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My experience with the VA in dealing with my Father who was a WW2 disabled combat vet was excellent before he passed away. He received care at a Regional VA Hospital in Houston and we never had a long wait for anything. The VA Rep. here in Steamboat who has since retired was also excellent when I applied for Survivor Benefits for my Mother who has since passed away. She was approved in less than a month. The VA Hospitals are not Military Hospitals, they are totally separate. The VA was created to provide healthcare for Service members that have service connected health problems and not all veterans. In the past they have offered service to Veterans on a space available basis who had non-service connected health problems. As a Retired Military Officer and Vietnam Vet I receive my healthcare through Military Facilities or Tricare not the VA. My experience also has been excellent. I have never had one problem. Unfortunately the VA's major problem was they were totally unprepared for 50,000+ severely wounded service members that showed up from Afghanistan and Iraq in a very short time. Many of those individuals had severe wounds that in other wars would have never survived. The battlefield medical units saved thousands which are now in VA care. Hopefully our Leadership will be very prudent before starting another war which would help the VA immensely.
That is why I quit the Republican Party in 2003 and became Independent, the question which one has done more harm to our Nation over the past 15 years. Visit any National Cemetery and you will see the answer.
He did not create the mess he just didn't fix it.
If I remember correctly the last time "Conservatives" took over total control of our government was in 2001. The National Debt was $5 Trillion with a yearly $250 Billion surplus. Then they passed 2 massive supply side economic tax cuts for the so called "job creators", massive Defense Spending, 2 unpaid for grossly mismanaged wars and the Great Recession which devastated the Middle Class if there is any such group anymore. The National Debt was pushing $13 Trillion with a yearly $1.1 Trillion deficit when they left office and there was an unemployment rate pushing 10%.
I wish Mr. Trump the best of luck because if you like it or not he will be our next President but he is proposing again massive supply side tax cuts, massive Defense Spending and military intervention again in the Middle East, and privatizing Medicare and Social Security. Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result I believe is called insanity. He is a big fan of Mr. Putin and Russia who's adversaries seem to always vanish. He personally along with many people of great wealth have not supported our country for 20 years by not paying any Federal Taxes while the rest of us shouldered the burden of our Military, roads and highways, infrastructure, corporate welfare etc. I have a feeling a year from now when all those great manufacturing jobs he promised that would return to the US don't materialize there will be millions of greatly disappointed Trump voters. I hope I'm wrong and he is successful as is the Country but I'm not optimistic at this point. We have been there before and all we can do is wait and see and hope for the best.
Thanks-I totally agree with your last statement but that unfortunately is the society we live in today. The actual tuition in the past years except the last 2 was $2400 per student not $600 which is where the $500,000 comes from but again that is only an estimate depending on state funding. It also releases the EFB from trying to help fund K. They now can use that money for other educational purposes. If the state funds more then the MLO will be less and if they fund it all then the MLO is totally gone. The good news is there should be no debt like the last 3 years or so. Out of 178 school districts in the state Steamboat is right at the top. We have a great school system here so lets all work together to keep it that way. My grandchildren and your children are counting on us to do keep it that way.
Ken,I apologize for the reference. I did not mean it the way it came out. I tried to correct it but was unsuccessful.
Read the definition of slush fund and you will see this is not one. We will not know until next year if hopefully there will be as a balanced budget as we all want. It would be nice to have a surplus so needed maintenance can be done. We will find out in May.
Ken, The definition of a slush fund is "a fund for bribing public officials or carrying corruptive propaganda and an unregulated fund often used for illicit purposes." The District has $17 million in deferred maintenance thanks to the state underfunding Education over the past 5 years(the negative factor). How is fixing our schools illicit? If you read the ballot it specifically said all monies go directly to full day kindergarten. This years school budget deficit was $100,000+which happens to be close to the amount of money the District used to fund all day kindergarten. The MLO should then pretty much wipe out the deficit. If and when the State funds all day kindergarten the MLO is terminated. Now compare that to the previous school board last school year. They had a 300% larger deficit, over $500,000 and that year the Educational Fund Board funded the ENTIRE COST of Full Day Kindergarten. So the deficit was considerably reduced this year and thanks to the MLO the District should be balanced next year. Why didn't you support a recall movement last year?
Happy Veterans Day but I doubt you are a part of my Band of Brothers.
Scott, you are entitled to your opinion and you have many. I think you are totally wrong about the benefits of Full Day Kindergarten. I've seen the results from my own children and grand children and it was a great help preparing them for school. The out of District students are mostly children of employees of the district and others who work in Steamboat who can't afford to live here. This is about 5% of the student population as compared to Aspen's which is about 25%. Happy Halloween.
The ballot language is quite specific. It says that amount of money collected will be based on the amount of K students. The money is mandated to only be used for Kindergarten. If the State finally funds full day Kindergarten the MLO is terminated. This is no slush fund.
Last week the CC4E Group held a Forum on School Finances unfortunately very few taxpayers attended. This would have cleared up all the misinformation that has been put out about how our School District is financed. The two presenters, one from the Colorado Fiscal Institute and the other the School District Finance Director outlined how Colorado funds all 178 Districts and specifically Steamboat. The District receives $7400 per student for the 1 through 12 student and $4300 per Kindergarten student. Unfortunately, other priorities have surpassed Education in our State. Over the last 5 years the State has underfunded the District by $17 million( called the negative factor) which happens to coincide exactly with the Districts deferred maintenance which also is $17 million. Also the District still has children in outside Trailers at Soda Creek Elementary. Colorado has gone from 23rd in school funding to 45th over the past 5 years. If this continues Colorado will pass Mississippi within a year or two. I find it interesting that the State can spend over $20,000 per inmate in our prisons and only $7400 or $4300 for K per student for Education. That is the questionable logic. Maybe if some of these people had a early start with Kindergarten they would not have been in jail.
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