To the editor:

To the editor:

The world we live in, economically speaking, is larger than the South-Western City Schools district.

Who is paying for the government stimulus package? We are.

Who is going to pay for the new taxes we are being asked to vote for? We are.

Parents, if your child can find a job at all, after taxes, what will they earn?

Every time we vote for something, it's the next generation still paying for it. That's the way it works. A debt is a debt until it's paid in full.

How long has it been since we have seen a "paid in full" and something to show for it?

It may very well be we'll never see those words for many years to come, in America or in Grove City.

Laura Davis

Grove City

To the editor:

The majority of voters in the South-Western City Schools have spoken.

With the no vote on this past levy they have collectively╩created the death of the culture of our community.╩Be assured, the╩best and brightest will be leaving our fine district for better╩pastures.╩

Our young scholars, musicians, artists and athletes will╩find homes in districts that pass levies. They will end up in districts that╩value the power of education and the "extras" that come with our╩great public schools.

These communities pass levies with hopes that╩someday these young minds will return home with their hometown pride,╩varied skills and expertise.

We have become a selfish society, devoid of empathy for those in different situations and╩livelihoods other than our own.

In not passing this levy, everyone in the district will see a quality of life change brought on by the end╩product.╩Our home values will decrease.╩Our neighborhoods will╩change.╩Our community pride will erode.

When we are╩asked to pass a levy, it's a sacrifice for the betterment of others. If we do not take care of our schools, if we do not take ownership of╩them, a new "culture" will arise for the thousands of kids in our╩community left without an outlet provided by our schools.

I assure╩you that this culture will not be so swell.

Dan Gerdeman

Grove City

To the editor:

The slogan for the students says, "I am the levy." My slogan is, "I am the taxpayer."

Common sense says that when there is a downturn in the economy, however temporary, incomes are decreased. We the taxpayers have been instructed to cut out luxuries. We have been told to "think of the children." I have been told by my employer no raises this coming fiscal year. My taxpayer husband has not had any overtime this past year that entitled us to some luxuries.

I hear on the news that people aren't able to pay their mortgages, and the taxpayers will have to carry that burden. We have a governor and president spending or taxing me to the point there is just enough money to pay for the necessities.

I'm not whining. I am being responsible.

I tithe. I give to charitable organizations. I use the money I've earned, how I want it spent. Health care costs coming out of our paychecks have tripled this year.

Parents who have children in the district are more than likely in debt. They are trying to raise a family, trying to give their child the best. What is best is that we don't continue to tax them out of their homes.

Mayor Stage and council are╩worried about tax revenues, devaluation of property. Someone willing to move to Grove City can do their homework and see that the schools are thriving.

I am not anti-children, but tired of being taxed.

Becky Grundei

Grove City

To the editor:

South-Western City Schools needs to show some transparency in the levy situation.

Don't just say you need more money, prove it. Publish a financial statement showing income and expenses. All that stuff is on the SWCS Web site. It just needs to be consolidated into one financial statement.

The superintendent stated the school board is missing what the people are saying about the levy. Well, here it is.

People are tired of threats. People are tired of not knowing the financial condition of the school system. People are tired of seeing the kids being used as pawns for grownup debates.

People know that if the SWCS really cared about the kids, they would find a way to provide that care.

If a business wants a loan to expand, or if a person wants a loan to buy a house or a car, that person has to supply income and expenses. Why should that be any different for SWCS?

One time the levy campaign published an expenditure statement but not asset statement. I called the school administrative in office and asked if they were also going to publish the income half of the statement and was told they couldn't do that.

Why?

SWCS needs to be completely honest with the people and just maybe the people could provide more support.

Donald L. Warner

Grove City

To the editor:

There are folks in the South-Western City Schools district who continue to say they simply cannot afford to vote for the levy on Aug. 4.

They say that they are on fixed incomes and that they already pay too much. They claim to have "no dog in this fight."

We cannot afford not to vote for the levy. We all have something to lose if this levy does not pass.

Some say that more cuts are the answer, do more with less. How much more do you want done and with how much less?

While I would agree that times are tough economically, they are tough all over for everyone, fixed incomes or not. Many of us attended schools in this district or currently have children who do. Trust me, folks have gone through difficult times before but always found ways to support the children, you and I included.

Issue 2 will cost the homeowner an average of $22.54 per $100,000.00 home value. An evening out at any of the fine establishments along Stringtown Road in Grove City will cost the family of four at least that much if not more.

There are no free rides in this country. You get what you pay for. We can't eat steak on a bologna budget.

In May, we allowed 12 percent of the voters to speak for the other 88 percent of us. That should never happen.

I don't know about you but you'll be able to find me at the polls on Aug. 4 voting in favor of Issue 2 and showing my support for the more than 21,000 students in this district.

Donald L. Bocook

Grove City

To the editor:

Would you be willing to pay $250 to gain $10,000 in the future?

If you would be willing to do so, please read on to understand my logic. If you would not be willing to do so, you may stop reading now and go on to what ever else you want to do.

Here is my logic: Every one of us who owns property in the school district faces at least a 10-percent drop in their property value if the levy does not pass. All of us have just experienced at least a 12 to 20-percent drop in the value of our home due to the current recession, and while that is a big issue, I believe over the course of the next three to years we will all get that 12 to 20 percent back as the economy improves and home values start to rise again.

Unfortunately, if we do not pass the levy the 10-percent drop will not return, for we will be making our property unmarketable for future buyers.

If we believe that the fact our schools have no extracurricular programs will have no effect on the decision of a potential homebuyer, we are all truly kidding ourselves.

We need to make this decision based on pure dollars and cents, and leave all the other nonsense out of it. It is this simple.

If you lose 10 percent on a $100,000 house, you lose $10,000. In saving the $ 250 a year, it would take 40 years to recover your $ 10,000 loss.

So unless you are planning to stay in your home for the next 40 years you are losing a substantial amount of money that will not return when the economy does finally turn around.

So can someone explain to me why I would not want to invest $250 to save losing $10,000?

Larry Damato

Grove City