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I understand your concerns and comments. And I agree especially with one point you made. That football, track, speech, debate and the swim team all carry the same weight. That is why all of them need to be paid for by those that choose to participate in them.
I would like it very much if these issues about money were not on the table, but they are. And as a taxpayer, I think the wise thing to do is collect money from those that want to participate to defray the costs of these activities.
Yes, there will be families that cannot afford these costs. I believe that if these children, and their parents are truly committed to that child participating then they will search for a person or group of people to sponsor that child.
While I can't prove this, I believe that a families church, place of business, or work place might sponsor such a child. It might well take more than one sponsor to come up with the money. I admit I don't know.
What I do know is that the school district cannot lessen the job of learning and still pay for extra curicular activities, and look taxpayers in the eye.
Or perhaps the community should find an alternative method to raise the money to pay for these types of things. Money is raised for other worth while causes through various events around town all through the year. The snowmobile club, and motorcycle clubs have poker runs. Perhaps some sort of show or concert could be planned to raise this money.
I truly don't know what the entire answer is.
But like I said, we cannot stop providing the things that promote learning, and still keep doing the things that might promote good health, but not learning.
Times are coming, in fact they are here, where a child must have a good education to make it in the world. And the classroom, not the football field, or the swimming pool or the golf course, or the baseball diamond, is where that education will take place.
I will promise this though. If it comes to pass that families will have to pay for these activities, I will sponsor one child for $100.00 per year. I am certain that there are more people here in Craig that will do the same.
But teaching, and learning must come first.
I think the time has come to quit giving everything under the sun to the illegals that can't even speak English, and start taking better care of our own children.
I never said sports should be cut.
What I said was, the parents of those children that wish to participate in these activities need to pay for them.
As far as keeping their bodies strong, there would still be gym class.
But the costs associated with organized sports are very high and should be paid by those that participate. If that means charging a high fee for admission to the games and meets and charging rent for all equipment use, and charging actual cost of transportation, then that is what it will take.
Parents and kids alike need to understand that money doesn't just float down from the sky, and that extracurricular activities are just that, extra, not part of teaching and learning.
If teaching and learning are cut so sports can be played then something is very wrong with that thought process.
I think before reducing workers and bus routes that will help kids get to school and learn. They should look at things like forgetting about the pool completely. Don't throw anymore good money after bad.
Drastically cut the amount of money spent on the five major sports teams, football, basketball, golf, baseball, and track. These sports are extra curricular activities, and should take a back seat to other expenses associated with teaching and learning.
If parents want their children to participate in these sports then the parents should be willing to pay ALL the expenses associated with these sports. If they are not, then they either need to find a sponsor for their child, or that child will not be able to play.
Why should all the students have to suffer losses in education so a few can play in these sports?
I would guess that the small void in the dome in the photo was caused by a reflection of glare.
Yes it would have more than just a pool. More things that people don't want to pay the full cost for the use of. So it will go broke faster yet.
If you think that a rec center is such a money making deal, then you, daisymay, should build one yourself. Then when it goes flat busted, only you will be hurt, not all the taxpayers.
So if more people that use a rec center are not willing to pay all the costs necessary to keep it open and in the black, then it will go in debt and be closed quicker than this small pool.
Also, I cannot think of one person that I know that would come to Craig to use a rec center. People come to Craig to hunt, snow mobile go off roading, fish and get a job in the energy market.
If people can't afford to pay enough to keep one small pool open, how do you think they will be able to keep an entire rec center in the black?
They must have been the only paper entered in the contest.
I understand that it is our duty as tax payers and voters to contact the commissioners, and all elected officials and let them know our feelings. I have done this many times. Contacting all three commissioners via email, through the county web site with my opinions on several issues.
There are always two of the three that never reply to my emails.
Perhaps these two commissioners have an idea that it is not their responsibility to reply to emails from voters.
Or perhaps they have an opinion that maybe because they are from a different district, that gives them the right to shun a tax payer and voter.
Or perhaps they either don't know how to use emails, or how to read.
I suppose any of these are possible reasons for these same two commissioners not repying to my emails.
But none of these reasons are valid.
When you are hold an elected office, it is your responsibility to reply to ALL tax payers and voters concerns when contacted by them. If you choose not to do that, then you have no business holding that or any elected office and should resign that office if you do not want to do your duty and respond to the tax payers and voters when they bring their concerns to you.
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