In the Dec. 29 issue of the Star Journal a student at Rhinelander High School rips on Dr. Marlen Beilke for complaining about 23.9 percent increase in K-12 portion of the tax bill. No. 1 the young writer says the referendum allowed this with a landslide vote. Then why was the no vote of all the previous referendums not followed. No, the school district finally got it passed when many property owners were out of the area and flat out lied about the cost of this referendum. No. 2 what gave this student this right to complain considering he never has paid property taxes. I own land in two different school districts—Elcho and Rhinelander. Elcho tells the truth and actually attempts to keep property taxes under control. The other—Rhinelander continues to lie and just keeps spending and wasting taxpayer money. How do we control costs: No. 1 cut the pay of all district administrative staff pay by 23.9 percent so they start to understand the need to control costs. No. 2 Close the pool-we have lakes and the YMCA to swim at. No. 3 eliminate many if not all extra-curricular activities. I work for a company that’s employs well over 1000 people and many of us in hiring positions are appalled at how un-prepared many young people are to work in the real world. Between lack of basic communication and math skills to their belief of entitlement that comes from what is being taught at our schools.
Charles Bolte, Deerbrook