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Some schools ignore bus solutions

June 11, 2013

The OBSERVER’s editorial “Schools: Clarence plan worth watching” (May 30) is yet another reminder of the angst surrounding school budget votes — balancing tax increases with staffing and program......

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Jun-11-13 4:15 PM

Yep privitization. They low-ball the bid to get the foot into the door. And once the honeymoon is over, "unexpected" cost overruns magically appear. Later, sweetheart deals are negotiated in lieu of direct competition for bids. Once you eliminate your own buses, drivers, mechanics, you are now stuck between a rock and a hard place. That happened in Hawaii where bus transportation costs more than doubled in a 5 year period. Money taken from the class room and tax payer pockets. The pretend cost savings is just that - pretend.

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Jun-11-13 10:09 AM

Dcronig-once again you show your lack of knowledge by citing the hammers and toilet seats. The prices for those two items are not just for the items themselves. I suggest you do a bit more research into government let contracts and what those prices encompass.

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Jun-11-13 9:29 AM

When I hear of privatization -- strictly for-profit operations -- being the solution, I'm reminded of $1,200 toilet seats and $600 hammers billed to the US Govt by private enterprises.

I simply can't see that mentality being ethically and morally responsible for our children's safety. No amount of spin or positioning can dislodge that profit will come first.

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Jun-11-13 9:18 AM

I thought the "real issue" in the article was school buses...

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Jun-11-13 8:35 AM

My question is, why does Dunkirk need bus runs for their neighborhood grade school?

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Jun-11-13 8:21 AM

Mr Vallone is worshiping at one of the govts sacred cow, public education. the other is choice, but only for womens issues. The real isssue , missed again and again by our govt leaders is why we cannot get past abortions as the only choice for us non child bearing people. By that I mean vouchers for schools other than public. From the recent NSA scandal, made public by a GED employee, we see that private learning can and does trump all the public stuff. So Mr Valllone, i wish you would advocate choice rather than more of the same. You would still be busing kids. We all know libs love busing kids for social justice, integration. Now we need busing for choice . But children are the libs future so I am not holding my breath.

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