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December 6, 2012

NEWS AND TRIBUNE LETTERS — For Dec. 6

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State is shortchanging area schools

As an independent voter, I have been appalled during the past four years as our Republican governor and legislature happily slashed about $7 million from the New Albany-Floyd County School Corp. budget, forcing an epic struggle to provide basic services.

The state now has an eye popping $2.1 billion surplus and will give each of us $111. Does that make sense to you? They also voted to drain additional revenue by providing vouchers for children to attend parochial schools. I don’t pay taxes to fund religious education.

I believe that a strong public education system is the future of our county/state/country and provides the foundation for a secure democracy. The state government should realize that same premise and listen to all those who split their ballot to cast out a fellow Republican, State Superintendent Tony Bennett, and his counterproductive agenda that weakens our system of public education.

Let’s show monetary support for our schools and especially the teachers who work extremely hard to overcome the ramifications of our schools’ enormous budget deficit.

I realize that there are those who need the $111 that will be credited on our 2012 taxes. I get that.

I plan to show my gratitude by giving back my $111 to a local school and I hope many of you will choose to do the same. [This qualifies as a nonprofit donation on your taxes].

Are you in?

— Marty Hoover, New Albany

Reader disagrees with publishing of article

So, beginning with the Tuesday, Nov. 27, News and Tribune sports section, your readership will now be informed about the pregnancy status of our local area female athletes.

I have to ask, for what reason should such information be shared with the public? Can we now expect to find out if our local area male athletes have fathered children while on scholarship?

I believe you crossed an ethical line and owe someone an apology.

— Ken Miller, Charlestown

 

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