In Tom Eichlerís May 18 letter (ďFirst, reduce school costsĒ), he says we must first reduce school costs before he votes on another school levy. Well, where has he been for the past several years?

The Waterloo school system has cut its operating budget by more than $1.5 million to stay in the black. The transportation department reduction is over $250,000 alone. School bus routes were cut from three to one.

How would Eichler like to have his paycheck cut in half? Is he still running his household on a budget of 16 years ago? Well, the Waterloo district is. That was the last time it had any additional operating money.

I am sure Eichler has had increases to his paycheck in 16 years. Also, he should not be getting his facts from schoolchildren. He needs to go to the head of the school for information.

Does he know that when the value of schools starts to depreciate, the value of homes depreciates, too?

I would like to have my home and property retain their value so that when I decide to sell, I will be able to recoup my investment.

As a retiring Waterloo bus driver, I am proud of the Waterloo schools and the accomplishments they have achieved. We, as residents of this community, are responsible for giving our children as good an education as possible.

Someone had to pay for Eichlerís education, and it is his duty to give his children and grandchildren a good education, too.

Laura D. Crum

Atwater Township

Positive signs ?under Obama

Iíve noticed good and positive signs recently. The price of gas is coming down. Did President Obama have anything to do with it? Donít count him completely out.

The war in Iraq finally ended, and we will soon be pulling out of Afghanistan, which were both very costly and detrimental wars costing this country billions upon billions of dollars.

The doughnut hole that is part of the Medicare Part D prescription drug program will gradually disappear in coming years.

Obamacare, which is working, is similar to Mitt Romneyís plan in Massachusetts, but Romney argues against the presidentís plan.

Obama is totally against plants moving to China, but only has so much control over companies that make the move.

We must bring the work back to the U.S., where it should be.

We must not beat Social Security and Medicare to death. Without jobs and funding, you can only expect chaotic problems concerning these two vital social programs.

With proper changes, strict rules and regulations and an end to corruption, we will once again prosper as a nation.

Fred C. Pall

Norton

A tradition?and cornerstone

In a May 11 editorial (ďFully evolvedĒ), you complimented President Obama for supporting gay marriage. The writer said that it was the right thing to do.

Why canít couples in a committed same-sex relationship be content with merely living together peacefully rather than insisting on same-sex marriage?

The traditional family has been the cornerstone of civilization for hundreds of years.

Letís keep the Defense of Marriage Act in effect in this country.

Hanford Gunnerson

Akron