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LETTER: It's difficult to 'get a life' when school

To The Telegram: My first impression of Richard Van Rossem's response to my (April 13) letter was "Let it lay -- people aren't interested in the banter of two people, one on the verge of, the other firmly ensconced, in old codgerdom." Then an int...

To The Telegram:

My first impression of Richard Van Rossem's response to my (April 13) letter was "Let it lay -- people aren't interested in the banter of two people, one on the verge of, the other firmly ensconced, in old codgerdom." Then an interesting thing happened . I got more response from Mr. VanRossem's (April 19) letter than from mine.

I am convinced that a reply is in order. I will say to (School Board Member) Van Rossem: Sir, you do yourself and those you represent a disservice by adopting the familiar liberal habit of attacking the messenger and ignoring the issues.

My letter was not written by a committee. While the analogy I used was not new to my letter, I fine tuned it to make the similarity unmistakable. Products of the Superior School district are allowed literary license are they not? I did leave it up to the reader to determine if Dave Minor's (April 7) letter or mine most aptly described our school district.

True to form, you chose to ignore the issue, which was, "Is praise of Superintendent Jay Mitchell's job performance justified?" I say that must be based on student achievement, not how many district director positions you create, how many wall plaques you hand out or how many social events you host at your out-of-district home.

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Mr. Mitchell says, "It's unfair to compare schools." Is that because our district ranks in the bottom 30 out of 426 districts? Our school board says "let's build on what he started." So we raise his salary 3.8 percent (now around $128,000 plus perks) and prolong the agony for another two years.

School boards are ranked by results too, Mr. Van Rossem. As for your recommendation to get a life, I had one before government took 50 percent of my income. If I get one, it will not come out of the taxpayers' pocket.

Taxpayers take heart! There is a ray of hope. Our school board, itself a prime example of conflict of interest, has just advertised for a fill-in candidate without conflict of interest. Maybe our message is getting through. If you want to join the fray I'd welcome the company. Our battle cry could be "Student achievement without taxpayer bankruptcy."

-- Jerry Van Horn,

South Range

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