by Linda Kiernan
Loveland City Schools,
I respectfully ask you to withdraw the levy from the upcoming ballot.
In light of the current Covid-19 pandemic, many families in our community are, and may suffer, devastating financial consequences: jobs furloughed, businesses closed, some possibly forever, retirement income severely decimated, and a very uncertain economic future.
Right now we are frightened, stressed, exhausted from the current pandemic, and exhausted from the constant dissent over this levy that has been going on for months. Families are struggling to cope with working from home while home-schooling their children or not working at all, paying bills, putting food on the table, and a myriad of other things.
It is unconscionable for you to move forward with this levy.
And you ask for more money in a community already overburdened with very high taxes.
There are those lucky ones who have the income to fall back on, who will weather this storm, and will press you to move forward. Maybe they want an elitist school system, all the bells and whistles. Personally, I have always appreciated the diversity here, the small-town flavor, and hope we can hang on to it, regain the cohesiveness we once had.
These are unprecedented times, extraordinary times that demand extraordinary leadership. Our community has supported you for decades, dug deep to give you what you’ve asked. We all have to conserve, cut back, and live within our means. It’s time for you to do the same. There are many other areas to cut back other than bussing. You may just have to look harder to find them. I can think of several off the top of my head.
It is unconscionable for you to move forward with this levy. Do the right thing. Be the leaders we need and want. Do it for this wonderful community.
Linda Kiernan – Miami Township