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Page 4A - The MalakoffNews Com un Friday, September 23. 20I 1 -Letters to the Editor ............... What is Athens EDC doing? To the Editor Athens Economic Development was fimned in 1989. "['heir budget for 2012 is $2.197,922. What do they spend it on? Where are the jobs they are supposed to bring in here? They don't seem to af feet. the people around here. So many are out of work - tile churches and Food Pantry are overrun with people who need food just to surv'ive. The only thing that I can see rheA EDC has done is cre- ate more entities here to be paid tbr by the taxes, as theirs is. So what good is that to the community? ]'he only time this town has ever flourished was betbre we got the AEDC. The town got a whole lot of help from the Caius, and now they are spending the Murchison money. Whet: are they really going to do something tbr the average people? The AEDC has had 22 years being paid by the tax dol- lars'and what have they to show for that? For the past 10 years, City taxes have gone up every year. From all the information l have collected so far, whatever wants to come in. the Cit Awon't let them. l would like to know why. Sincerely, Edith Rounsavall Athens LETTERS TO TIt.E EDITOR POMC The Malakoff News encourages our readers to express their views and opinions in Letters to the Editor. For a better chance at publication, the letter should: - Be original and must be signed by the writer. Unsigned letters wilt not be considered tbr publi- cation. letters should contain a daytime phone number or mailing address tbr verification. Letters that are considered to be libelous, slanderous, con- taining defamatory remarks or in poor taste will not be published. Letters of a political nature will not be pubfished after early voting begins. Letters condemning or praising businesses will not be published. ISSN: 1050-8937 *.,Published weekly by Me- diaOne L.L.C.,,~815 East Royall Bird.. Suite 6. Malakoff. Texas 75148. [n Henderson County, sub- scription rates are $26 per year and $22 per year for senior citizens (65 years and older}, Texas out-of- county subscriptions are $30. and out-of-state sub- scriptions are $40. Entered as periodicals at Malakoff Texas 75148. POSTMASTER: Send ad, dress changes to: The Malakoff News. 815 East Royall Blvd., Suite 6. Malakoff. Texas 75148. Any erroneous reflectkm upon the character, standing or reputation of any person, firm or corporation which may appear m the columns of this newspaper will gladly be corrected upon being brought to the at- tention of the publisher. PUBLIC NOTICE Brief Explanatory Statements of Proposed Constitutional Amendments Special Election November 8, 201t Business Hours 8:30 a.m, to 1:30 pro. " Monday - Thursday 903-489-0531 * Fax: 903-489-2543 815 East Royall, Suite 6, Malakoff, TX 75148 Texas Press Association Member 2011 l: [,ssoctATIo.i Make The Cut and Keep Your Cash SO Down, O..,otFina ing & OPayments until April 2012" DEEN IMPLEMENT CO. 303 Corky Boyd Ave, (Hwy, 64) - Wills Point. TX 800-273-4183 iKubofa ................................................................. % A new Editor's Note: The fol- h)wing was written by SMU jbeshman Kvlie Bradley, ,~anddaughter Of Gene and Gavle Robinson of the Pinnaeht Club. For the past 20 years, ed- ucation has dominated United States' political de- bates, presidential plat- fames and prospective.leg- islation. Since the 1983 re- lease of President Reagan's '% Nation at Risk," the ever-increasing belief that American schools are fail- ing has triggered a series of retbrm aue pts thal still dictates to 'tay's politics. Through the fbrmation of standardized testing, end-all curriculum plans, No Child Left Behind and President Obama's Race to the Top program, teachers are given new hoops to jump through at the begin- ning of" each school year. Once put into practice these initiatives often prove disruptive: many schools do not ihave the time. space or the re- sources to can'y oul these directives and as a resulk they become counter-pro- ductive or abandoned alto- gether. One thing can be said of current education reform attempts: "ll:ere is a serious disconnect between the of- lice from which these de- crees are ssued and the ac- tual schools. The education field is Proposition Number 1 14) S JR 14 would amend the c~sti- ration to authorize the legislature m provide the sm'vi'dng spott~ of a 100 percent or totally disabled veteran with a. exemplJt~/)(gn ad valorem ta~atic~ of all or part o{"d~e market vNue of the surviv- ing spouse's residence homestead as long as the surviving spouse has no~ remarfie& the Nope~D" was tt~ residence homestead of the surviving SlX~U~ wlmn the q~alif'ying veregan died, and the proverty remains the residence homestead of tfe surviving spouse "I"l~e b~'oposed a~xtment would appea~ on the ballot as follows: "The eonstituth)naI amendment autll(niNng (lie legislature to provide t;cn ar~ exe:r~n(m from ad valorem taxation of ~dl or p;trl of the market value of tie reg~- deJace homestead of the sufvivhlg spou~ of a 100 percent or totally disabled veterau." Proposition Number 2 S JR 4 would a~rend the cat, stilt> finn lo authorize the 'Iexas Wat~ l)evelopment [.kx~rd to issae ad- aitional general oNigation Ix;n(L,~ art a eo~t.muiuN basis for one or more aeeounks of the "texas Water Develcgmem Ftmd II, with restdcficm that fl~e total amount of b~l@.~ ouNanding at any (llIl~ dt~s not exceed $6 billion The propo.~d amendment would aptxear on the ballot as tollr~xs: "The consfituti~N m~endment providing for the issuance of ad- ditional Nneral obligation bonds by the ~.l~xas Water Developmem Board in an arrtount not to exceed g6 billion at aW time outstand- ing,'" Proposition Number 3 50) S JR 50 would amend Re constitu- tion toauthofize the q~xas Higher Edaeatior~ Cc~.~dinating Bex~rd or its successo~ to issue and sell general obligation bonds on a eontimting basis for tl~ purpo,~ of financing educational loans R~ Guest Column Kylie Bradtey Guest Column rampant with studies and statistics, but what most anyone recalls from their hool days - ask 3 ourself- are their teachers. For me. it was Mrs. Williams clev- erly scribbling next m a food stain on a page of homework "food for thought?" or Mrs. Black- burn's equation illustra- tions that personified "x" and "y" as boyfriend and girlfriend fighting through division, as well ,as multi- plication. These moments are not accidents. They are an example of what makes up the school experience: relationships. In elemental,, students spend six or seven hours a day wkh one teacher, then spend a number of periods with these teachers later on in junior high and high school. It is comparable m being stuck with your faro- fly, and like family; some things work and some things do not. There is ,an tmifoma set of rules to ac- commodate everyone, everywhere, and attempts to make this so are a waste of time in developing wlmt really matters. Adults tbrget what school is like. Some think it is about learning thcts. and others, results. In reali- ty, our education is more carom uniu than schooling. Students are learning how to coexist in an environ- meat that. alter 13 years give or take, will become the real world. The most fascinating feature, since education is a relationship, is that almost anything can and does work. Because relation- ships are built upon the stu- dent's needs and the teacher's strengths, which are as varied as each human being, the methods ofteachh]g are in truth, in- :finite. Often. well-meaning advocates do not realize they are interfering; they mean to help. Then, they write dozens of particulars fbr teachers to follow, The result is that teachers end up compromising their teaching style, or in educa- tional terms. "teaching the test" while cutting down on ever) hing else. "lhe search tbr a magic teaching fornmla is im- practical. For example. when arguing the ideal class size, research sug- gests thai smaller classes equal better results. HOw- ever, it seems more el: fective for a "good" teacher to have a class of 50 than a "bad" teacher m have a class of 20. 16th centuD, "Father of Modem Educa- tion" John Amos Come- nius argued that the ideal student-teacher ratio was 300-1, and astoundingly had reseamh supporting his position as well. When it comes down to it. you can either choo to give teachers the independ- ence u) make learning mo- ments as frequent as possi- ble, or you can try to inter- vene in the classroom m the hope that you may pro- duce better results on paper, or whatever your obsession m,'g be. There is no fail-safe teaching model in existence, but there are more adult ways to handle your child's education. There is some under- standing to be given to the inclination to intertbre with your child's education. Leaving teachers on their own with your kids and their thtures can be fright- ening. It is the same feeling you experience when you trust a doctor to perfimn surgery or a lawyer to de- t~nd your position. How- ever, teachers are prof s- siomds too. are they not? h'ust the teacher and what works, works, Perhaps sometimes, teachers need to be remind- ed that they are indeed pro- fessionals, and should be- have mad perform accord- ingly. With this thought, l am always reminded o:fthe fictional Miss Nelson from the children's classic "Miss Nelson is Missing." Teach- ers slmuJd tmdersmn ,'tfifit See GUEST, Page 12A students, subject to cerium con- stitutional restrictions, it~eluding a restriction as to the maximum principal amotmt of Ixmds out- standing at any one time, The lYtoposed :~nendinent would appem on the ballot as lbllows: "The constitution}:d :urrendment providing for the issuance of gem e.ral oNigatioa bonds of the State of "l~xas ~o financz educational thans to students '" Proposition Number 4 (HJR 63) H JR 63 would ~.urwnd the consti- mdor~ to authorize the legislatme m t:ernt:t a county to is.sae bonds or notes to finance t~ develol> vlent or redevelc, pI'nenl of .an urgtmduetive, tm&rdeve/oped, or bligtated a~ea within the ccan- ty, and to pledge incmase.s fl~ ad valowm tax reveltues impmed on prolx'rty in the sea by the eourity l:(x" repayment of such boards or notes, Tile at/?endlllertt (l~s not provi~ independent ant.healey R,-,r i~creaNng ad valorem tax rates, The, l~'Ogosed amendment would appear on the ballot :-~ kflhN;s: '":ll~e constitutional arnendr~ent ae~th(NZJng the iegiNatu~e to ~l'l~t a COUnt3' tO issue bonds or not*::s [~ linan~e fhe dew:lop- rnent W ~ede.veloprnent of an an- prod.attire, underdevel%~ed, or bliNated awa a~?d to NedN for rel:eyment of the brm~ or notes inc~ea~s in ad valorent taxes m> po,~d by the county on property i:~ the area. Ti~e agiendlt~enl does nrn pro~.ide authority for inereas- nix ad wlloelll tax rates," ProposRion Numl~r 5 (S,m 26) SJR 26 would ameud, the con- st:tartan to attthofize the legisla~ lure to allow rides and counties to ettter into interloc~l cx)ntrac|s with other cities and counties without having to r~,'.:~SS an ad valorem tax and set aside a speci- fied anaount of funds fnr the pay- meat of costs under the inteflocal connacr., The proposed a:mendn~ent would a[~ea~ ~x:t ~ ballot as fol.k)ws: "The constitutional saa:en0ment authorizing the legislatum to al- low cities or counties t~ enter into inleflocal cnT]~racl~ wi ttl other cit- ies or a~unlies withrmt O~e impo- sition of a tax or the provision of a sinking Nnd" I .Proposition Number 6 (HJR 109) Proposition Number 8 (,SIR 16) SJR I6 would amend the canal- ration by requiring the legislature to provide lbr taxation of ()pen space kand devoted m water smw- ar4sbip purposes on tire basis of its productive capacS~y HJR 109 wouhi amend tl,e con- TI~' proposed amench~ettt would stilntio:1 to increase the amount appea at? tlx: ballot as tallows: of principal that :~ available for with&awai from the permanent sdh~l Nnd each yem" and wand also clari~: certain reierences m ~f~al tired in the col]stitntion. lncrea.~d access m the wind- pal of the sta~e public educatica~ ftu.~f fund would be ba~d upon H.IR 109 ~ra~tmg the author- ity to c~si@r altemNive ~ket calculaaons when determining the amount of l~ltldpN that is available %r distriNlitOU :o Itle awfdable s~x~l f~nd, H JR I(>? wotdd also provide autbodty m distribute to tl~ available sehooI Innd annual ~venue f:om ~hooI Nud land ~ other !xolx~rtaes up to $300 miltior~ per year. "['~r~ pr~)o~d amerg, ln~nt would apl~ar on the ballot as follows: ';i=1~" constituti~xlal mmend~r~ent Iadg;ing references m the per- manent school fired, allowing the General Laud ONce to distribt~te ~veutle from p~rg/a[len~ sch(v~l hrnd land or othe~ pr