To the editor, Would you invest your retirement account in a company managed by the current elected leaders of the Grand Forks School District? Some history: They have still failed to pass on all of the fully funded mill buy down. They spent ~$60m on building projects not approved by the voters. "Because we could." They built a new elementary school (Discovery) at a potential size 40 percent larger than their operational guidelines, which are supported by peer reviewed academic research.
To the editor, Estate taxes can be traced back to 700 B.C. The Bible proclaimed a 100 percent version of an estate tax when all property was returned to its original owner on the 50th (Jubilee Year) Leviticus 25:13. Unless you think trust fund people like Paris Hilton actually contribute to our society, there is no reason to abolish the estate tax. If your heirs cannot survive with a tax free $5.5 million head start, do you really want to give them more?
To the editor, It's the math. It has been well documented the city has stated the average residential usage is 6,000 gallons/month; and without the sales tax each account will pay ~$100 extra/year for six years and the water plant will be paid off. The problem: $600 extra times 16,000 meters equal only $9.6m. Hardly enough to pay off a $75m loan.
To the editor, Deja vu all over again. During the 2013-14 era, the school went on a non-voter-approved building and deficit spending binge. This crisis ended with many teachers actually losing take-home pay, the superintendent getting a three-year contract extension and $7,500 raise, with board member Doug Carpenter publicly praising him for his excellent efforts.
To the editor, Social media, shock jocks, and fake news are covering the proposed city sales tax increase with the enthusiasm of the great Tamara Merseli spiking a perfectly set ball for another winner at the Betty. While there are no cons to UND volleyball; there are two sides to the sales tax. Pros: Farmers get rain for free, they should help pay for our water. UND, Altru, Park District and many of the other ten largest users are tax exempt. It only makes sense we also subsidize
Taking mother's advice, I will start with saying something nice about the Herald's Aug. 24 editorial (" Judge's ruling the right thing on Arbor Park "). This piece brings the credibility of the editorial board to the level of two national media outlets: Breitbart News and MSNBC.
To the editor, Soon the City Council will be asking for a sales tax increase. This will be the fourth opportunity to ask the community their preference on a library location, midtown or downtown. This rejection of public input is 100 percent on city leadership. The library board has been more than patient as they strive to spend appropriately.
To the editor, Arbor Park has been a lightning rod for commentary. I have had obscenities screamed at me in public and numerous personal attacks on social media. That does not advance civil discourse. It is important to remember, when we wake up June 21, Grand Forks will still be a great place to live, work and play. A so-called information piece is a compilation of misinformation designed to scare you. Let's examine each claim one at a time. Claim: "Businesses closing ... tax revenue declining."
I have previously written that our community is becoming too divided. Sadly, the Herald seems intent on furthering the divide ("Herald extends offer to host Arbor Park debate," Page B2, May 6). In its announcement, the Herald wrote, "The lot was left vacant after the 1997 flood, and in the years since has become a green space with art displays." Since 2016, the Herald opined at least three time against Arbor Park, supporting the park's "demise" and efforts to "raze" it. Hardly the views of a neutral arbitrator.
Let's start where we can get 80 percent to 90 percent agreement. First, a 10-year, ½-percent sales tax to fund four or five specifically named road projects. Second, development for all of Grand Forks. Third, remember the wisdom of Kenny Rogers, "Know when to hold 'em, and know when to fold 'em." Think local. Barry Wilfahrt, president and CEO of The Chamber, has the toughest job in Grand Forks. While I give him a pass, the dues-paying members should ask the board some tough questions, such as: