Comments by Christopher Strout

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I do somewhat agree with your

I do somewhat agree with your comment. I also disagree with a few parts. Yes it would make property values and peoples wages go down. It would mean less money for education, roads, etc. But it would make the value of the American dollar increase. So even though everything costs less you wouldn't have to spend as much for your things; property, education, roads, etc. Therefor it might not be as bad as you think it would be. Its a matter of how you think. If you see it as you will not have as much money in your pockets, it would be bad. But if you think of how it would increase the value of the dollar compared to other countries currency, it might not be bad.
I do believe that this country needs to do something to create jobs in this country and to improve the economy. Shoe manufacturing is just one way to create jobs for Americans. We as a country need to get back to our roots and become dependent on ourselves, and not others.

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If you were to go to town

If you were to go to town meeting you would know how and what the town money goes towards. 51% of the money goes towards the school dept. That is one agency and it gets more than half of all tax money collected by the town. The other 49% go towards every other department the town has. The town probably has areas that they could cut, but they actually listen to what the citizens want. The school refuses to listen and spends on what they want with no consideration to what the citizens that they are suppost to be serving want or need.

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Have you ever walked into

Have you ever walked into DHS? That is proof enough...

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The only part of that whole

The only part of that whole comment that you made was suggesting making transportation cuts. That is one of many suggestions that I have made to the school committee which they ignore. It is absurd that you see three buses back to back with a total of three to five students on each bus, heading to the same location. What a waste of money. And so you don't complain and say it doesn't happen, I have seen it and I have talked to multiple other people that see it on a regular basis.
And I do not know which WalMart you could get a job at for the starting pay that the teachers in this rsu get. Maybe if you started at WalMart as the store manager maybe. I know that I work my full time job and two part time jobs and still do not come close to the starting pay for a teacher in the rsu. And I have student loans that I need to pay off as well. So trying to make a comment of us not paying them a fair wage is total crap.

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To start with some facts, The

To start with some facts, The town governments set the tax rate based on last years budget not on what is the current budget proposal, and Minot will have an increase, but its not due to legislation. It is due to the cost sharing that was made by the rsu when it was first formed. It has been unfair since the rsu was formed. Have the town with the least amount of students pay the largest share of the cost of education. The school administration and committee have not listened to the people. If they had they would have done their jobs and created a reasonable and fair budget. Yes they have cut about $500,000 from their initial budget request, which was over $1,000,000 to much for what they deserve. What the citizens of the three towns want is for the rsu to be held accountable for the money they spend. They want them to stop wasting money. I have seen several areas where the rsu could cut, without effecting education, to save thousands of dollars a year. When you try to bring these up to the school committee they refuse to listen and treat you like a second class citizen. I don't know how many times that I have brought ideas up to committee members and they have told me that my ideas don't count because I don't have children in the system. Its true, I don't. But why does that make my ideas on how to save money, without effecting the education of the students, any less important. Sometimes you need to get an outside oppinion to solve a problem. They don't see it that way. They want to spend, spend, spend... They don't care about the community they are suppost to be serving.

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That comment goes against the

That comment goes against the constitution of this country. The RSU is a government entity. They have to learn that they need to listen to the voice of the people. They do not listen. The townspeople are not the ones that need to compromise, its the RSU that needs to compromise. Their unwillingness to do that is what has caused this whole issue, not the townspeople. And it should not matter how much money we throw at this disfunctional system, the way it is run will never allow for a quality education.

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I find your comment calling

I find your comment calling everyone that is against this outragious budget proposal "prudes" extremely offensive. We are not "prudes" as you call it. We are citizens of the three towns that can see thru all of the lies that the rsu is throwing out there. When you look at the actual facts and look into where the money that the rsu is requesting is going to go you would also vote against this budget. Not one dime of the increases the rsu is asking for actually go towards the education of any of the students in the rsu. It goes towards giving more money to teachers who are already the highest paid in the area. It also goes towards increasing the pay of the superintendent. He is also curently the highest paid superintendent for a class C school system. Those are the biggest reasons why so many people are against this budget. If you want to call this a "no-brainer", and are planning on voting for this budget, I suggest that you request the information from the rsu and more importantly the state education dept.

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Tammy, I have also seen the

Tammy, I have also seen the numbers that the rsu has given as "correct" numbers. My question is why are there thousands of dollars in differences from those numbers to the bottom dollar value in all of their numbers. I have questioned those numbers time and time again and all I have been told are that the numbers are accurate. When you actually get the information from the state dept of education you get numbers that are alot different than what the rsu wants you to know. If the money the rsu wants were to go towards the education of the students that would be one thing but when it goes to line their pockets its unacceptable. That is why the budget has been voted down 3 times already, and will be voted down this time as well.

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I do have to admit that I had

I do have to admit that I had to reread the law before I responded to your comment. I can tell from rereading it that to someone that just looks at the law without really reading and understanding it will think that it is a "ton" more work and red tape. But if you were to actually read what is written you would understand that the amount of work is not that much. Most of what that section of the law states the exact procedure in order of how it has to be done. The whole process should take about 10 to 15 minutes to do. The way it is written goes thru the entire if this happens if that happens. It might be alittle more red tape, but it is the part of the law that I see preventing the voter fraud that could happen.

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I will start with increasing

I will start with increasing "red tape" as you refer to it as. This law holds the people accountable for themselves instead of the government being responsible financially for the peoples failure to plan ahead. As for your question of why I am for enlarging the government, I am not. I am for reducing government. This law makes it so government doesn't have have extra people around on election day which in fact reduces the size of government not increases it as you suggest. Now answer a question of mine. Why are you for more government and more government waste?