Why let this golf course sit idle while they decide what to do? – Twin Cities

As the Ramsey County Commissioners continue to mull over options for redevelopment of The Ponds at Battle Creek for yet a third year, they’ve decided to shutter the property this summer while forgoing income of over $ 300,000. The course was closed prior to the end of the golf season last year.

No on-going business would let an asset sit idle while moving through a protracted decision-making process demanding so much attention and effort.

If contracts were signed and development was being mobilized, then it would be understandable to hold off on opening the golf course this summer. Short of that, not maintaining the course, ignoring the income and not allowing east side residents the ability to enjoy this beautiful golf course for another season just doesn’t seem logical.

Greg Sharpe, Woodbury

More windfall money?

It’s been reported that Minnesota’s budget surplus is approximately $ 9.25 billion. I won’t be surprised, due to high inflation, if even more sales taxes will have been collected, making this budget surplus higher than what was reported.

It’s been reported now that the Democrats want to spend $ 2 billion to $ 3 billion of this surplus on education. They have manufactured a justification of their proposal saying that there’s “racial inequity” and throwing money at the problem will solve the problem. Really?

Looking at our 2022 Ramsey County Property Tax Statement, approximately $ 1,400 or 38% of our tax bill is already going to the Saint Paul school district. I presume that the Saint Paul school board has already addressed “racial inequity” in their funding request of Ramsey County property taxpayers for 2022.

Why are the Democrats countermanding our elected school board officials? Implying that our local school board didn’t request enough through property taxation.

Therefore, the Democrats want to send our school board even more windfall money on top of what was already requested from Ramsey County property taxpayers. Is this a fiscally responsible action multiplied across 2,400+ schools in Minnesota? Do they all have racial inequity problems in education?

No decisions have been made yet about not taxing social security which is one of the reasons for the $ 9.25 billion surplus. Now the Democrats want to take more money away from seniors with this inane education proposal.

Minnesota taxpayers want their money back. Listen to your constituents. Make it happen.

Barry Siebert, St. Paul

Partner with all our communities

I appreciated the recent reporting of the Minnesota graduation rates in Josh Verges’ March 30 article. Citizens must be kept aware of our students’ progress toward achieving the number one goal in public school k-12 education.

Unfortunately, the goal of 100% will never consistently be reached until schools form partnerships with the community and solicit their help. I say “never” because educators (myself included) have been trying to achieve a 100% goal without success for decades and decades.

Yes, there have been slight gains, but they are not nearly adequate especially regarding students of color – not even close.

Despite the optimism of the Commissioner of Education, Dr. Mueller, which I applaud, she needs to include every city council, every board of county commissioners, and every chamber of commerce as partners and ask for their help.

Beltrami County has undertaken to do just that. We are confident that by making graduating from high school part of our culture and mindset, we can accomplish our county-wide goal of a 100% graduation rate. No other county in our state has such a goal.

Commissioner Mueller needs to request the same partnership with every county in the state. When this happens, and only when this happens, will a goal of 100% be achieved. And, guess what? It doesn’t cost a dime.

John R. Eggers, Bemidji

Less education?

l read in the Pioneer Press that stating that the St. Paul high school students had to earn 98 credits including 28 elective credits in order to graduate. Now, electives have been lowered to 20 credits.

The lower bar represents a 22 percent reduction in credits to earn a diploma. Failing grades were changed to passing grades in 2020.

What is going on in the St. Paul Public School system? I thought the object of a school was to educate not to pad graduation numbers. It is an insult to the taxpayers that we have to support a school system that now encourages and supports failure.

G. Mertz, St. Paul

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