Letters to the Editor – October 20, 2021 | Pikes Peak Courier
School board members must serve the best interests of all
We, as past chairs of the Woodland Park School District Board of Education, are excited about the current interest in serving on the BOE – and also concerned about the partisan characterization of some candidates.
In local government, it is important to elect candidates who focus on solving local problems rather than national political agendas. We need to elect problem solvers rather than people who want to make a point. No school district is perfect, but having served in the WPSD, we know the focus has been on ALL children. We need to keep growing and improving, focusing on ALL children.
It is best indicated by MR Ford in “Governing Why School Board Elections Should Stay Nonpartisan” (govern.com/now/why-school-board-elections-should-stay-nonpartisan, September 2, 2021) “The goal of having non-partisan elections is not to remove all politics from governance, but to remove something that prevents a school board from doing its job… A conflict within a Governing Board is productive when it leads to informed debate and reasoned decision-making. Conflict is destructive when it becomes entrenched or predictable, regardless of the issue being discussed. “
During our tenures, the WPSD BOE was non-partisan. While our ideological beliefs informed our discussions and decisions, they did not prevent us from working together with the best interests of ALL children at the forefront.
We believe in the importance of the willingness of our elected officials to listen and learn from all contributions, and not to limit themselves to a single partisan opinion. We believe in the need for humility in our elected officials, because no one knows what is best for everyone.
Keep our local government, especially our Board of Education, serving the best interests of ALL citizens, not a select group.
We urge all voters to attend the School Board Candidate Forums on October 18, 19, 25 and 26. Ask these questions:
How did you get involved in WPSD?
What did you do before running for BOE to solve what you see as problems?
Is this candidate humble, is he looking to learn?
Beth Huber, Carol Greenstreet and Amy Nieman, Woodland park
Is America a Christian Nation?
There were 55 delegates to the Constitutional Convention; 26 Episcopalians, 11 Presbyterians, 2 Lutherans, 7 Congregationalists, 2 Methodists, 2 Dutch Reformers, 2 Quakers and 2 Roman Catholics.
Ben Franklin, a delegate, was not a Christian. He once wrote: “Here is my Creed, I believe in one God, Creator of the Universe. May he govern it by his Providence. That he must be worshiped. That the most acceptable service we render him is to do good to his other children. That the Soul of Man is immortal, and will be treated with Justice in another Life respecting his Conduct in this … As for Jesus of Nazareth … I think the system of Morality and Religion such as He left them to us, the best the world has ever seen … but I have … some doubts about his divinity.
Franklin was not a Christian, but he believed in Christian values!
A 2020 survey by the Pew Research Center found that a whopping 65% of adults in the United States identified as Christians.
Each of our founders agreed that “Only a virtuous people is capable of freedom”. This is what Marxists fear most, a free America, a virtuous people, a religious people to counter their politics / religion of death.
Although America is a Christian nation, our Founding Fathers were adamant in their belief that we would not be ruled by a religion, we would not be a theocracy, yet our motto is “In God we trust“.
Christians know they are imperfect men who need a Savior.
The left believe they are that savior, even though their horrific, deadly and cruel history of government proves otherwise.
Today we elected Christians, Muslims, Socialists, Marxists, Jews and Atheists to represent us in our government.
We are not a theocracy, but our country and our constitution are deeply rooted in the Bible.
Keith McKim, Flourishing
Refusing the COVID vaccine caused him to lose his job
I would like to congratulate Stéphanie Alfieri for her willingness to sacrifice a long standing position on a matter of principle. I fear that giving in to the vaccination mandate will set a precedent that even those most affected by COVID may regret.
Rob hill, To divide
Re: WPSD Election
So sad how the Republican Party intends to politicize the Woodland Park School Board. This is evident from the billboards around the city and the October 6 Courier ad that was “paid for by the Teller County Republican Central Committee.” Even when it comes to the education of children, they cannot leave their politics at the door of the school.
Regarding their mantra “Education, not indoctrination”, could someone explain? If teachers have brainwashed our students, could The Courier investigate and publish an article. I have the impression that it will be short.
Isn’t the school board supposed to be made up of parents, grandparents, former education professionals and others who want to put our children’s education first? It doesn’t matter if these people are Republican, Democrats or whatever, as long as education, not political dogma, is their goal.
The last time I checked the Pythagorean theorem applied to Republicans as well as to the rest of the population. And yes, the earth is round. However, I am sure there are certain elements in the community, which consider such facts to be “indoctrination”.
Good luck to candidates who do not feel the need to advertise their political affiliation, but can instead list their relevant qualifications.
Bill Stevenson, Woodland park
Re: Proposition 119
We encourage you to carefully read the details of proposal 119. Increase the tax on marijuana to provide school programs for children. It sounds good. But wait, who gets this special educational opportunity? Eligible Colorado Youth. And who is eligible? A new State Department will tell us who. But the most worrying aspect of this proposal is that the money that is normally allocated to public schools must be reallocated to this new state agency. Indeed, the amounts normally provided by the State to public schools will be reduced. How does this reduction in funding for public schools help maintain, let alone improve, our schools? It is not, it will hurt our school systems.
The proposal establishes a new state agency made up of nine board members appointed by the governor. If you know anything about state agencies, you know they will need staff and a lot of staff. How many employees, we are not told. What will be the remuneration of the employees of the new agency? We do not know. Once salaries and other personal service charges have been paid, how much money will be available for tutoring services for eligible children? Less then you are led to believe.
The most worrying aspect of this proposal is that the money that has been allocated to public schools must be reallocated to this new state agency. Indeed, the amounts normally provided by the State to public schools will be reduced. How does this reduction in funding for public schools maintain, let alone improve, our schools? It is not, it will hurt our school systems.
Like too many proposals, this one deceives the voters and enriches the elected politicians.
Lacy Scott, Woodland park
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