Letters From Readers: Top choices for BASD; Wake up, America; As value goes down, taxes go up; Help during storm

2013-02-15T00:00:00Z 2013-12-24T11:07:36Z Letters From Readers: Top choices for BASD; Wake up, America; As value goes down, taxes go up; Help during storm Journal Times
February 15, 2013 12:00 am

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.

Susan Sheldon


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.

Ron Wickman

Mount Pleasant

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.

Barbara Lietke


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.

James Muir


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  1. ggodmuls
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    ggodmuls - February 16, 2013 10:19 am
    What is conveniently forgotten is that those hyper-inflated values were used to hyper-inflate government salaries and spending at all levels. It now must come down - yes - salaries and benefits MUST be cut.

  2. ordmm
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    ordmm - February 15, 2013 10:32 am
    Joeboy5471...Well stated about home value as an investment....but Ms. Lietke also mentioned increased taxes. One would have to question is the increased property taxes that the homeowners in Racine are paying are due to poor management practices by the Mayor and City Council. Also it would seem that more and more people who own property and pay taxes are doing so to make up for those who do not contribute a fair ammount in comparison to the services they recieve. In short...the taxpayers in Racine are getting ripped off.
  3. Joeboy5471
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    Joeboy5471 - February 15, 2013 8:37 am
    Property values will go up and down based on basic laws of supply and demand. What the US and some other parts of the world saw was a hyper inflated housing market which was not really based on true values. Property taxes will not go down but will either stay the same or go up depending on what is needed to run the various services of the taxing body. People need to realize that their homes might not be a good investment and improvements made to same should only be considered to improve the quality of life of the owners, whether the improvements are made inside or outside the home.
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