Top choices for BASD
My Burlington Area School Board top choices:
Larry Anderson is widely regarded as an expert in school finance law. He knows the details and, as a board member, has found opportunities to save money over and over again. He has a treasure of experience and has no ax to grind. He is fair and just in all of his decisions. He looks for the greater good of the community.
Jim Bousman is a newcomer to the board. In the community he has helped with the Boy Scouts and served many years on the St. Charles School Board. He has experience in handling million-dollar budgets, multiple projects and managing full companies of people in the private sector. He looks at problems as always having a path to a solution. His background is deeply linked with being innovative while still practical. He also is fair and he has no political agenda except to support his hometown.
Susan Kessler is another candidate to put at the top of your considerations. Susan served on the board previously. Susan is well-versed in finance, curriculum and policy matters. She respects the hard work that administrators, teachers, assistants and custodians do on a daily basis for our children. As a former educator, she knows that the benefits of a quality education includes the arts along with strong academics.
It will be hard to choose between these three candidates, but I am so pleased that we have such qualified people to choose from.
Wake up, America
Nation after nation, generation after generation, we seem to forget that history repeats itself.
The crumbling ruins of the great Roman Empire stand today as a reminder and a warning to those that persecute the Jews and to wicked men who try to wipe out Christianity. The cities of Sodom and Gomorrah are buried beneath ashes of God’s judgment because of their sin (Genesis 19:24-29). The mighty towers of Babylon are buried in the dust of time because they chose to turn from the true God to the gods of paganism (Isaiah 21:9).
Today, moral decay in America is obvious to anyone paying attention to the news or reading the newspaper. Like the Roman Empire and Sodom and Gomorrah, the fabric of America is being destroyed from within.
Since 1973, when the murder of American babies was legalized, more than 52 million unborn children have been slaughtered by butchers who dare to call themselves doctors. The rate continues at more than 1 million abortions each year.
God is no longer welcome in schools, the public square, in the White House or the military. God’s mercy and grace have been freely given but God will not be mocked. We can choose the path our nation will follow.
Will we go the way of sinful past nations, or will we choose God and his righteousness? The choice is yours. It’s time to wake up, America.
As value goes down, taxes go up
A Feb. 4 letter to the editor prompted me to write.
I bought my house four years ago. Since then, I have replaced all the windows and knocked down a wall, making two small rooms) into a large family room. Our basement was half-finished and half-unfinished when I bought it; it is now all finished as we added a large bedroom/tanning room.
We have also spent thousands of dollars and countless hours on the landscaping; last summer we were even given the 2012 Beautification Award for our front yard. Our yard was said to be “a thing of beauty.”
Yet in the four years, our house’s value has gone down $30,000 and our taxes have gone up $1,000. Our City of Racine doesn’t do much for our pride of ownership. The harder you work to make your home and yard beautiful, the less it’s worth and the more you pay in taxes.
Help during storm
On the morning following last week’s snowstorm, I slipped and fell at the corner of North Main and Goold streets.
I was unable to get up again owing to the slippery conditions, but not to worry, as almost instantly several caring people were on the scene inquiring, helping and assisting me up again on to a chair provided by the gas station attendant.
A gentleman called the rescue squad who checked me over and offered assistance and even accompanied me the short distance to my home.
I will get over my few aches but will always remember the good Samaritans and the professionalism of the rescue crew. Thanks to all.