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Supporting bond issue

November 17, 2013

Lacey Stevick, Minot On Dec. 10, I will be voting ‘yes.’ My decision is simple: It’s the best choice for public education and it’s the best choice for the community of Minot....

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Nov-27-13 11:32 PM

ceci***eli, WAKE UP AND SMELL THE ROSES. Your not fooling anybody, We all know the vote is Dec. 10th and we going to vote a big NO. Now go stick your head in the sand bank with the rest of the school board!!!

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Nov-26-13 4:51 PM

@Ovom Do you have proof of drug peddling in our elementary schools? Have you reported this information? The fact is that educational time is lost when a kid has to use the bathroom or transition from a portable into a building for something silly like lunch or another class.

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Nov-19-13 11:51 PM

nd40: i have spoke with the state legislators who r mostly tax and spend republicans. as with oil--i do not believe them.

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Nov-19-13 11:43 PM

isn't head start a federal money issue? The history of ward co. taxes tells us tax relief from the state is all eaten up by county increases. With the usual increases, i expect our tax bill with the school bond would average $1,000 more in two years. We already about $1,000 in extra property and sales tax. Since most people are in debt, that adds $2,000 more per year to their debt. Then add our high cost of living. most service work at least doubled since oil. For the many with $1k to $10k in non-obligated money each year these increases have a most devastating impact on their quality of life. Of all the increases, this bond vote is their only opportunity to say no. Do u understand why many like me will say no because i disagreed with so much of the spending in the city/county for the past 40 some years and it is only this one issue where i have a vote? there are many in minot who refuse to attend the nd state fair or hostefest because too much tax money has been spent on both.

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Nov-19-13 8:57 PM

Head Start doesn't have more people in Jefferson than what it was built to hold. They only accept what they have room for in the building, a luxury that schools do not have. Head Start has a waiting list. That is the only difference.

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Nov-19-13 10:48 AM

N1: is there a different set of fire safety rules for head start than for schools? Why r so many buildings too bad for some but fine 4 others? most buildings get new occupants--few r demolished as a safety hazard. Some r demolished b4 their useful life is complete as our grandstand was--only because it was someone else's money that paid 4 it--and then it was diked for the flood. Our high-steppin, pocket jingling "leaders" chose hostefest, hockey, state fair, park land, minot state college, downtown facelift, madc and more instead of schools. I objected to all of the above because we paid 4 it and they ignored our basic needs. VOTE NO

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Nov-19-13 10:35 AM

Our city and state reps are from the same party. The state money is available as soon as they put their mind to it. The school need is a matter of affording it. Our taxes r 2 high now, ridiculously high. This school bond increase is just one of many future tax increases--most of which we don't get a vote on. Go to Bismarck and learn how they keep their taxes low. Would u rather do much damage to many of our residents who can't afford more taxes or use portables?

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Nov-19-13 8:19 AM

Again, city government and public schools are two separate entities. Yes, the state has money, but it's not able to be accessed, if at all, until next session. If you've spoken with your local legislators, they'll tell you it will be a battle. This is not the first bond issue in the state and we're not the first people to realize the state has money. If it was so easy to attain everyone would be after it and building schools.

Young people also don't want their kids in portables, fall out shelters, gross locker rooms, and storage closets. Young people want their kids in real schools. They definitely don't want their kids in a different school each year or in separate schools, which is what will happen if this fails.

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Nov-18-13 11:52 PM

One good thing about our high taxes and cost of living is it limits the number of young people who will stay here to work. I did not make the stupid and greedy decisions to spend the city money foolishly. Don't ask me to correct their budget problems. They still want a bubble and a new event center. They add to our overcrowding with MADC corp. welfare for new business. No thanks, vote no and do what any financial advisor would say--tighten your belt, stop discretionary spending and get back to basics b4 u r bankrupt. Vote no because the state signed up to blow $1 million on a nuisance, ideological stand on abortion. The state is loaded and wasting it--let them pay. vote NO

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Nov-18-13 9:00 PM

2 girls: suggest u reread what u wrote as i did. then lift your head above the bathroom sink and look forward. does every rep in the state no your opinion?

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Nov-18-13 12:30 AM

Jefferson was not sold - it is used for Head Start which needed more space as they service children/families of low income. That school is the same size as McKinley and can hold around 140 students. The thing that people need to remember is there are physical limits for buildings and once they go past those the fire marshall warns that they are a fire hazard. I agree that the eastern part of ND is at the forefront of benefits too much but what has that got to do with Minot trying to have safe and secure buildings???

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Nov-17-13 10:34 PM

tg--i luv it when you talk nasty. every representative has my advice. i am very vocal about spending issues and write letters to the editor. u admit the state has money--what do u think they they should do with it? flood control for rick berg? i give hundreds to the Salvation Army and food banks and would like to continue doing so instead of paying for greed on our east border.

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Nov-17-13 5:26 PM

Legend.. I completely understand the billions of dollars our state has and I also understand that the legislature has said no to our school officials so I am asking you, because you seem to know what to do...what are you going to do about this? Do you take an active part or role in our community? Are you going to continue to sit behind a computer screen and spew venom and negativity or are you going to take action? Because our city needs help, not your negative words.

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Nov-17-13 5:18 PM

nd40: there are many homeowners in ward co. with a few hundred dollars of spending money left after expenses each month. r u ok with them skimping on food to pay the high price in new taxes for schools$ i am not. if this continues only the well healed will be able to live in western nd. it won't be a magic city, it will be a money city with slums.

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Nov-17-13 5:07 PM

2 girls--what i think is not the issue. search the ND website and read about their oil tax and sales tax revenues. billions are being collected and billions more are expected from the bakken activity.

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Nov-17-13 2:40 PM

Muleskinner... It's really not about the bathrooms, although it is ridiculous to expect kids and teachers to work in an environment with no plumbing. What it IS about is overcrowding and needing a solution to a problem that isn't going away. We are educating hundreds of kids outside of regular classrooms. We're bursting at the seams and there's not an end in sight. The school district is wanting to put all kids inside of a school. I really don't think this is too much to ask. By the way, Washington was rebuilt at a different location and Jefferson is used for other school programs.

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Nov-17-13 12:44 PM

Washington Elementary was demolished. Jefferson Elementary was sold.

Wise move, grasshoppers.

These letters to the editor in support of the bond itshu are becoming comical.

It is like they are all college students writing home to their moms and dads for more money because they have spent too much.

The school district needs to grow up before they can really see the forest for the trees. They are acting like spoiled brats who throw a temper tantrum until they get what they want.

Next thing you know, they'll be demanding a bathroom in every classroom so the students don't have to leave the room and walk down the hall to visit the lavatory.

Get a clue.

The best thing the school board can do is cancel the vote and go back to the drawing board.

The only vote to cast is a 'no' vote.

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Nov-17-13 11:12 AM

Legend...I think you should run for office since you seem to think that money is so attainable. Why don't you get out and help our community if the solution is so clear to you??

ovomitlied...I have employees that complain when they have to walk across a driveway to throw trash away, and I'm guessing that if you do work, you wouldn't appreciate having to leave your warm office or wherever to run outside to the bathroom. And regarding drug peddlers in hallways (???), clearly you aren't concerned that these children cross over from the portables UNSUPERVISED!! I think the concern should be about child predators, not peddlers that cannot even access the school building.

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Nov-17-13 11:11 AM

Vote no because the city of minot does not have a reputation for honesty and concern for the citizens. tell them to tap their muckety muck buds in the legislature for the money. if u do not vote no--our oil impact money will pay 4 fargo flood control and who knows what else the east will dream up.

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Nov-17-13 10:57 AM

Vote NO because the state has inpact money to pay the bill and because many of us cannot afford it.

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Nov-17-13 7:29 AM

My God the Horror of having to walk clear across the parking lot to go to the bathroom..

This will leave a negative impact on these children for life..

Don't have any problem getting in the chow line or making it to the gym for sports, or to the football field for games tho do they?

Just the fact the kids are in portables takes away the advantgae to drug peddlers.. hard to peddle drugs in a portable but in the school hallways and dark corners its very easy..

be careful what you wish for..

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