Opinions

Wed
03
Aug

School revenue hasn’t kept pace with the times

To the editor:

In my opinion, the best investment we can make in the future of our community is the education of our children. Having a quality education prepares them for the challenges of our ever-changing world. It offers insights into what activities and careers interest them. This gives opportunities to prepare for employment that brings fulfillment. I would like to think there will be smart, fulfilled and compassionate people running the world of my future.

The Gillett community has a school whose students score above the state average. They have won awards of recognition with their performance. Our community should be proud and celebrate these achievements. I believe the hard work of the staff and administration we pay for the task of educating our youth has played a key role in this success. What enables us to have a quality staff and program is adequate funding.

Wed
03
Aug

Country music titles make me smile

When my folks stayed with us for a while after Hurricane Charley leveled their house in Port Charlotte, Florida, in 2004, we listened to some different types of music than we usually have on at our house. We usually listen to light classical stuff. They liked the Big Bands, songs of the ’30s and ’40s. So do we.

They also liked polkas, old-time waltzes, bluegrass and country-western music. I grew up in polka and old-time waltz country, so that was OK. But I haven’t ever listened to much country music. I discovered that I liked some of the stuff we listened to with my folks. Most of the country songs were light-hearted, and the polkas are definitely “happy” music; it’s almost impossible to avoid tapping a toe or moving to the beat when a polka is playing.

Wed
27
Jul

Teacher layoffs would help balance budget

To the editor:

A statement was made that we who are against the referendum don’t care about the children, and that if the referendum doesn’t go through, the school is going to shut down.

No. 1, we do care about the children. We care enough as to not use the children as a pawn as to this referendum. To you who are for the referendum and are using the children to try to get this referendum through, this just goes to show you don’t care about the retired people who are living on a fixed income. These people who are living on a fixed income do not get 88 percent of their insurance paid for. These retirees did not get half of their retirement paid for by us the taxpayers.

Why don’t you teachers pay 30-40 percent of your insurance like most of the hard working taxpayers of this district? Imagine how much money that would save the taxpayers.

It looks to me like you don’t care about these retired people who are on a fixed income.

Wed
27
Jul

Financial accountability lacking in Gillett

To the editor:

In a couple of weeks our school district is asking us to vote again on the referendum, and there seems to be a lot of animosity from some who support the referendum toward those who don’t. Before anyone gets overexcited, hear me out. This is why I can’t vote for the referendum.

Unfortunately, our community isn’t doing well financially. We have a large demographic of low/fixed incomes and no major industry. You can’t expect those who are already unable to afford to live, to pay more.

I can’t support the referendum when the district has proved that its unable to properly manage current funds. You can’t live on a bigger budget than your income. It’ll catch up with you. The district is asking us to give them money, in good faith that it’ll be more responsible than in the past. That would be great, except, due to the district’s irresponsibility, good faith is lacking.

Wed
27
Jul

Do what’s best for kids, vote yes to referendum

To the editor:

Residents of the Gillett School District, please join me in voting yes for the Gillett School District referendum on Aug. 9. A vote for the referendum will enable our school to continue to provide an excellent education for our students. A vote against the referendum is a vote against our students and community.

I am ashamed of the letters I see in the paper by individuals who are against the referendum; as a citizen of the community it is your responsibility to do your research about what ways the referendum money will be used. If you contact the members of the School Board and administration, they are willing to talk with you and show you what our school accomplishes for our students. We cannot base our votes off of hearsay and misinformation.

Wed
27
Jul

Show support for community: Vote yes in Gillett

To the editor:

The biggest task that a school board has is to manage the budget. Currently the Gillett School District is facing its biggest challenge, which is a subject near and dear to everyone: money. The state has changed the funding formula, severely impacting schools like ours in Gillett. Their solution: Go to referendum to survive.

No board member would choose a referendum if there was another option, but unfortunately there isn’t. Some community members would have you believe the referendum is to cover frivolous spending or new programs. Neither is correct. I can only speak for my time on the board, but over those years we have made some tough decisions in working to keep expenditures down.

Wed
27
Jul

Vote yes to maintain local control of Gillett schools

To the editor:

In regards to the referendum for the Gillett School District: If you want a quality education for your children and grandchildren and you want local control, it has to be paid for by local citizens. That is done by increasing property taxes. Every time you get money from Washington and Madison, the control goes right back.

If the people of Gillett want a progressive community, they have to build a community like Crivitz and Peshtigo have done. Otherwise, Gillett will become a community whose school will be absorbed by neighboring school districts. If you think the tax increase will be too high, think of the cost if the district is absorbed by Oconto Falls, Pulaski, Suring and Bonduel. The transportation cost will be added to your taxes, and you will have less local control.

Wed
27
Jul

Yes vote will keep quality education in Gillett

To the editor:

We ask you to vote yes on the Gillett School District referendum on Aug. 9. The simple fact is that the state of Wisconsin, since Gov. Walker was elected, has transferred part of the funding for public education from the state level to the local school districts. Fiscal conservatives would call this smaller government. Unfortunately, smaller government or not, public schools still have to be funded. If the state decreases funding for public education, the local school district has to cut spending and/or look for funding through property taxes.

The Gillett School District has cut spending – staffing, health care, transportation, among others. But that is not enough. The Gillett schools produce a quality education, as evidenced by state awards the district has received over the last several years. To cut further would jeopardize that quality.

Wed
27
Jul

Funding needed to keep Gillett a quality school

My wife and I were recently out and sat next to a group of teachers on vacation from the Fox Valley. Our conversation soon went to where we work, as the group learned that we were from Gillett, the comment was made, “I’ve never been to Gillett but I do know that your students have some of the best test scores in the state.”

I could not have been more proud of our students, staff and the Gillett community, and I know it showed. This group of educators considered our students and staff some of the best in the state and knew that Gillett has a quality school district and community.

Every day I see first-hand the extra time and efforts that are put in to make sure we have a great school for our students and community. It breaks my heart to see what schools like Gillett have to go through to maintain funding for good education.

Wed
27
Jul

My mom’s BFF showed enthusiasm for life

Sometime in the mid-1930s, my mom met Helen Drath, and they became best friends. That friendship lasted nearly 70 years, until Mom died in 2006. Helen died recently at the age of 101.

When they were a lot younger, Helen and her husband, Augie, and my parents, Chet and Gladys, did a lot of things together. They loved to go dancing at Green Valley and Spruce. They enjoyed going out for dinner, playing cards, whatever. They were great friends from the 1940s on. When Augie died in 1981, my parents continued to do things with Helen, and the tie between Helen and Mom became even stronger.

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