Readers weigh in on school levies and the local GOP leadership

‘Cut through the political bickering’

Removing Rob Scott as the Montgomery County Republican Party chairman precisely identifies this organization’s self-interest, rather than views of the constituents. Their party goal is to “tell” voters “who” and “what” they want, rather than serve as our representatives.

Scott is a passionate champion for citizen involvement in local government, observing our Constitution, decentralizing our federal government, reducing the $17 trillion U.S. national debt, balancing the federal budget and lowering taxes, which most responsible-minded citizens are for, regardless of political party.

When are we going to wake up and realize the Democrat and Republican parties have an endless primary goal of self-interest? We need to wake up, cut through the political bickering that is dividing this country, support the issues and not blindly follow the Democrat and Republican parties.

Firing Rob Scott may have been a good thing because it clarifies the contrast between Republican Party and tea party beliefs. I sincerely hope he will remain involved in politics as an independent promoter of tea party principles. AL VENNEMEYER, ENGLEWOOD

‘What will be your legacy?’

In the Sept. 5 edition of the Dayton Daily News, the headline read, “Young kids key to future workforce.” The story mentions that, to stay competitive in a global economy, training needs to go beyond a high school diploma. What does this headline have to do with passing the Centerville school levy? Everything!

Every person, regardless of life stage, has a responsibility to ensure a sound education is provided to the next generation. Haven’t we contributed positively in our community due, in part, to our education? As adults, we need to ensure all children are provided with the same educational opportunities to prepare them for training beyond a high school diploma.

It starts with a “yes” vote for Issue 34 to keep the Centerville schools operational. Still not convinced? Maybe you are thinking administrative costs are too high. Centerville schools rank among the lowest 10 in the state for the percent of budget spent on administrative costs. Maybe you are thinking you pay enough. The board listened and is being accountable by lowering the millage and limiting the levy to 10 years.

The district also refinanced and reduced its bond debt to further lower the cost to taxpayers. Maybe you don’t agree with how schools are funded. That is a state issue. Don’t be fooled that voting “no” will change the funding formula.

What will be your legacy? Do your part and vote “yes.” Keep education moving forward. Keep the workforces contributing positively to our community and the United States. PATRICIA MEINKING, CENTERVILLE

‘A reflection’ of our economy

A recent article discussed the grades of local school districts. The article pointed out that the districts with the lowest grades also tended to have the largest rates of poverty. This could be taken as a reflection of a national economy in which the median income has decreased for the last five years (something not ever seen before), has a higher number of people employed in part-time jobs than ever before, and has more people on food stamps than ever before.

The biggest problem with all these results of the current president’s policies is that, after more than four years in office, he refuses to admit any blame for the current economic failings of our nation. Hence, there probably won’t be much improvement in the next three years. Putting the Great Society on steroids has been disastrous and will continue to be.

Educational reform, much promised during the 2008 campaign, has been nearly non-existent.

Another statistic is the amount of money spent per district per child. The city of Dayton typically ranks very high in this category. Where is the money being spent and by whom, since it doesn’t seem to result in acceptable outcomes? Perhaps it is hindered by a bloated administration, much like the federal government.

As has been stated quite often, just throwing money at problems — be they poverty or poor educational outcomes — has failed to solve them. It does produce a lot of votes for the Democratic Party, so these situations will most likely continue for quite some time. PANOS KOKOROPOULOS, OAKWOOD

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