Archive for Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Letters to the editor: Touched my heart; Shoppine on e-bay questioned; Heavy heart; Heart-felt condolences

October 26, 2005

Touched my heart

To the editor:

Please send my deepest condolences to Spc. Lucas Frantz's wife, family and friends, and to the community of Tonganoxie.

From what I have learned from the local news here in Anchorage, Alaska and your newspaper there, I believe we have lost another great American. I am a former specialist in the U.S. Army and this story has truly touched my heart.

Please remember every day why people like Spc. Frantz sacrifice their lives, which is so that we can live free and safe and help those who need help. Please pray for the rest of the soldiers and their families waiting for their return. God bless.

Mark Brand,

Anchorage, Alaska.

Shopping on e-bay questioned

To the editor:

As I read the article on USD 464 saving money, there were several thoughts that crossed my mind. I met with Dr. Erickson last Tuesday before the article came out and I'm not convinced this is the direction that the district needs to take.

Do we really want used equipment, some of it five years old, in our new school, or in the remodeled school, for that matter?

When I worked on the bond issue last year, volunteering my time, I believed I was calling the patrons of USD 464 to ask them to vote on a new middle school and remodeled, updated elementary and high schools.

New is what we, the voters, voted on and new is what our children deserve.

If this program is as good as Dr. Erickson and Mr. Hansen would have us believe, why are there not more school districts involved in this type of purchasing? According to Dr. Erickson, there was no research done on this plan before it was implemented.

And finally, the job of USD 464 is to educate our children, so why is it that we don't have the money to pay our teachers, but we have the money to pay Mr. Hansen $40 an hour to shop on e-Bay?

Kathy Baragary,

Tonganoxie.

Heavy heart

To the editor:

My heart is heavy for your community of Tonganoxie after hearing of the loss of Lucas Frantz in Iraq.

Because of such an exciting girls state basketball tournament last season in Salina, I've always kept up with events in your town. After such an exciting semi-final game, I've often compared our towns.

We at Buhler High recently were struck with similar news of a former student and graduate. Chris Stephenson was a 2004 graduate of BHS and began his career in the Marines on Labor Day of last year with high expectations of seeing the world and upgrading his education. On his 20th birthday, Chris was in Western Iraq when his armored utility vehicle was blown up. Because Chris happened to be on the gun turret at the time, he was the only survivor of seven Marines. Chris is now at Bethesda hospital recovering from severe burns, broken bones and aery long recovery timeline.

It seems ironic to me that we can grow up in small Kansas towns and have very similar bonds. The highs and lows of lives that we live are very similar.

Thetudents at Buhler High are also experiencing some of the realities of life and death, winning and losing, and yet still strong enough to continue to face the challenges of living in today's world.

With roots from small towns, the experiences that kids face will last a lifetime. They will never forget the situations, friends and classmates and because of these things, their choices they pursue will make them strong.

Tricia Bridgess,

Hutchinson.

Heart-felt condolences

To the editor:

I would like to extend my heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Lucas Frantz. My family and I know several members of the 172nd Stryker Brigade that were deployed from Fort Richardson.

Not a day goes by without praying for the safe return of all soldiers. We are very sorry for your loss but equally as thankful for your sacrifice. It's the bravery and sacrifice of soldiers like Mr. Frantz that keep this wonderful country of ours safe from harm. May God bless you and help you through this difficult time.

Joe Miller,

Anchorage, Alaska.

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