<b><I>Our readers speak . . .</b></I>
Concerned parent seeking answers
I learned recently that the district is eliminating the principal at Humboldt Elementary School (HES) and plans to have the current principal at Bradshaw Mountain Middle School (BMMS) provide us with part-time administrative duties.
As a concerned parent of two children at HES, I attended a school board meeting to voice my opposition to this flawed proposal. Three parents spoke in opposition to the plan as the board looked on in apparent indifference. After speaking, it became evident they had already decided.
In response to our pleas, Dr. Schmitt, Humboldt Unified School District superintendent, met with us privately to discuss our concerns, answer questions and exchange information. If I understand the situation correctly, the main reason behind this decision is financial. The small student population at both HES and BMMS increases administrative costs significantly compared to larger schools.
At our urging, Dr. Schmitt is coming to HES to explain the school board's decision and answer questions. I am grateful for his willingness to talk to the school community and I respect the fact that people must make tough decisions. On the other hand, I am discouraged by the initial lack of information and the board's decision-making process. These difficult decisions are easier to accept after an honest exchange of information and solicitation of public comment.
I want to go on record and thank all of those educational professionals who help mold our children. I want to thank the school staff, the teachers, the superintendent, the school board members, and especially the principals! I am the direct product of an elementary school principal with a lot of patience and understanding! Finally, thank you, Mrs. Rice, for your support, love and dedication! We will miss you!
Courier's emphasis suits reader to a 'T'
I just read two different letters from people who object to the morning Courier. They say the Courier looks pathetic lying beside the mammoth Arizona Republic, and hardness – the hardness of Republic news – being altogether preferable to the softness of Courier news.
These gentlemen need to know that size, and even "hardness" of news, are not everything to a reader. Most of us know that given only those criteria, the Republic would win any contest hands-down.
But many find enjoyment, even total satisfaction, exploring local news, personal interest articles, history, sales ads, employment opportunities, obituaries, real estate sales and rentals. Yes, we like to know what's going on at the local level, and we do celebrate the triumphs and share the sorrows of our friends and neighbors. It is real news.
It's a day in "Everybody's Home Town," and I defy you to find one word of it in the massively swollen Arizona Republic.
Rather than suggesting our local paper would provide more satisfaction as a teensy replica of the log-sized Republic, perhaps you should try appreciating it for what it is, a celebration of small-town life.
Possibly slower paced, small-town life was one of the attributes that attracted you to the Prescott area in the first place. Besides, anytime you desire 21st century instant gratification, you can access the latest updates of hard news quickly on the Internet.
Linda C. Green
Summit building could be 'milestone' structure
Mark Duncan's Jan. 12 column regarding the proposed Summit Financial Center said "…a milestone-like shift in downtown Prescott's appearance is in the balance."
I believe the charm of downtown Prescott is in its eclectic architecture. Walking downtown, one can see architectural influences from each decade starting in the late 1800s and early 1900s.
Wouldn't building the proposed Summit building be a "milestone-like shift in the downtown Prescott's appearance?" Recently they asked my wife to sign the ballot petition, but she didn't because she wasn't sure what the proposed Summit building would look like. She chose instead to rely on elected council members rather than the arm-waving petition circulator.
In our view, the City Council members are doing what we elected them to do and we shouldn't replace them with a ballot initiative form of government.
Frederick S. Kemp
Reader heralds new Bank One in Chino
What a big improvement Bank One has made in the community with a new bank. I now feel safe while using the ATM. No one can walk behind you. I feel like I am protected on all sides. Thanks, Bank One, for a nice addition to Chino Valley.
Robert L. Killion