Saturday, August 20, 2005
Right on to Jackie Karolewski for her letter on poor taste, regarding the tacky photograph of Sheldon Slatkin's friends that was printed in the newspaper Aug. 1. My son said the same thing, and he's just 18. How sad it is that Steamboat Today printed the picture of his friends grieving over the loss of their friend.
Well, of course Horizons should be able to raise funds however they see fit. The historical societies got a tax passed and all of them still do fund-raisers. I don't see why Horizons should be any different, and they do great work.
Pick your odyssey
In response to last week's letter to the editor, it appears to me that Ms. Mayer, the high school career ed teacher, is more invested in her own job security rather than being open to providing options to our students. If high school staff had been open to revising the Senior Odyssey requirement when it was brought up much earlier this spring, we wouldn't be trying to change it two weeks before school starts. Highly challenging academic classes could be much more valuable to some students than a cookie-cutter, one-size-fits-all careers requirement. Let students choose their own path of self-realization. It may be different than yours, Ms. Mayer.
Don't stop fund-raisers
I feel that Horizons should be allowed to still do local fund raising if the tax is approved. It helps those in Horizons socialize with the public, and vice versa.
Credit Oak Creek
I am writing in reference to an Oak Creek Fire and Rescue call that happened Aug. 13. I am deeply saddened for the family and friends of Edward Schwegman. But, to the point, it gets very old that almost every time Oak Creek Fire and Rescue gets a call, we do not get the credit we deserve. It's usually labeled "south of Steamboat Springs," so whoever it may be that gives the information to the paper, I would love it if you would start giving us some credit, we do deserve it. We are not Steamboat's shadow.
It may be time to eliminate the Senior Odyssey and the career tech credit as a graduation requirement. If it is not possible to accommodate the request of students and parents their senior year, and if the Senior Odyssey team feels it needs to be fair to all students, it is only fair to make it an elective. The School Board has heard the parent and students' request for options. The Senior Odyssey team has not.
Thanks for nothing
I'm glad to see that the City Council approved the additional funds to work with the tennis center. It's a great amenity. But I'm really disappointed that the city has taken away the Silver Medallion program for employees. It's a shame that the people who work hard to keep our city running, especially in the parks department, are not going to have the opportunity to ski for free.
I've been following the Senior Odyssey project for the past two years, and believe the project part of the class has benefit to our students. However, I believe in providing a challenging and worthwhile educational experience for all students and believe the classroom piece falls short of meeting those needs.
In regard to the Aug. 18 story about the tennis center: Misplacing a decimal point in your checkbook is an error. Missing a budget by a few thousand dollars is a mistake. Knowing an estimate is $3 million and selling to the public as $2 million is a scam.
Crown Dave King
Why don't we just give Dave King two hats? One as president of the City Council and one as president of the Chamber. Then, we would not have to go through the agony of discussions, and he could just dictate what he wants for Triple Crown USA.