://www2.ljworld.com/polls/2003/mar/teacher_salaries/

Of course these mechanisms will only be supplemental.

All USD 497 schools benefit. Perhaps experienced USD 497 teachers will stop fleeing to Blue Valley as well.

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