'Special' student's mother asks for bond issue support
To the editor:
My name is Rachel Krosky. I have an amazing daughter named Alexis Krosky. She is a bright girl who loves to study. Alexis attends South Side Middle School in Columbiana. I could have chosen any school district. As a parent I want the best for my daughter. I chose Columbiana School District to educate my daughter because a great education is something no one can take away from her.
I want to give Alexis the best building blocks for a successful future. Columbiana School gives our kids an excellent education, and the staff of the Columbiana School district truly care about our kids. Alexis is a special girl who has cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair for mobility.
I am so very proud that my daughter is a Columbiana Clipper. Alexis is a cheerleader for Columbiana and she loves to cheer for her team and friends. The staff at Columbiana has provided programs to prevent kids like Alexis from being bullied. In reality, Alexis is treated like a princess from her peers. Our children have learned to be successful in all aspects of society. The school district has given Alexis and all of our children a wonderful education that will take them into the future of success.
I can't wait until Alexis graduates from the school that has given her the solid foundation to be successful in her career choice of life. Who knows what successful path Alexis will take, but what I do know is that Alexis has received the best education and the doors of opportunity are wide open. Alexis and our children will be successful in life due to the quality education that they have received from the Columbiana School District.
With all that being said, there is a crucial need for repairs to the South Side Middle School. Alexis has to go through an obstacle course to attend classes. There are large trash cans catching the leaking water from the ceiling from rain or inclement weather.
Not only are the halls crowded but the trash cans of water provide a horrible obstacle course to get to classes. Next, is the issue of poor ventilation. The school does not have proper ventilation and when one child is sick, all the other kids share the germs due to lack of proper ventilation.
The ventilation is a concern with so many life-threatening illnesses. Next, is the lack of central air. The school has a hard time of regulating the heat and the school is so hot that the kids are tired, and exhausted. Alexis comes home overheated, tired and exhausted from being educated in a hot environment.
Next, there are the wheelchair accessibility issues. Alexis has sores and scars on her elbows from trying to navigate into a tight hallway ramp that has rough walls. At one point I purchased elbow pads just so Alexis could get through the ramp to get to her classes.
The wheelchair accessibility ramp is dark, and dreary and very tight to drive a wheelchair through. The bathrooms are nasty with old stained sinks, and again no wheelchair accessibility. I truly hope that no more children have to go through this horrible environment just to get a quality education.
I truly hope this Columbiana School bond passes to give our children a better environment. Our children depend on us.
This election should matter to residents of Columbiana
To the editor:
Dear Columbiana residents:
There are a few times when an election really matters. This is one of those times where it does matter, but the ones it affects the most do not even get to vote.
I am not sure how many of you have been through South Side Middle School in the past eight years, but the school has deteriorated rapidly. You do not have to travel far before you encounter the problems of the building.
In the main hallway, just look up or down; you will see right away missing ceiling tiles from water damage, water stained ceiling tiles and bowed ceiling tiles.
If you look down, you will notice about four different color tiles that have replaced the original tiles for various reasons such as, water damage, asbestos being sealed, and flooring raised by numerous events and situations. The list goes on and on.
Besides replacing the roof that has caused much damage for years, the school also needs to replace the boilers, air handlers, and install air conditioning into this building. I cannot explain well enough how bad the seasonal changes are to all who work and go to school at South Side Middle School. The needed changes are many and overdue. These conditions are not conducive to learning. The extreme changes in temperature of the building resemble that of Alaska and the Sahara Desert.
The Building Excellence in Columbiana Committee has been in the district getting the word out. They have attended city council meetings, planned neighborhood meetings at various locations, and put together a DVD for the community to view with a lot of information from many Columbiana residents, showing support for this bond issue.
If you have not seen the video, call the school or visit the website:www.columbianabuildingexcellence.org.
Now, there is talk about past levies failing, misinformation, broken promises, etc. The past administration is just that: the past administration. The new administrators were not sitting in their seats at the time that other things have happened.
Don't punish middle school children for past issues. The time is here and now for this problem to be resolved by the great people of Columbiana at a minimal cost. There is no place like Columbiana to raise a child, have a family, or be involved in the many activities Columbiana has to offer.
Recently, when downtown got a facelift, everyone seemed to take great pride in it, and we were featured on the local news. The new look was very welcoming and attractive.
Look at Joshua Dixon's newly-renovated school. The environment for students to learn has improved immensely. Now, it is South Side Middle School's turn. The renovation is a need, not a want. These improvements need to be done, so help make it happen! Help pay it forward for our kids. No matter what our age, we had someone to pay it forward for us. It is our turn to step up and take this role.
Here's the breakdown per household as to what it will cost:
Per Valuation Per Month Per Year:
$50,000 $1.57 $18.83
$100,000 $3.14 $37.66
$150,000 $4.71 $56.49
$200,000 $6.28 $75.32
$250,000 $7.85 $94.15
$300,000 $9.42 $112.98
Humane Society says thanks to CCCTC class
To the editor:
The Humane Society of Columbiana County would like to acknowledge and thank the construction department of Columbiana County Career and Technical Center for its kindness and compassion.
The class put many long hours in the building of three very sturdy, well insulated dog houses for dogs without adequate shelter.
Chance Bricker, in charge of the class, said the group researched the project, sketched out the plans and then gathered the materials. The end result will make three animals very protected and pampered.
Thank you to Bill Shasteen for picking up and delivering the dog houses to the shelter. Also, thank you to the two good Samaritans who came over from Circle K to help unload them. There are indeed a lot of wonderful people in this community and many who are willing to help when needed. Again thank you all.
President Obama and the myth of equal protection
To the editor:
Lady Justice is an allegorical statue that can be found adorning many courthouses throughout the country. She wears a blindfold representing the hypothesis that the law is applied equally, to everyone, regardless of who they are. The Fourteenth Amendment guarantees " nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws." Barack Obama, with his Harvard law degree, was obviously playing hooky from his constitutional law class the day they discussed this concept.
After the horrendous bombing in Boston , Obama said. "We will find whoever harmed our citizens and we will bring them to justice." Really?
According to the San Francisco Chronicle, leaders of San Francisco's police officers union have accused Weather Underground co-founder Bill Ayers and his wife, Bernardine Dohrn, of taking part in the 1970 bombing of a city police station.
On February 16, 1970, a pipe bomb packed with inch-long industrial fence staples, detonated on the ledge of a window at the Golden Gate Park station. Brian V. McDonnell, a police sergeant, was fatally wounded in the blast.
The Chronicle reported, "Investigators in the early '70s said the bombing likely was the work of the left-wing radical group, the Weather Underground." In sworn testimony, former FBI informant Larry Grathwohl had implicated Ayers and Dohrn in the planning of the bombing. Grathwohl had testified under oath that Ayers had told him Dohrn planted the bomb. Bill Ayers had even gone so far as to tell Grathwohl that the bomb at the 13th precinct should be placed on a window ledge during the shift change to inflict maximum casualties.
Other former FBI agents have revealed that two credible eyewitnesses, both former Weathermen, gave detailed statements to investigators alleging that Dohrn and Howard Machtinger, another member of the group, were personally involved in the deadly attack. The witnesses claimed to have participated in meetings with Dohrn and Machtinger where the bombing was planned.
For whatever reason the San Francisco District Attorney was unwilling to grant key witnesses immunity in exchange for their testimony and the case went unresolved.
Ayers and Dohrn were also indicted in 1970 after a bomb blast killed three Weather Underground members in a New York City townhouse. Charges were later dropped because of a botched investigation.
In 1995, Ayers and Dohrn hosted a gathering at their home where Alice Palmer introduced Barack Obama as her chosen successor in the Illinois State Senate. Obama and Ayers served together on the board of the Woods Fund of Chicago for three years. According to Laura S. Washington, chairwoman of the Woods Fund, the small board met four times a year for a half-day, mostly to approve grants.
Recent revelations have pointed to the fact that Bill Ayers was the ghost writer for Obama's Book, "Dreams From My Father." Christopher Andersen in his book, "Barack and Michelle: Portrait of an American Marriage", found evidence that oral histories and a truckload of notes were given to Ayers to complete the book before Obama had to renege on a $150,000 Simon & Schuster contract. A Hype Park neighbor stated, "Everyone knew they were friends and that they worked on various projects together. It was no secret. Why would it be?"
Unless the law has changed, there is no statute of limitations for murder. If finding the perpetrators of this recent bombing was important enough for Obama to fly to Boston for a photo op, shouldn't the justice department dedicate some resources to investigate this cop killing as it seems there are plenty of leads to follow? Wouldn't Obama want to clear his friends of any suspicion? Do you think Obama would be so oblivious if it were the Tea Party implicated in this act?
Perhaps due to Sequester budget cuts, the Obama administration can no longer afford a blindfold for Lady Justice?
An open letter from a father to his sons
To the editor:
To my boys ...
I've been thinking a lot the past few months about how quickly you're growing up. Sure, you still have so far to go and grow, but I see you changing, pushing, maturing, becoming independent, making good decisions (as well as some terrible ones) and trying to figure out who you really are and how you fit in.
I love you so much and want to protect you so badly. I want to shelter you from this oh-so-harsh existence. Yes, it can be a cruel world - a world full of bullies with inferiority complexes; egotistical coaches who doubt; girls who will break your heart; and certain and serious consequences that accompany alcohol and drug use.
But I can't do it. I cannot protect you from these things. I cannot shelter you from life. From the bullies, from the coaches, from the girls, and from the pressure you will feel from others to use alcohol and drugs. Your experiences, especially those of the painful variety, will shape you as much as my own actions and words will shape you. You need it all. That's just the way it works. It's a plan designed by someone much greater than all of us. Everything -and I place great emphasis on everything - shapes you into the person you are meant to become.
Those painful things that shape you often also require action on your part. That's where the growth really kicks in. That's how you build spiritual muscle. It's how you mold character. The rewards await.
When you see someone bullying, do what you can to stop it.
Is it fine for a coach's doubt to break you just because it hurts? No! You work harder, and you prove him wrong because you are good enough. You are better than enough.
Should you not date for fear of a painful break-up? Don't be silly. Reach out and offer love with all the passion you can muster, because the right love will reach back when it's time.
And for God's sake when you get pressured about alcohol and drugs, use the moment to find courage in your soul. As I noted above, think of the certain and serious consequences. I felt those pressures. I know the difficulties associated with saying yes and with saying no. Trust me on this one. Walk away. It's a softer path. You won't be alone. Someone will follow. They won't all follow, but someone will.
Throughout life you have to stand up, show up, face every situation head-on, pray for strength and acceptance, take action when necessary, and walk through it. Process it. Feel it. Really feel it. Even when it hurts. Especially when it hurts. Go through it all. Grow through it all.
And guess what? I will be with you the entire way. No, I can't protect you from everything. But, know that I will hold your hand. I will feel your heart. I will keep you as close as you will let me. I will offer my experience. And when you don't need that, I will simply offer my strength, and I will listen.
In most things that I write I seem to find my way back to my Gram. As I've told you many times she was always there for me when I needed her. Always! Gram used to keep a broom on a hook outside near the back door of her house. Behind the broom was another small hook, on which she kept the key to the back door of the house. I recall many times going to Gram's house late at night, many times unexpected and just needing someone. I always found that key, and inside I always found Gram. My safe haven.
I don't have a key hidden behind a broom hanging on our house. But the door will always be open. I will never let you down. My hand will always be warm. My heart will always be in tune with yours. And my love will never waver. Go. And grow!
Editor's note:?Todd McCollough is a former area resident who began his professional career as a reporter for the Salem News. His responsibilities included coverage of the city of Salem. He is currently the director of marketing and communications, health plans, for Centene Corporation in Columbus and the father of three sons.