Letters What is happening to Wakonda?
To the editor:
What is happening to Wakonda? Being a graduate from Wakonda I have been paying close attention to all the events that have occurred. The recent attempt by Mr. Lovejoy and others to dissolve the school district frustrates me.
Since I attend Northern State University in Aberdeen, I made sure my vote was in on time through all three bond issue votes. As I learned of the results from the elections, I became more and more upset. However, I never said anything � until now.
In May the school board decided to go ahead with the building plans, a decision I felt was appropriate as the majority of the community was in favor of the building. I thought we, as a community, would be able to unite and work together for the future of the children. However, Mr. Lovejoy and others were not satisfied so they decided to take actions one step further and force the possible closing of our school. Well, Mr. Lovejoy, while I'm not speaking for the other 59 percent of the voters who were in favor of the school bond, I'm sure most would agree with me when I say I'm not going to sit back and watch your attempts to dissolve the school district.
Mr. Lovejoy, you state that you "think this petition calls for the combination or consolidation with other schools so we can get some better class offerings for the kids." As an education major, I have had several teaching experiences in both large schools such as Aberdeen and small schools comparable to Wakonda. From these experiences I can tell you that with the addition of distant learning classes, small schools are able to offer similar classes as the large schools. Also, in the elementary classes the curriculum is basically the same between big schools and small schools. They all are teaching language arts, math, sciences, etc. The small schools are at an advantage because they can give more individualized attention to each student. My question to you, Mr. Lovejoy, is why do you want to take that away from your kids as well as the other kids in Wakonda?
Mr. Lovejoy, you obviously thought Wakonda was a good enough school for your kids to begin their education. What changed? I have been out of high school for four years and from what I see Wakonda still offers one of the best educations around. Wakonda students still score very high on state test scores � a fact that can be accredited to the quality teachers at Wakonda.
You state that you're "afraid we're going to have a new building but no kids." You also state "It's kind of foolish to build if kids are going to go to other schools." This declining enrollment problem is not just a problem Wakonda faces. In fact, the majority of South Dakota schools are dealing with declining enrollments, yet these same schools are still building new facilities to provide the best possible learning environment for their children's education.
Finally, Mr. Lovejoy, I assume your actions are being done in the best interests of the children. While I applaud your concern for your children's education, I'm not sure you realize what you're creating. I have been around your kids as well as every other child in Wakonda in some way or another, whether it be at school, through baseball, or at the pool, and the funny thing is these kids all get along regardless of how their parents feel about each other. While you continue your push for the dissolvement of our school, please keep in mind all the friendships that will be destroyed by your efforts. Now, is that really in the best interest of the children?
PROUD Graduate of WHS
Consumers will be hurt by rule change
To the editor:
I appreciate the opportunity to inform your readers of what may seemingly be an insignificant rule change.
Lost in the every day hustle and bustle of the Washington bureaucracy is a rule change that may spell a dismal future for the real estate industry. The Federal Reserve and Treasury are pushing for a rule change that would allow federally chartered banks to enter the real estate market. If it passes through the open comment period and is adopted, the change would have monumental effects on both consumers and industry professionals.
As a law school student, I realize that agents and attorneys who specialize in this field must continually update their knowledge of the ever-changing procedures, rules, and statutes that regulate the real estate industry. Individuals in the banking industry face an equal challenge in their field, making it virtually impossible to successfully maintain a wide offering of both financial and commercial services. Real estate agents and bankers are each professionals in their respective fields. It is consumers who lose out when customer service and expertise are sacrificed for the sake of increasing profit.
This is an issue that will harm those living on the coasts just as much as us living in a small, Midwestern town. I strongly urge those who feel they will be hurt by this change to contact South Dakota's Congressional delegation to express their feelings.
Amy M. Petersen Myres