From: Linda Hovland
After reading the letter from Sandy Rumstick, I would like to comment that there is a foundation now at the Rushford Peterson School.
Maybe she would like to put the amount of money that they wanted to take out in taxes every year and put it into the foundation so that we can get a fund going for a new school. The amount of additional dollars for our place would have been $600.00. From what I understand, 40% of the people were in favor of a new school. If all those people would send the amount they would be taxed to the foundation, we could get a nice kitty going and people on fixed incomes wouldnít have to move out of their homes.
I donít have the other letters to the editor in front of me, but as I remember, I thought it was nice that a school board member informed the public as to what the school board was doing and was saddened to hear that the same school board found it necessary to belittle the informant.
Sandy commented that 75% of the seniors wanted a new school. If the same seniors had to come up with the money to pay for it, would they get the same response? Iíd vote for it, too, if I didnít have to pay anything.
Donít get me wrong; I would like a new school, too, but there are a number of people still hurting from the flood and seniors on fixed incomes that it could hurt if it went through. I would hate to lose people because they couldnít afford to live here.
The state said they werenít going to help pay for it because we didnít show that we were willing to help. Get the fund going and support the school if you feel we really need it.
If you really like the old school, maybe the foundation could work for that too. Itís still a democracy and the people said no to a new school. Respect the vote and move on.