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Coventry resident takes issue with school board member’s comment

2/21/2013 - South Side Leader
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By Letter to the Editor

To the editor:

I have attached part of the article in the Feb. 8-14, 2013, issue, “Coventry voters again reject bond issue,” so there is no mistaking the exact words used by [Coventry Local Schools] Board of Education member Tina Gable. “She apologized to the children because the voters ‘did not think they were worth it.’”

Yes, she should apologize, but with the real reason: “We did not pass the school levy and it wasn’t because we didn’t think they were worth it.” In a time when kids have a hard enough time with self-worth, why would she be allowed to make such a statement, shame on her, a statement that is so far from the truth.

We have lived in Coventry for 36 years and we have passed many levies. We have raised our sons here. And all those levies were for the kids you say we don’t think are worth it. Yes, just a few months back [a levy] was passed.

The truth is many in the Coventry area are living on fixed incomes, be it Social Security or other. We have a home built in 1932 and it is less than 1,000 square feet. It’s nothing special, but our taxes are almost $2,400 a year. And I also have a leaky pipe with a green bucket under it. I don’t have health insurance. I had to find another way, [and] even though we put back hundreds a month, we are still in the red (for medical).

Another thought: What about all those parents who didn’t vote. Maybe they are saying to their children, I am trying so hard to keep a roof over your head, food in your belly, clothes on your back, gas in the car and house and medical to care for your bumps and bruises. And by the way, all that is the same for the rest of us.

Wouldn’t it of been fairer to say, “The voters care, they just don’t have anymore to give?”

So please apologize to the students, tell them yes, you are worth it. This voter says so, but I’ve stretched my dollar so far I can’t tell which president is on it, so please make it the whole truth.

And thank you to the kids for being the good kids they say you are, and teachers too. But we need a different way to make it “good” all the way around. And I wish I knew what that was.

Linda McAvinew, Coventry

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