to the editor from this week's Chronicle:
To the Editor
The new high and wide transportation corridor now being developed will
facilitate the export to Asia of billions of dollars worth of American
manufacturing jobs. Idahoans and Montanans will subsidize international
corporations and foreign governments…. true, however, the real debate on
the Mega loads is not to let them use or not use the road. The real debate
surrounds commerce and the activity of it and why this equipment was not
The mega load debate is a microcosm of the larger challenges we face
as a region and a state. We have limited the utilization of our forest
to the detriment of our infrastructure and our schools. We were forced
into the introduction of a non-essential experimental animal and further
hindered our economy.
Today the United States ranks 9th in the 2011 Index of Economic Freedom,
we should be 1st, our government should promote commerce not limit it.
Commerce creates jobs and raises the standard of living for all. An increase
in jobs broaden are tax base; taxes which build and maintain our roads, support
our schools and provide our security. When we restrict commerce through
regulation and excessive taxes we limit ourselves and our responsibility
Idaho County Commissioner
Letter to the Editor:
I think it is interesting that Tom Luna, the Superintendent of Public
Instruction, wants to cut 700 teaching positions after the teachers supported
electing Stan Olson, an educator instead of a business man. Tom Luna wants
to replace these teachers with laptop computers and have two mandatory
classes each day (what about the students that need human contact to learn?)
Why not take that $4.3 million each year and upgrade our current IT systems
and make sure every student has access to a computer for at least one period
each school day.
Betsy Russell of the Spokesman Review reported October
20, 2010 that K-12 Incorporated, a for-profit education vendor based out
of Virginia, “donated $25,000 to a Nampa-based political committee… which
immediately spent $25,000 on an Arizona firm to handle broadcast advertising
and production in an independent campaign was supporting the re-election
of incumbent state Superintendent of Schools Tom Luna.” Whose interests
are more important to Superintendent Luna - K-12 Inc.’s shareholders or
the parents and students of Idaho?
During the campaign for his election Tom Luna stated how well educators
were doing, but now that he was reelected, he says we need overhaul the
educational system because the system is “broken.” Why did Luna not state
his proposals before the election or is he just a true politician?
We need our children to be educated because businesses moving into the
state looks at the educational system and funding and not just the tax
breaks. If you are upset about some of the proposed changes in education
contact your legislators!
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