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‘Who is bullying? Who is out of touch?’

I am angered by mailings we have recently received in the Sergeant Bluff area. (We have a rural Sioux City address, but we live within the boundaries of the SB-L school district.)

I am tired of propaganda being provided that is based on misinterpreted facts and references. Most of all, I am highly disappointed in community members who refer to SB-L as “Sports Before Learning.” This is a derogatory term, and I would expect better from members of our own community. We do not have a National Blue Ribbon high school by putting sports before academics.

Opponents of our school bond are only in this debate to keep their taxes lower – taxes that have been reduced thanks to new industry in the area. It seems from their latest mailing that they will continue to skew facts and make outrageous claims. Proponents of the bond have been transparent and all were welcome to brainstorm and create a plan for new facilities at meetings over the past several months.

Whether those of us on the yes-yes side for Prop W & Prop P were participants in the process, or if we are active volunteers who are pouring their heart and soul into this, it’s clear that we are proud of our community and want to see our children succeed. I can’t say the same about the opponents of the bond.

So I ask you: Who is bullying? Who is out of touch? Those of you who initiated growth in this community should finish what you started. Don’t spend your money on flyers filled with false information.

Stephanie Heger,

Sioux City

Fire department deserves thanks

Hats off and a huge thank you to the Sioux City Fire Department for installing new smoke detectors in our elderly parents’ home. Our dad removes his hearing aids at night and sometimes does not even hear his alarm clock for 15 minutes (on the rare occasion he does use his alarm). These fine men installed a special smoke alarm that travels under his mattress for vibration to wake him up. Hopefully the test is the only time he will ever feel that.

And all at no charge.

Merry Christmas and God bless you.

LuAnn Arnett,

Sioux City

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