DL News Staff
For the past few weeks there has been a lot of comments and opinions on what is happening in the Frazee School District. I would like to add my opinion to some of these issues. There have been numerous comments about the audit and what it portrayed. Different views in different newspapers, letters to the editor and such. I sat in the meeting with Mr. Johnson and the first thing he told us was what he would be covering in his report.
As Becker County Community Health Supervisor, I would like to extend a sincere thank you to the many people who assisted us in delivering vaccinations during the 2009-2010 H1N1 pandemic. A Mass Vaccination Clinic requires participation of multiple community partners in order to be successful. Here in Becker County, our partners truly stepped forth to make our events happen.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently recommended a ban against the import of nine snake species commonly sold as pets. It's about time. Captivity is often a death sentence for reptiles and in too many cases, for the people who "had" to have them as well. People all over the country have been seriously injured -- many fatally -- by their pet vipers, pythons, and boa constrictors.
I am a 2006 graduate of Frazee High School. Throughout my high school career, my family faced many trials, especially with the health of my father. As a result, I missed quite a few days of school. My teachers were the only support system I had. Every day I went to school I was encouraged to continue to hold my head high and to the best that I could -- even on the worst days. All of my teachers would spend extra time with me in between classes and before and after school to help me understand the materials that I had missed.
Felony DWI law should be tougher It was good to see that Danny Bettcher will be spending the next couple of years in prison after last year receiving another of more than 24 DWI convictions over the years. Clearly, the felony DWI law passed by the Legislature several years ago was designed for people like Bettcher, likely one of the most notorious DWI offenders in the country. The Legislature may want to make the law even tougher. Bettcher had already been convicted of felony DWI, served two and a half years, and then was arrested and charged with DWI again.
Consumers' chronic pain at the pump is returning with gas prices 67 percent higher than a year ago and probably heading back toward $3 a gallon soon. While you can't control the price of gas, you can control how much gas you burn by performing proper maintenance and how you drive. Performing simple and inexpensive maintenance can save as much as $1,200 per year in gas costs. The Car Care Council offers these gas-saving maintenance and driving tips: n Keep your car properly tuned to improve gas mileage by an average of 4 percent.
I can't tell you how disappointed I am with the results of the contract negotiations that occurred between the school district, school board and Education Minnesota. The $427,010.50 annual increase in compensation and benefits is a travesty to the people who voted for the referendum in November. The entire amount of the referendum ($406,000), and more, went to this one bargaining agreement. Not one book for the children, not one computer, nothing to reduce class sizes not even a piece of chalk.
It is very difficult to start this letter because it needs to be done in a professional, courteous manner. I want to speak my mind as others have, but I am here to show the difference of fact vs. opinion as well as how portrayed information can influence an article. There have been a few articles in the Frazee Forum with deleted, quoted information as well as misrepresented quotes, and the article I am particularly upset with is the issue on January 14, 2010.
The Frazee Education Association (FEA) did reject the school board's last offer on Friday Jan. 15. The Frazee teachers' negotiating team presented an offer which would have cost the taxpayers less money than the board's previous offer. In addition, the current FEA offer included more teacher work time and more student contact time than the current contract. The last offer from the board stripped benefits from the current contract and lengthened the work day, while removing compensation for experience and advanced degrees (steps and lanes).
The Damien Society wishes to thank the entire community for another successful "Mitten Tree Project" this year.