Our publicly financed education ship, the Costa Lotta, has a gash in the hull, is taking on water, and is beginning to list.

To the editor:

Our publicly financed education ship, the Costa Lotta, has a gash in the hull, is taking on water, and is beginning to list.

Abramo Ottolenghi's recent letter praises the incremental levy concept.

It is irrelevant how you are taxed (income, property, sales, etc.) if it is spending that is out of control. We have run aground because of decades of 5-6 percent annual raises and ballooning benefit costs that the union contracts have demanded (and the school board has rubber-stamped).

Nearly 88 percent of any new levy money will go toward the ever-increasing salaries and benefits (while student education programs have been slowly whittled away). It is not just Worthington: the projected deficit for Ohio's 612 school districts is $7.6 billion by 2015, according to the Buckeye Institute.

The unions, the board, and the pro-levy cheerleaders seem focused on rearranging the deck chairs with threats of ending transportation, ending the school sports programs, and ending just about everything else that is beneficial for students and parents.

The goal, it seems, is to make impossible real and permanent change to the generous union contracts that drive the school budget.

Shouldn't the goals include maximizing educational opportunities for the students while minimizing the costs to the community?

John Herrington
Columbus