LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Appreciate kind words and warm wishes
I appreciate the kind words I received in person and with cards from patients thanking me for my dental hygiene care. It was a pleasure to work with patients who were so interested in keeping their “castles and moats” healthy. I also appreciate the well wishes for my retirement. I miss you already and look forward to seeing you around town. Remember to brush in good health and to hug your teeth every day.
Terry Pubanz, RDH
It’s time to vote “yes”
We are retired residents of ERPS. We’ve owned our property since 1992 and have been full-time residents for 14 years. Our children and eight grandchildren have not and likely will not attend ERPS. Yet, we are strong supporters of the May 2, 2017 bond election scheduled by ERPS’s Board.
Since 1992, we’ve observed the following about ERPS:
1. Comprehensive long-term planning, thoughtfully conceived and applied.
2. Outstanding community and staff pride in accomplishments of students served.
3. Statewide and regional recognition for excellence (e.g.: Top 10 & K-12 IB).
So, what do these have to do with the May 2nd bond election? They evidence that ERPS successfully focuses available finances on effective planning, teaching and student learning. This convinced us that it is now time to complete facility plans established years ago; time to install adequate restroom and concession facilities at the athletic fields; time to eliminate problems caused by standing water at outdoor facilities. These improvements are long overdue.
It’s unusual that voters are able to support a financial commitment to complete long established facility goals without raising the tax rate, but that’s exactly what ERPS voters can do by voting “YES” on May 2, 2017. That’s a win-win for everyone! It’s time to vote “yes.”
Jill and Bob Spencer
Credit card school board
Once again our school system has asked us to borrow money for non-necessary projects. They always try to borrow ahead instead of saving funds for projects.
They continue to stay on the same spending attitude while ignoring actually saving money from doing things like outsourcing. A great many districts in Michigan have outsourced things like busing, maintenance and food services.
While this tax increase is claimed to be minimal, it could just as easily be handled by building up a reserve and paying for the projects interest free.
A recent article in “Michigan Capitol Confidential,” which is an arm of The Mackinac Center tells us to be very wary of what lies beyond this May. The underfunded pension funds (which is the state run retirement system) are adding costs to many districts. This could result in a tax increase of a sizeable amount.
Also using other districts as examples of greater rates has nothing to do with our district.
It is time to stop using our credit card for every whimsical project and paying interest.
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