In America we treasure the right for every citizen to express their point of view, even when it encourages & contributes to a problem only becoming worse. This occurs because of a unwillingness or a apathy towards the labor required to learn the facts before expressing their views. The May 4 edition of the Country Courier provides a glaring example of the misinformation and ignorance that has facilitated the reckless spending to go unabated. Case in point.
The writer stated that “ if the BOS wanted to do something positive for education , they might seek more federal and state monies for KW Schools”.
Now maybe this individual has a personal stake in more money for the schools, a family member may be employed there, he himself might work for the schools, but the question asked is the wrong one. Just where does this guy think the state and federal money comes from ? The proper question is ………how much money does it take to run the schools efficiently while getting the desired result ? . I doubt this person could answer what the school budget was last year, what amount went to debt service, has the student population changed the last 10 years, what amount of the school budget goes to salary/benefits, or does KW County with just 4 schools need a Superintendent and an Assistant Superintendent ? Those 2 positions alone costs in excess of $270,000 a year combined in salary and benefits . If they are not necessary how do the children in the schools benefit by this waste ? But heh, I don’t want to tax his brain too much with questions he probably hasn’t even asked himself.
Maybe this man ought to attend some of our meetings where he would learn that beside Puerto Rico, we have Illinois, New Jersey , California, New York State, and a host of others not far behind in financial collapse. Municipal defaults now range from Atlantic City, Detroit, Stockton Calif, Jefferson County Alabama. Maybe he isn’t aware of the 20 trillion in debt at the Fed level ( where he suggests we go for more money) None of this happened overnight, it wasn’t one bad decision but a series of bad decisions over a long period of time that led to the cities/towns/counties going broke. Anyone making these types of statements is either very bad at math or woefully ignorant.
Opinions like this mans represent the danger mentioned above when we listen to points of view that originate with the uninformed. Public sector compensation without a single exception is mentioned in every explanation as to what happened in the States & localities now broke. As we stated on one of our sign messages last year the danger to our children is the……. debt, often times being driven by the policies espoused by those who know nothing of which they speak.
Bob Shannon King William
Article written by: Tom White