Saturday, February 03, 2018 1:00 am
The incorporation of the racial balance fund into the general fund by Fort Wayne Community Schools makes fiscal sense since the changes made by the Indiana legislature have changed the “pots” that schools have for keeping their money. It is, however, worrisome to assume that the programs supported by the fund will continue to still be fully supported.
Agendas change; adequate financial support for public schools is historically weak at best. What guarantees are in place to make sure the mission of those funds is able to continue? It's all well and good to say that FWCS will always support those programs, but how will the makeup of those schools and the programs they offer continue without something written to ensure this financial support?
It would be wonderful to trust in FWCS, but times and administrations change. Moving the money without making a distinction somewhere that it will continue to be designated for its original purpose is discomforting. If the school board takes the initiative to develop a policy indicating FWCS will uphold its financial as well as principled commitment to maintaining the values behind the original racial balance fund, it would help alleviate concerns of the community.
Prompt action by 311
We live at Lutheran Life Villages on South Anthony Boulevard, just north of Tillman Road.
Recently, when we left our campus late one morning, there was a dumping ground of building debris in the northbound lanes of South Anthony. Cars were swerving to miss the junk on the road. When we came back several hours later, we called the city at 311.
The next day, it was all cleaned and gone. Thank you, street department and city workers.
Please, do not complain to your neighbors and friends; they probably do not work for the city. Call the 311 help line.
TOM and SANDY BAUERMEISTER
How can anyone watch families be torn apart on the news nearly every night and think that deporting good, hard-working, law-abiding people who just happen to be in the United States without the proper papers is the right thing to do?
Some of you will tell me it's the law. OK, I get that. It's legal. But is it right? Is it moral? Immigration and Customs Enforcement is deporting mothers and fathers, leaving children without parents to care for them. They're lying in wait at churches and schools to deport taxpaying breadwinners, leaving single moms and dads to struggle on their own to raise a family. They're dragging grandmas off buses on their way home from visiting a new grandbaby.
I think this is the “American carnage” President Donald Trump spoke about in his dystopian inaugural address, this ruthless tearing apart of families, this deporting kids and young adults who have never known another home, all to satisfy the letter of a law that everyone agrees has not been working for decades. How does this kind of senseless human tragedy benefit anyone except for law-and-order zealots who bleat that following the rules is all that matters?
The rules are not all that matters. Compassion matters. Kindness matters. Decency matters. Our government used to know that.