How interesting the cost of educating a middle school student in the Worthington school district has gone public. It is clearly irresponsible of our administrators to claim ignorance of the cost of the alternative program (This Week, Sept 16, 2010).

How interesting the cost of educating a middle school student in the Worthington school district has gone public. It is clearly irresponsible of our administrators to claim ignorance of the cost of the alternative program (This Week, Sept 16, 2010).

It is unconscionable that traditional students are cheated of opportunity so that a privileged few may be coddled. That is not the realm of a public district.

Our administrators' purpose is to coordinate monies to procure quality teachers, pay them competitive salaries giving them resources to provide our children a contemporary education within safe, well maintained facilities. Forget the frills and privileges for the few.

The $7-million office building ó purchased in secret and remodeled ó that our administrators enjoy does nothing to educate our kids and it can go.

Put the administrators in an empty Perry Middle building which was supposed to save tax dollars but instead was used to house the pricey Phoenix program. The Phoenix should be dispensed with.

Remember the choices made by our administrators the next time a levy is requested, and we must endure the same refrain of eliminating sports and busing.

I am a lifelong resident of Worthington. I am proudly raising a family very near to where I was raised and I care very deeply about my schools, my libraries, my community and my family's future. I am also a lifelong Democrat who has never voted for a Republican in my life and I never thought that I ever would. All of that changed when Mike Duffey announced that he was running to be our community's next representative in the Ohio House.

When I told my family and friends that I was actually going to vote for a Republican, they were all dumbfounded. Make no mistake, I am not part of some political trend where my decision to vote Republican can be attributed to the Tea Party or some dissatisfaction with my political party. My decision can be attributed to the kind of man Mike Duffey is.

I have had the honor of knowing Duffey personally. He and I went to the same schools, grew up in and have spent our lives in Ohio's 21st House District. We have worked together as Statehouse reporters, and Mike taught me how much difference a representative with real grassroots ties to his or her constituents can make in truly changing the everyday life of the people they serve….