Every time I read in this newspaper that some know it all wants to educate us mentally challenged taxpayers about a $57 million school that it’s going to take us 27 years to pay for I want to puke.
Who do these people think they are to insult the people who were smart enough to acquire property that is already taxed out the gazoo? The bread on the tables of these idiots with their grandiose schemes came out of our taxes.
Folks two elections ago we went to sleep and only escaped this folly by 45 votes. This last election we woke up and won by over 600 votes. Next time we’ll win by a thousand.
When the residents that live on Palm, Redwood, Virginia, Gas Light Village, Requarth, Route 121, etc. find out they will have to put in sidewalks or the city will put them in and add the cost to their taxes more people will take a look at this foolishness.
We get this community pride thrown up to us all the time. If you give me a choice between a pocket full of money or a 55 gallon barrel of community pride, I’ll take the money. Good luck trading a barrel of community pride for a meal or place to sleep.
We’re told our share of the new school is only $45 million. Actually the entire $57 million is our money. We’re taxpayers. This money came out of some taxpayer’s pocket. All of us taxpayers are in this together. It’s all our money.
I have no children in school, but I support seven school districts in Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky. I have no problem doing this if I’m dealing with reasonable people with at least an ounce of common sense. The Greenville school board and their minions don’t qualify for either one.
Something else that ticks me off. I read about the visiting executives and their wives riding around our town trashing our schools and vowing not to live here. I don’t believe one word of this crap. Tell us the names of all these people. I’d like to talk to them. I’d like to tell them that Greenville already has enough pompous donkeys and we don’t need any more.
Earlier I would have suggested they move to Versailles. Now it seems all is not well in paradise. I hear the taxpayers in Versailles have learned what it’s going to cost to operate their Taj mahal. Visions of grandeur always comes at a cost to the people that can least afford it. Greenville has a Versailles complex. It’s called envy. This could be our only chance ever to prove we’re smarter than they are.
Actually the smartest thing we could do would be to close all the Greenville schools, fire the school board, teachers, etc. We could bus our children to the new schools in the county that have already been built. In time we could get used to mooching off our neighbors. Enough, I see a huge green wave coming at me.
About a year ago I wrote a letter to the editor about the school issue. I received 22 letters and phone calls in response. One male teacher signed his name the other 21 were anonymous. I got an education. I learned that we taxpayers have some allies in the teacher ranks. I was told that an estimated 25 percent of the teachers voted against the school levy.
The call that swamped my boat was from five women on a speaker phone who described themselves as Christian school teachers. They said they could not speak out to the board because of fear of reprisal. They said the school board were enablers of the conduct they were opposed to because of fear of a law suit. These ladies wanted me to go to the Greenville Ministerial Association and ask the ministers why they had remained silent about what was going on in the school administration.
I explained to the teachers that since I had spent most of my life with the morals of an alley cat, that I was hardly the person to champion their cause.
Then Bill Funderburg resigned from the school board and a minister was appointed to his seat. I thought OK— keep your month shut and let him blow the whistle. No whistle. The good Reverend tucked his tail and ran back to the safety of his flock. Again, I waited for the whistle now that he was not on the board. No whistle.
Teachers, I would guess that your good men of the cloth don’t want to rock the boat. They could upset some of their politically correct liberal sheep and do harm to the collection plate. Sorry teachers, don’t hold your breath.
I’m told the Greenville school superintendent is lobbying for raises for all the administrators. Of course this would mean if they are doing such a good job she should also get a raise. I hear she wants a five-year contract. If this school board gives her a five-year contract they will most likely have another Weedy mess on their hands.
Someone else that jerks my chain is Mr. Miller the architect for the new school. As I understand it the Architect gets a 10 percent fee for the job. Mr. Miller has 57 million reasons to encourage us tax payers to be stupid. They are called dollars.
From what I’ve heard Mr. Miller should be somewhere learning how to move dirt more correctly.
Don Wright is a citizen columnist. Viewpoints expressed in these opinion pieces are the work of the author. The Daily Advocate does not endorse these viewpoints or the independent activities of the author.