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Dear USV voters,

On Nov. 13, your school board will be asking for a 1.8 mill, 4-year permanent improvement levy. The purpose of the levy is to care for and maintain the school facilities that we  have and to purchase educational equipment. Yes, we have a .5 mill maintenance issue which raises $30,176 but does not fulfill the amount needed to keep up with required costs. The recommended maintenance budget is $320,000 per year. Even with the new levy we would still fall short of the desired amount needed but would be able to do more.

With passage of the levy, we haven’t passed one for additional funds for 18 years, USV would still be last in the county in school tax liability. We understand these economic times are hard and the district leaders truly believe these funds are needed and will spend the money wisely. None of the funds will be used for salaries or benefits. Some of the items on the list of things needed are computer equipment upgrades, new security cameras, high school and elementary science lab equipment, musical instruments to help rebuild the band, resurfacing of the track, interior door replacement, boiler seal repair, just to name a few.

We have a school to be proud of, in fact, several of our graduates have gone on to become doctors, lawyers, educators and successful business partners in their chosen field. Your school jumped over 96 other schools in Performance Index on the school report card. USV  is heading towards becoming a school with athletic and educational pride. As we continue to move forward, we need your support by voting yes, to keep USV heading in the right direction.

Joyce Campbell
Member USV Levy Committee

Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 October 2013

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Regarding the government shutdown and the defunding of Obamacare

Although I prefer single payer Medicare for all or a public option to health care, Obamacare — officially known as the Affordable Care and Patient Protection Act — is the first legitimate effort in the history of this nation to provide most Americans access to health insurance. A sad thing to even acknowledge in the year 2013.

Many conservatives and those with right-wing attitudes would call the Republicans voting to defund Obamacare principaled.

What they have me recalling are the racist politicians, primarily in the South, who upheld slavery and then segregation for hundreds of years. They couched principle in states’ rights, nullification and interposition.

There was no principle involved, of course. Only evil in denying an entire race of Americans (blacks) their Constitutional rights.

I now ask where is any principle to denying millions of Americans of all creeds and colors the basic human right of health care?

What all this basically boils down to is another war on poor people. You may also remember that Republicans in the House of Representatives recently voted to cut four billion dollars a year (40 billion over 10 years) from the nation’s food stamp program.

You can slice it and dice it any way you please, but what these Republican hardliners are doing is a despicable act.

Jerry Turner

Last Updated on Friday, 27 September 2013

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