Letter to the Editor

Letters to the Editor on the millage vote for a new Eureka Springs high school

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

To the editor:

The politicians of our national parties have compromised the future by rescinding many of the financial controls enacted in the '30s. Now a local politician seems to desire to compound the problem by affecting the education of our future. His argument is apparently based on two premises:

1. The small enrollment at Eureka Springs High School.

2. If Eureka Springs desires a new high school, its citizens should pay for it.

Obviously the cure for No. 1 would be a consolidated Carroll County high school, condemning outlying students to long bus rides and making participation in extra curricular activities quite difficult.

No. 2 ignores the fact that students also come from all areas surrounding town. He also seems to have ignored the cost estimates to render the existing structure fit for occupancy.

I will grant that many students in the second and third world countries are becoming educated in facilities worse than ours and are challenging U.S. students for positions in many fields.

It is our responsibility to create an environment that encourages our students to value education and establish the foundation for a lifetime of learning.

John L. Dolce

Holiday Island

To the Editor:

The arts are the most certain way to engage children in a love of learning. As a long time artist in Eureka Springs, I want to share with you my intention to vote for the increased millage to support a new Eureka Springs high school. We currently have a much better than average high school in a sub-standard facility. I believe that the new facility will be a chance to bring the school culture much closer to the arts and offer a once in a lifetime opportunity to bring the arts to the center of the high school experience.

We learn things from the arts that can't be found on multiple-choice examinations. While most of the world is teaching to the test, the arts present the opportunity to do and learn so much more.

Jacob Bronowski said: "The discoveries of science, the works of art are explorations -- more, are explosions, of a hidden likeness. The discoverer or the artist presents in them two aspects of nature and fuses them into one. This is the act of creation, in which an original thought is born, and it is the same act in original science and original art."

And so, I urge my fellow artists to vote with me. And then to hold a vision for our future. A school can be as much laboratory/workshop/studio as lecture hall, and indeed must be if it is to be as effective as our children deserve. I sincerely hope we will all vote for the arts.

Doug Stowe

Eureka Springs

To the Editor:

We need a new high school in Eureka Springs. Please support the District's proposed millage increase on Feb. 9 to raise funds to construct the necessary and urgently needed new high school.

Those of us who are older and whose children have completed public school had an older generation ahead of us which provided for and supported our children's needs for schools. Now it's our turn.

Please examine some of the current conditions that exist in our high school which are unacceptable; asbestos floor tiles, a shifting foundation, windows that don't close, no insulation, holes in the roof, classrooms that are too small, just to list a few, and the school does not meet state and local mechanical codes, energy codes, electrical codes, structural codes and handicapped accessible codes.

Would you send your child or grandchild to a school with these negative conditions? I don't think so, nor would I. Let's build now for our current students and teachers and for the many students that will come along in the coming years. Our community will benefit greatly.

Richard Russell

Holiday Island