Rooting for Woodridge

Ten thousand dollars is a fair estimate of the amount a Woodridge school district property could lose in value within several years if the district continues failing to pass operating fund levies.

As a Realtor and teacher, I have become conscious of the inseparable connection between quality schools and real estate value. One example of the connection is the Little Miami school district. In 2005, Little Miami began failing to pass operating fund levies. According to the Liz Spear Team of RE/MAX Elite, by 2008, the average Little Miami home value had dropped from $185,000 to $171,000, a $14,000, or 7.5 percent, decrease.

According to the MLS listing, Woodridge’s average home sale price for the past five years is $191,645. Ten thousand dollars is 5.2 percent of the Woodridge average home sale.

According to 49-year real estate veteran Jim West, “Based on historic housing market trends, if Woodridge doesn’t pass this levy, we can expect a loss of home value.”

Well-funded and quality schools are so tied to the housing market because most buyers, not just ones with children, seek homes in quality, well-funded school districts. According to Realtor.com’s Sam DeBord’s article “How much do school districts affect real estate prices?,” “half of the home-buying population is willing to pay more than their intended budget to get into the right school district, and more than half would give up other amenities. … Good schools provide stability for a community, and that’s good for the property values of everyone who lives nearby.”

Voting “yes” for the Woodridge district’s November levy isn’t just critical for the schools and the community’s children, it is critical for the future of many residents’ most prized investment, their home.

Beau Schluep, Cuyahoga Falls

 

Better in safe homes

In response to the Sept. 26 letter “Unkind eviction notice,” as a longtime registered nurse in community health, I urge readers to educate themselves. Homelessness is a very complicated matter and the creation of the “tent city” did nothing but complicate and exasperate the situation.

The research does not support a large group of homeless people living together in this type of environment, as it does nothing but promote crime, unwanted pregnancies, hepatitis C and other communicable diseases. There are definitely adequate housing options for this group. The community outreach programs in our area have reported they have the resources to house all those living in the tents.

We are fortunate to live in a community rich in resources. Unfortunately, the tent city has jeopardized these efforts. I am thinking of several cases in which people were placed in apartments but chose to return to the tent city where there is media coverage, sensationalizing homelessness. So, no, I do not think Akron City Council members are “astoundingly stupid,” but rather I believe it to be a smart move to secure housing for this group.

Susan Hagey, Akron

 

Anthem celebrates survival

In response to the letter lamenting the lyrics to ''The Star-Spangled Banner,'' it’s time for a history lesson (‘‘Anthem is the bomb,’’ Sept. 18).

The song was written by Francis Scott Key, who witnessed the shelling of Fort McHenry in Maryland during the War of 1812 by the British. Why did this war start? It was a scant 30 years after the end of the Revolutionary War and the British had never really accepted our independence.

The British, who were fighting Napoleon in Europe, wanted to prevent American merchant ships from doing any business with Europe. In addition, they seized American merchant ships and kidnapped (impressed) sailors to serve in the British navy against their will, claiming that the sailors were actually British citizens.

Key’s song is not a glorification of war. It is a celebration that, despite a savage attack against our shores, the flag still flew; America still survived. This is an anthem celebrating survival, not a glorification of war.

Judith Campbell, Tallmadge