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Letters to the Editor

March 26, 2014

Lakeville Lake and fairness

Can you imagine having a great recreational area in your front yard?

This area is almost 500 acres and a major source of value for your township.

It's Lakeville Lake and it's a real selling point for all of Addison Township.

This is a great resource for your community and because you live very close to it your taxes are higher than the comparable houses in your area.

In fact, the township supervisor has bragged that our SEV has gone up more than any other township. Wow!

Realtors advertise that there is a major lake in the area and it is open to the public.

However, none of those people outside of home owners are taking any responsibility to maintain or exercise security of Lakeville Lake.

I have witnessed small children being towed around with no spotter and in a very dangerous manner. I have seen people ripped open from a prop due to drunk driving on the lake, trespassing beyond what any reasonable home owner could endure and deliberate endangerment of non-motorized boats.

I just cannot imagine what will happen without the sheriff's department on the lake ever!

The weekend cost is less than $5,000 for the summer.

Does anyone have a family member they are willing to sacrifice for $5000?

In Lakeville, I pay for my own streetlights, my own trash pickup and even snow removal for my supposed county road.

My taxes do nothing in the form of service.

I will deal with that.

However, I do not want to see someone hurt or killed because our government doesn't think it is as important as their issues.

Ellen DeLater

Lakeville

More watchdogs are needed

Great commentary from Don Rush ("One man can bring down the government?!" March 5).

Unfortunately, indeed, there are not enough folks that stand like a rock.

We as a society continue to cede control of our own destiny out of ignorance and complacency. People choose to ignore the issues of the day and are content with that fact.

They are too busy to be bothered, too scattered to care, too willing to write a blank check. I know, because I am one of them far too often! We need people like you, Mr. Rush. We need more watch dogs. More folks that care and question the leaders of policy. I wish that elections to government seats ran more like a jury pool. Serving your community should be a duty and privilege....not a career!

I trust no one that makes it a occupation. No matter the noblest of intentions, special interests and personal greed almost always rise to the top. It is time as a community, a state, and a country that we look to what our forefathers envisioned and scrap the path that we are now on. It is a trail that leads to nowhere and we're getting there fast!

Mike Shea

Maybe the answer is smaller class sizes?

The concept of year round schools is interesting and there are many aspects that can be explored such as what if school is closed because of weather when it should be in session, how do families arrange for child care when school isn't in session, how well do students learn when it is 90 degrees and the sun is out, which costs more heating schools or cooling them?

Another obvious question is are students learning or just memorizing if they don't retain subject matter over the summer?

Dr. Schwarz may be right, it may all depend on the quality of the teacher. It is ironic then that we require teachers to be continuous learners and once they obtain their PhD. we offer them early retirement because they cost too much and we hire new teachers.

There are also plenty of studies that prove students perform much better with smaller class sizes and starting the school day at 10 a.m. instead of 7 a.m.. So, why don't we make these changes.

Dr. Skilling has told me that class size does not matter. I respectfully disagree. Again the irony is the more kids in a class, the more profitable the class.

To support this statement, why do we continue to recruit more students from outside the district and from China?

The answer is simple, more money!

And why do we start school so early? I have never heard an explanation. I suspect, in part, it has to do with extracurricular activities.

Perhaps starting later and with smaller class sizes, students would learn, retain more and perform better on standardized tests.

Charlie Stevens

Oxford