Bond issue

SCOTT DIX

JANESVILLE — Vote no Feb. 6 on the Janesville School Bond. The $4.05 bond represents a 35 percent increase in the ability to raise the school tax and the largest increase allowed under the Iowa Code.

Enrollment at Janesville is down almost 40 percent from where it was more than 40 years ago, yet the majority of the bond goes to building a third gym. This bond represents a focus on athletics and taxpayer-sponsored day care in the school. The current day care uses three classrooms and three teachers.

This bond calls for building more classrooms using the some of the most expensive techniques and materials available. What this bond doesn’t do is offer one more teacher, or one more academic class, or air condition the classrooms that are still not air-conditioned.

Janesville doesn’t offer the classes to the students now that it once did, they bus the students to Waverly for those. A focus should be placed on offering more education, at a reasonable cost, until the school’s enrollment and tax base grow to accommodate the currents “wants” this bond vote outlines. Vote no, and don’t waste our educational dollars on more taxpayer-sponsored day care and athletics.

Climate report

DAVID VOIGTS

JESUP — Recently, the U.S. Global Change Research Program released its Climate Science Special Report. Highlights include that the global annually averaged surface air temperature has increased by about 1.8⁰ F since 1900. This period is now the warmest in the history of modern civilization. Furthermore, the last three years have been the warmest years on record. These trends are expected to continue over climate timescales.

The assessment concluded it is extremely likely human activities, especially emissions of greenhouse gases, are the dominant cause of the observed warming. There is no convincing alternative explanation supported by the observational evidence.

Researchers also reported that the global average sea level has risen by about 7-8 inches since 1900, with about 3 inches occurring since 1993. This rate of rise is greater than during any preceding century in at least 2,800 years. Sea levels are expected to continue to rise by at least several inches in the next 15 years and by 1-4 feet by 2100 with an 8-foot rise possible.

These findings were based on a large body of scientific, peer-reviewed research that ensure a reliable assessment of the state of scientific understanding. They should give anyone pause for concern.

Country View

JAMES PENNE

WATERLOO — I have been following this story about Country View; now the Board of Supervisors, mostly all Democrats, have suggested raising property taxes to keep this facility above water.

I’ve not read anything about the county Board of Supervisors suggesting working with the unions to make any cuts in union wages or benefits to also help. Why is it always the property taxpayer that (Supervisor Craig) White thinks has unlimited finances to keep paying higher taxes on this place?

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