Traverse City Record-Eagle

September 9, 2013

Letters to the Editor: 09/09/2013

Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — Too much for politicians

I read with interest as a former teacher the Hall/Falconer Sept. 1 Forum. The state is forcing school districts to pay more of their operating funds for employee retirement and cutting per-pupil funding. I assume that Traverse City Area Pubic Schools and many other districts are then forced to cut salaries, benefits and employees.

Districts try to raise taxes locally to pay for these cutbacks. I realize that operating funds cannot be raised this way, but costs can manipulated. So districts that have the resources, money and residents that support good public education will do well. Those that don’t will fail.

Seems we are right back to before Proposal A was passed to correct this problem. The state has failed in its duty to ensure quality public education. If a system is failing the state or another agency should help, but it appears that to run the whole K-12 educational process is too much for our state politicians.

Don Dierkes



‘Birds’ to fly away

Most of our up-north beauties are with us year round, but one bit of paradise is about to fly away. After Sept. 22 the Birds of Paradise at the Dennos Museum will migrate elsewhere, never to return. This exhibit is beautiful, intriguing, interactive and tons of fun - do not fail to bring the kids.

Kudos, Dennos. What an amazing world this is, and what an amazing community we live in; and are all privileged to share and nurture together.

Bill O. Smith

Traverse City