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Letters To The Editor

As a PHS graduate and resident in the Pettisville School District, I have been following with interest the ongoing subject of the proposed new school.

There appears to be a discrepancy in the 7/2/08 Buckeye article. I quote, “If voters approve the necessary tax issues in November, construction will take about 30 months. Students will attend their first classes in a new building in Dec. 2010.”

Check the math. Thirty months from Nov. 2008 (at the earliest approval of the tax issues) is May 2011. I may have gotten 13 years of my schooling in the old, non-air-conditioned, outdated Pettisville school, but I can still do basic math.

What is the source of the discrepancy? Is this a typographical or computational error? Is someone trying to deceive the voters?

Certainly students would not be expected to learn in a building that’s not totally completed, would they? That would surely be more detrimental to their learning than an old building would be. What other explanation could there be?

Celeste G. Schrock

Wauseon, Ohio

Editor’s note: Switzer said the 30-month timeline starts before the passage of a bond issue. The author of the original article misunderstood the superintendent.

Editor’s Note: The author of the following letter, Dale Butland, is the communications director of Ohioans for Healthy Families, which supports the Ohio Healthy Families Act.

The Buckeye reports that an unnamed corporation has decided against bringing 500 new jobs to Archbold because voters might pass the Ohio Healthy Families Act in November. The facts are likely otherwise.

Most major companies already provide paid sick days. Every independent study, to date, has found that the OHFA will save companies money, because of increased productivity, reduced contagion, and faster recuperation.

Fifty-three percent of those who already have paid sick days never miss a single day of work in an average year. There is no evidence that the OHFA will be costly, engender cheating, or constitute a legitimate reason for relocating a project that is otherwise economically justified.

Meanwhile, 2.2 million Ohioans have no paid sick days. The U.S. remains the only industrialized country in the world without them.

Comments by Steve Buehrer, state senator, notwithstanding, numerous Ohio workers have indeed lost jobs simply because they’ve gotten sick or stayed home to care for an ill child. Is that fair?

State legislators like Buehrer and Bruce Goodwin (state representative) hypocritically oppose paid sick days for others, even though they enjoy them at taxpayer expense. Apparently, they think paid sick days are a great idea for politicians and CEOs- but bad for regular people.

Most organizations against paid sick days also opposed such basic worker protections as increasing the minimum wage, the 40-hour work week, and creating Social Security, as too expensive.

Most Ohioans believe workers are entitled to minimum standards of decency, which includes not being forced to choose between a paycheck and taking care of family when illness strikes.

If Ohioans believe in family values, we should enact laws that value families.

Dale Butland Columbus

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