[HCCN] Fwd: School closing is wrong
JUDY at ROBBINSandROBBINS.com
Wed Mar 30 19:21:27 EDT 2011
> [This is a letter I sent to the Ellsworth American 2 weeks ago that
> did not get published.-- JR]
> To the editor:
> Newspapers this week announced the sad news of the closing of
> Orland Elementary School. Orland is one of many Maine community
> schools to be closed in the past year; towns cite budget woes,
> reduced federal and state aid, inability of citizens to shoulder
> increased tax burdens. School closing is sad, but worse, it’s wrong.
> Federal and state governments tell us that we are broke, but
> that is far from the truth. There’s plenty of money for maintaining
> and expanding the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan and now
> Libya, as well as military expansion into Central/South America.
> Representative Chellie Pingree a few days ago questioned General
> Petraeus during his testimony to Congress, to ask whether taxpayer
> dollars are being used appropriately. Pingree stated that Maine’s
> share of the cost of the wars is $3.4 billion. The Orland School
> closing will save the town $324,000, including teacher layoffs. The
> taxpayers of Maine will spend $1.5 billion for proposed Department
> of Defense spending, fiscal year 2012, an amount that would pay for
> 26,755 elementary school teachers for one year (according to the
> National Priorities Project).
> On April 4 at 11 a.m., there will be a news conference in
> Augusta at the Hall of Flags, where Mainers will speak out about
> why it is crucial to bring our war dollars home, where they can be
> used to fund the urgent needs of our communities. Children and
> teachers must not be sacrificed for runaway military spending.
> Judy Robbins
> 326-4405 (h)
> 374-2187 (w)
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