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Montevideo American-News
  • Letters to the Editor, Thursday, January 2

  • The American-News welcomes letters of opinion from our readers. Letters regarding current local and national news items are encouraged. All letters are subject to editing for length and style. Letters containing potentially libelous or obscene statements will not be published. Letters must contain name, address and phone numb...
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  • The American-News welcomes letters of opinion from our readers. Letters regarding current local and national news items are encouraged. All letters are subject to editing for length and style. Letters containing potentially libelous or obscene statements will not be published. Letters must contain name, address and phone number for verification and in case of questions. E-mail letters to:  jjones@montenews.com Letters may also be mailed to:  Editor, Montevideo Publishing, P.O. Box 99, Montevideo, MN 56265
     
    Luther Haven is appreciative
    I would like to thank the Montevideo community for helping to make Christmas very special for Luther Haven residents this holiday season.  
     
    It has been a joyous time here in so many different ways.  There have been numerous caroling groups wandering the halls, special music concerts such as our own Chamberlain’s Feast, and families sharing their musical talents from piano recitals to brass bands. We have had preschoolers and elementary programs and our special Ramsey Buddies have visited and celebrated with us, too.  
     
    Our special visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus was much enjoyed by all, too. Our volunteers helped decorate the halls, wrap the presents, drive the bus, serve at numerous parties and events and all with a smile while sharing their time and talents with us. The community, including churches and individuals, shared generously for the Christmas presents that were given to each resident. The look on the residents’ faces as they opened their gifts was priceless.   
     
    A heartfelt thank you goes out to each and every one of you that helped to make this season so special for Luther Haven.  Happy Holidays to each of you.
     
    —Beth Hampton
    Montevideo
     
    Vote ‘no’ on bonding bill
    Page 2 of 3 - On October 14, 2013, the MACCRAY School Board passed a resolution, on a 5-1 vote, authorizing a special election on January 7, 2014, to put to the voters of MACCRAY School District 2180 the proposal to pass a bonding bill for 20 million dollars for the purpose of building a new elementary school in Clara City, and then close the elementary schools in Maynard and Raymond.
     
    I am writing this letter in opposition to this resolution. From 1989 to 1994 there was an agreement to keep an elementary school in each city. Compromise has worked well for 20 some years.
     
    Vote “no” because common sense and fiscal responsibility says to fix elementary schools and save money on interest and principal repayments.
     
    We are told that will save $300,000 per year (20 years times $300,0000 equals $6 million) savings on travel expense, update heating in new building, etc. But to pay $20 million in 20 years, the payments can be $1,400,000 per year.
     
    Farmers and landowners will be taxed in full, their land, not just house, garage and one acre. Tax effects on agriculture farm land, non-homestead, valued at $7,000 per acre, with $20 million bond issue payable over 20 years. For a 160-acre farm, that would be $1,512 per year.
     
    Vote “no” January 7. We have more cost-effective options to consider. A second opinion, by Lightowler Johnson Associates, an architectural firm, to repair and bring up to code the existing elementary school buildings in Maynard and Raymond is for $10,6689,992, rather than the $18,363,157 bid from Energy Service Group, an architectural and engineering firm, has estimated.
     
    Performance in MACCRAY elementary schools are in the top 15 percent of Minnesota schools.
     
    Location and distance is not out of range. We have a number of years of history.
     
    We need to stay together as a community, family neighborhood, as a school district. Treat each other with respect and dignity.
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    Compromise and keep the three communities in the circle of education. Have very good financial willingness and support, when we respect each other.
    —Kenneth F. Koenen
    Maynard
     
    Thanks you for plowing snow
    It was Christmas morning, 4:20 am. As I lay in my warm bed, I heard a loud clatter. I didn’t jump up to see what’s the matter. It was the guy who drew the short straw at the city, he was out in the cold, oh what a pity. While the kids were anxious to see Santa gifts, the city staff plowed the blowing drifts.
     
    We thank you for keeping our town open and clean, it is dedication that is seldom seen. We all take this moment to shake your hand, cause it was you out in the cold spreading the sand.
    Thank you.
    —Kevin Wald
    Montevideo

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