Monday, December 18, 2017

SUBSCRIBE ONLINE - CLICK HERE!    
 
SPORTS HEADLINES

 See this weeks print edition  

for these stories:

  • Area Bowling Results
 

 

SPORTS GUIDE
...
 
SPORTS SITES
 

 
 

 

News Article
Return to Previous Page

Rights and Responsibility
2017-12-06

            Well we did it.  From ABC to NBC to KYW and many news reporters in between, the story of halting construction on the middle school was big news this week.  Heck, for more than six hours it was the "big story" on KYW news radio.

            Big recognition for what many feel is the wrong reason.

            While most in the audience at Monday night's meeting of the Upper Perkiomen School Board (with three newly elected members) seemed to be for the new middle school, what counted more was the number of voters who voted on November 7 for the candidates who promised to halt construction.

            Who is right and who is wrong could take months to determine.  The emotions are running high on both sides of the argument.  And, just like hard left Democrats and hard right Republicans the people in the middle who are looking for sound leadership and honest answers to this dilemma are becoming victims.

            You're either for or against, with no room for a sensible, logical solution to the potential of wasting millions of dollars on either side of the argument.  This side vilifies that side, that side vilifies this side, and everybody vilifies those in the middle.

            Sadly, how we got here has become a moot point at this time.  We're here and what are we going to do about it?  We can learn from the past but that won't be much help now.

            The project has been stopped.  Should it remain stopped and exactly what are the financial ramifications of that decision?  The people deserve that answer.  After all, that's what the candidates ran on.

            If required, how much will it cost to bring the construction site back to DEP and EPA compliance?

            Should the project proceed as is and what exactly is the status of UPSD's PlanCon application?  The Pennsylvania reimbursement program could provide $2 - $5 million towards the new construction.  Now that the new construction is halted, what will the effect on UPSD's application be?

            Exactly what are the alternatives to building the new middle school? Can it still be built at a reduced cost and how?  Will the alternatives solve the problems cited for the need of the new middle school?

            Each day that goes by while answers are being searched for could be increasing the cost exposure to taxpayers.  Searching and providing alternatives must be a priority.  If none can be offered then construction must start back up as soon as possible.

            Questions need answers, conclusions need sound study and judgement. 

            Oh yes, don't forget your decisions, and how you made them, should be presented to the people.

            Whatever the conclusion, they have the right to know and you have the responsibility to tell them.


 

 

 

 

SPORTS PREVIEW
...
 
JOIN THE BUSINESS DIRECTORY
Join our Business Directory today and get the introductory rate for a full year.
Click Here.

 

 
 
SITE MAP   ADVERTISE WITH US!   LOCATIONS SERVED
Home Editorial
News Photos
Sports Business Directory
Obituaries Classified Ads
Calendar Contact Us
  Advertise with the Town & Country... It's the weekly paper that people read, not just look at!  Click here to learn more or sign up.   Serving the municipalities of Bally, East Greenville, Green Lane, Hereford, Lower Salford, Marlborough, Milford, New Hanover, Pennsburg, Red Hill, Trumbauersville, Upper Hanover, Upper Salford
The Town & Country is now available at 64 locations throughout the region! Pick up your copy at any of the locations here, or better yet, have it delivered directly to your mailbox!  Click here to subscribe.



Local News for Local Readers since 1899.
© Copyright 2009 and Terms of Use
Site Design by Bergey Creative Group