Letters to the editor – May 4, 2017

Sask. Education cuts

Leadership in our K-12 educational system should start from above, from the locally elected trustees and school division senior administrators. 

But often it does not.  

With all the cuts to education funding coming from our provincial governments, this certainly promises to be a time when strong leadership in education is needed at the local level.  

Many are rightly confident that although times are tough, the quality of education delivered to children in our schools will not be reduced, given the resourcefulness, dedication and professionalism of teachers.  The strongest leadership in our K-12 school system has always come from actual teachers in schools and classrooms. That’s why we call them — professionals. 

On the other hand, we can only hope that our elected trustees and their $200,000 plus per year board office administrators will be as dedicated and professional.  We can hope that they will have the fundamental ethics and courage to operate at a high level by making sure that any cutbacks will be borne by the economically powerful and politically influential — perhaps even themselves — and not borne by the marginalized and disadvantaged who have a greater stake in getting a good education.    

Robert Hall
Saskatoon, Sask.

Property protection

Since the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities convention in March, a certain resolution has been condemned by a number of directions.

As a rural ratepayer in Saskatchewan for about 50 years now, I still do not always agree with SARM. However, this particular SARM resolution I support 110 percent.

A number of years ago an illegal act was perpetrated on my property. I contacted two companies for price quotes for repairing the incident. Both representatives informed me that what had been done was illegal. One informed me that the action could net the offender(s) up to 10 years in prison. I was asked about informing the police. I did. This was the officer’s reply: “We are not interested.” This does not stop illegal acts; it promotes more illegal acts.

A second incident was done to my property. I passed up the police and went to a lawyer. It was not difficult to find the offender. The two of us could get no correction or satisfaction. I finally asked the lawyer to sue the offender. This was his reply, “yes we can sue. I have done the paper work for a number of clients and taken that to court. Everyone of them has been thrown out by the judge.”

Both incidents are illegal acts but they are not stopped, therefore the article “SARM delegates aim at wrong target” (April 13, WP, by Jan Slomp, National Farmers Union president), about common sense and a reliable justice system usually prevail leaves a lot to be desired. There appears to be very little common sense and illegal acts are not prosecuted.

The police and the courts’ actions are supposed to curtail illegal acts. Both entitles doing nothing results in promoting increasing illegal acts. Also, we ratepayers have property miles from a police station, not down the street.

Delwyn J.J. Jansen
Humboldt, Sask.

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