Voice from Appalachia

Editor:

In regards to the advice offered to Newcomerstown School District and community by Mr. Robert Fogler, retired county superintendent, presented in the Newcomerstown News on Dec. 8, 2010, I am always amazed with educators because with all their ability to teach, they resist the opportunity to learn from the taxpayer.

I am one voice crying from the Hills of Appalachia, a spokesman for many of which the educators of Ohio don't want to hear from. Nevertheless, we are here tucked away deep rooted in the Hills of Appalachia. In reading Mr. Fogler's letter to the editor, I can understand his concern. The last letter to the editor that I wrote, I discussed looking deep into the rain barrel, and this letter could be much the same only now let us look into the "pork barrel." A county superintendent possibly could be one of those pork barrel jobs needing cut. We have a superintendent in each school already. How can we justify the cost of a county superintendent? While understanding Mr. Staggs's concern that the need won't go away that will never change my votes and many others. The taxpayers of Appalachia did not create those needs you described, but we intend to help in ending the need. The need won't go away because educators won't let it go away.

The stimulus money described in your article needed to be rejected when offered lessening a desire now. About ten years ago or more, money was offered to the schools in the form of matching funds. Superintendents pursued this funding with great vigor for the citizens of Appalachia and across Ohio. The big pork sandwich in which many ate of and not realizing one day they may have to vomit it back up, sold it to the citizens of Ohio and now solar panels and windmills won't help much. The pork in the barrel is too great and must be overcome by the voters. Being one of those Appalachia citizens but like many others didn't take one bite from the pork offered; the real need for schools is not in the form of money but in lifestyle. Educators in this district were warned of changes coming and now here they are. Many of the school districts which took part of the matching fund money and loaded there over-priced and over-staff monuments to government pork projects will soon be scrabbling to consolidate. Many large beautiful buildings will be emptied and wasted all because educators refusing to listen too many of the taxpayers in their district. Just as the beautiful scenery and Hills of Appalachia, in which the coal trucks and trains hauled away the long lines of ships from China are now hauling our good paying jobs away. Here, we are with all this great education and ability and educators can only tax more and that always seems to be their answer because fools never learn. Many false pork barrel position was created in the 1990s and early 2000s. Here is some advice to a complicated problem by a citizen in the Hills of Appalachia. Taking a big stick and "runn" the need "oft." How could smart, educated, administrators, across Ohio be so naive trusting government revenuers?

We have all heard of the "dumbing down of America" but we were blindsided when it came from the educational system. Having lived through the industrial boom, seeing men and women with grit stand against any and all opposition threatening the America dream of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Why is that the youth of America don't stand and rebel is a mystery unless passiveness was instill in them from our educational system? Great educators with the power to instill thought in the youth should teach how to rebel against a system stealing the future of the youth by shipping factories and all type of industries overseas. Education was supposed to be the answer to our problems. Instead it has become the problem itself. Ohio has a new governor since the failure of the tax levy. Perhaps he will give new direction for the luxurious funding from the State of Ohio to the schools. This unfair and unconstitutional taxation in place now must be changed to at least a sales tax allowing all citizens of Ohio to participate. Appalachia voters deep in the hills of the counties represented in this district must unite and vote in greater numbers more so now than ever having compassion for others lessening the burden of higher property tax. Mr. Fogler stated himself the need for more tax won't go away but most certainly it will grow. Appalachia voters can hold back the flood by voting against the levies. Your vote is the big stick that can "runn" the so-called need "oft." We, Appalachia folks, live with less than school employees do and it is time for them to live with a little less too. I, for one, am tired of seeing our children received diplomas to nowhere with great educational loans from everywhere causing the feeling of discouragement and despair with the promise of jobs not existing anywhere but overseas.

We have all heard of the "dumbing down of America" but we were blindsided when it came from the educational system. Having lived through the industrial boom, seeing men and women with grit stand against any and all opposition threatening the America dream of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Why is that the youth of America don't stand and rebel is a mystery unless passiveness was instill in them from our educational system? Great educators with the power to instill thought in the youth should teach how to rebel against a system stealing the future of the youth by shipping factories and all type of industries overseas. Education was supposed to be the answer to our problems. Instead it has become the problem itself. Ohio has a new governor since the failure of the tax levy. Perhaps he will give new direction for the luxurious funding from the State of Ohio to the schools. This unfair and unconstitutional taxation in place now must be changed to at least a sales tax allowing all citizens of Ohio to participate. Appalachia voters deep in the hills of the counties represented in this district must unite and vote in greater numbers more so now than ever having compassion for others lessening the burden of higher property tax. Mr. Fogler stated himself the need for more tax won't go away but most certainly it will grow. Appalachia voters can hold back the flood by voting against the levies. Your vote is the big stick that can "runn" the so-called need "oft." We, Appalachia folks, live with less than school employees do and it is time for them to live with a little less too. I, for one, am tired of seeing our children received diplomas to nowhere with great educational loans from everywhere causing the feeling of discouragement and despair with the promise of jobs not existing anywhere but overseas.

It has been said, "No guts, no glory." I say also, "No God, no morals." Our educators for decades have don their best to do away with citizens who have grit and morals from speaking in any public form by intimidating Appalachia citizens saying we lack proper speech and ability. However, we are still citizens of the State of Ohio who have the power and right to be heard and vote.

Voice from Appalachia,

Chet McVey