The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

Our Readers Speak

February 6, 2014

Our Readers Speak — Thursday, February 6, 2013

Students don’t care if school is new or old

If the faculty at the schools slated to be demolished, rebuilt and/or relocated were asked if they thought their buildings needed replacing, I think the majority would say no.

Students don’t care if they go to school in a new-looking building or an old one as long as it is functional, and just because the School Building Authority said it will match funds is no reason to celebrate.

We need to take a step back from the melee of obtaining (and wasting) government funds and realize that these schools have serviceable lives left of 20-plus years. No matter where in the government the tax dollars come from, they are still my tax dollars and therefore need to be used responsibly.

Our officials in all branches act like obtaining federal or state dollars is something to take pride in, but I would personally be very proud of an official who said we can do without wasting those tax dollars.

Instead of seeing how big of a budget we can run on, let us keep the necessities and celebrate the cuts of the less useful and useless (iPads) things. I am sure there are some things that really need fixed at these schools, but do we really need to tear them down and rebuild just because there are not electrical outlets every foot or because of a lack of air-conditioning? We got along fine when I was in school without AC because the old schools were not designed as jails (they have openable windows!)

Our region has some shining examples of how wasteful our government can be. Just look at the beautiful Canyon Rim Visitor Center at New River Gorge just off the Interstate at Sandstone not close to anything and attracting an abysmal number of visitors each year. If those in control had stepped back and looked at the location wisely and used some restraint instead of jumping to spend promised government money, we could have had a nice office at Sandstone Falls, new things at Grandview or a nice chunk of UNSPENT tax dollars to fix the deficit.

So let us look again at what really needs done, instead of what we think will make our county’s school system look good. If you give a good teacher good supplies (not meaning extra technology) and administrative support that is not overwhelming with paperwork, they can do the job they need to do. A new building and more computers will not change this.

I have moved out of the county and therefore I am asking you to vote no on the bond for me. Your vote really will make a difference in how our government wastes (or saves) its money.

 

Isaac Mills

Renick

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