Our world has changed so dramatically in the last 50 years that we old-timers (anyone over 70 qualifies) have reason to be concerned about both our physical well-being and the survival of our ever-changing culture; a concern voiced locally lately deals with emergencies created by either man-made or natural disasters. What hope for help does a resident of Montgomery County have if a tornado threatens or an ISIS strike occurs in the region?
When I was about 11 or so, my mom and dad made the decision to move out of my childhood home. It was an awesome house–two stories with an upstairs window that gave my brother Daniel and I access to the roof, something that every little boy needs.
My wife Joyce and I returned to Hillsboro in 1973. She was from Coffeen and I from Hillsboro, and we knew we wanted to raise and educate our children here. We wanted a rural community with a strong educational system like this area provided. CUSD #3 offered modern buildings, a professional staff, and a high school curriculum second to none in the state. That was 43 years ago. We love our communities and want to see them continue to prosper and grow.
I am writing this letter in support of the new high school. Here is a little background about myself: Hillsboro native, received a master's degree in speech language pathology, married another Hillsboro native who is an engineer, and now I'm back.
This is an letter written in response to the construction of a new high school in Hillsboro.
In the mid 1990s the American Farm Bureau Federation established a day for food similar to "Tax Freedom Day," which would honor the contributions of American farmers and ranchers. Like Tax Freedom Day, "Food Check-Out Day" is the day of the year that most Americans have earned enough income to pay for their groceries for the entire year. This usually comes around the third week in February.
Much is being made in today's print and media news of the moral and spiritual decline in America. Both Franklin Graham and Dr. David Jeremiah have embarked upon a year-long preaching and rally campaign to implore churches to return to our foundations in God's Word and in taking a stand for those Biblical principles. Illinois is included in this schedule of engagements.
I appreciated Mike Plunkett's article "A New High School…What's My Share?" in the Jan. 11 edition of The Journal-News. Based on the information provided, I estimate that my property taxes will be five percent higher for the next 25 years if the referendum results in new construction. How many of us expect a five percent pay increase this year? Next year? How are we going to furnish and equip the new school? It is only a building.