Some questions to ask BOE employees
To the editor:
There are some questions The Herald-Mail should ask the Board of Education employees.
1. How many employees need to move?
2. How many will carpool or drive to work?
3. How many will shop “downtown” at lunch or after work?
4. How many will eat lunch out “downtown” every day?
5. How many will walk or drive “downtown” to lunch each day?
6. How many will walk or drive to lunch in bad weather?
7. What would be your daily lunch budget spent each day?
Then you have to establish what the term “downtown” means. Is it a one-, two- or three-block radius from the square?
When the employees are asked the questions, tell them the shopping and eating places around the former Ames shopping plaza and the Dual Highway are not considered “downtown.”
I think the numbers, traffic, parking problems and a little common sense should tell people the BOE does not belong “downtown.”
Online courses, smaller soda sizes and magazine clips
To the editor:
1. After reading the article regarding required online courses for students, I was not amazed at how smart our lawmakers really are. As a student and not being very smart or ambitious, I would have a smarter, more ambitious classmate do my online course, and perhaps my S.A.T. Perhaps all of our school courses should be online. Think about it. This would create enough money to solve our current financial crises. No more teacher salaries and pensions, no new schools built, no student transportation, maintenance for buildings or lunch programs. Endless savings. You get the idea.
2. New York Mayor Bloomberg has been pushing smaller portions of soda being mandatory. Simple solution — purchase the smallest drink size; refill it two, three or more times; and when leaving the fast-food restaurant, one more refill for the car.