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School board should

listen to the people

It is your duty as a taxpaying citizen of St. Joseph to be involved in the decisions of elected officials. It is the duty of those elected officials to carry out the desires of the taxpaying citizens. With all of the hype surrounding the school board, we as a community have come to realize just how out of touch these elected officials are. We want three!

In recent weeks we have been bombarded with information about how little the general public knows of the conditions of our current education buildings. One thing we do know, and I know this because I read reactions on social media and see poll results online, the majority of taxpaying citizens want to renovate the buildings we have. Period.

Sixty-two percent of people who responded chose Option D, renovate what we have. The next closest is Option B with 18%. So don’t tell us that Option D is no longer being discussed.

Now I am waiting to see articles about how “unhealthy” our schools are. Then they’ll be sold and renovated into apartments.

Keep it up and you will get no money. Our trust is gone.

The public has spoken. Now listen!

Jason Ingram

St. Joseph

Farm Bureau leader’s

words serve to divide

In the latest edition of Show-Me, the Missouri Farm Bureau’s publication, Blake Hurst, the organization’s president, describes the plight of rural small towns and makes a few good suggestions on how to deal with and stop the ongoing population decline.

Unfortunately he omits to state the underlying cause for the loss of population, namely that farms are still “consolidating,” a euphemistic term for smaller and mid-sized farms being pushed out by larger ones, a result of a long-standing agricultural policy in this country that favored competition over cooperation.

The social, economic and environmental problems that have come along with that policy are well known. Both major political parties have contributed. In the present situation many, if not most farms, especially if they are commodity producers, depend on the goodwill of the taxpayers via the government, for support. In 2019 roughly 40% of farm income comes from that source.

One would think that the president of a farm organization appreciates that fact and is careful with his words. Mr. Hurst instead uses his article for an attack on “crazy liberals on the East Coast who want to tax us into poverty.” While it may be cathartic to throw red meat to a largely conservative readership, it is not prudent.

Farmers need goodwill from everyone and majorities can change. Besides, a farm organization should not affiliate itself to one side only; the rejected side may see no reason to do anything for us, while the other side may take the support for granted and also do no more than pay lip service.

Klaus Karbaumer

Platte City, Missouri

Put both school plans

on ballot for a vote

When is the school board going to learn that they serve the will of the people of St. Joseph?

These are our schools, our money pays for them, and our votes elect board members to represent us, not rule over us.

If one of the top two concepts is to upgrade the existing three high schools, then find a solution as to how to accomplish that rather than rejecting it out of hand, as reported in the Nov. 26 News-Press.

If necessary, put both concepts on the ballot in April before moving ahead with a plan that may not be acceptable to the people who have to live with it.

Clarence Jacobs

St. Joseph