Policy jeopardizes students

Policy jeopardizes students

As of today, the late bus will follow a predetermined route and students will be dropped off only at specified drop-off points, left there to walk home, in some cases, miles. Our district covers more than 100 square miles, including the towns of Highland and Lumberland, along with parts of Tusten and Deerpark. Each route is 20 miles, leaving those students farthest from the school with no options.

On a clear day, 40 degrees or warmer, on roads with well-maintained shoulders, yes, perhaps a student could safely walk home. But let's be real! Many roads are rural, unpainted, with no shoulder and a 55 mph speed limit! What if it's raining? Snowing? Below zero? We are talking about late buses that leave the school at 4:10 p.m.

This comes on the heels of a new attendance policy that mandates that a student with an unexcused absence stay after school to make up work. Yes, require them to stay after school, then not provide adequate, safe transportation home? What are they thinking?

This policy puts our children at risk

Heather S. Worzel

&bold;Glen Spey

Warwick got it right

Chester's town and village taxes are set to rise by 28 percent and 9 percent, respectively, while Warwick's are going up a sustainable 4.4 percent and 2.7 percent.

Years ago, Chester's leaders chose the path of industrial parks, which led to the destruction of its community's meadowlands, flooding, traffic congestion, ugly warehouses and costly infrastructure. Warwick's taxpayers chose another path, preserving more than 2,400 acres of revenue-generating farmland and more than 10,000 acres of woodland, including lakes, meadows and vital waterways.

Consequently, Warwick's agriculture remains its major industry and draws tourist dollars, provides employment and preserves water and air resources and open space. Through matching funds from county, state, federal and private land trusts, only a comparatively modest sum came from our local taxpayers, and that will be paid off in only a few years.

Visionary municipal leadership and citizen activism must take much of the credit for this extraordinary achievement. It makes me wonder if industrial parks are indeed the magic bullet for local tax relief and sustainable development. One thing is certain: There is more than one path to preserving our quality of life and moderating the escalation in taxes.

&bold;Richard W. Hull


Democratic hypocrisy

Nothing exposes the hypocrisy of the leadership of the Democratic Party more than the contest between Sens. Clinton and Obama. How can it be that the party that has been the self-professed unilateral "champion" of blacks for the past 40 years has once again failed to rally behind a legitimate black candidate?

We saw the same thing here in New York, when the state party leadership failed to provide any meaningful support for H. Carl McCall. Instead, the white leadership (Dean, Carvel, Clinton) of the Democratic Party just cannot bring itself to fall foursquare behind Obama. But, in reality, why should we expect anything more from the party of slavery, separate but equal, Jim Crow and the housing projects, all of which were deemed "best" for the black man in their time by their white proponents?

Can it be that this party, in its own perverted form of the "white man's burden," just cannot accept the fact that a black is worthy of its nomination, but still must wait his turn, like a good and obedient child, until the white leadership finally determines that they are ready to bestow it on him?

&bold;John Wortmann

&bold;Port Jervis

Israelis victims, too

The daily pictures of Palestinians suffering and protesting because of border closings are meant to tear at our heartstrings.

This is a "no brainer": Stop bombing civilian populations in Israel and these measures wouldn't be necessary.

Make sure your readers get to see pictures of children in towns like Sderot as they run for cover during the daily attacks.

Rochelle Marshall