REFERENDUM IN DERBY

     'Sales pitch' shouldn't change any minds 
 
          Letter to the Editor June 10, 2001

A few questions about the one-sided sales pitch that was mailed to Derby residents regarding the proposed Derby High School.
The mailing says it was produced "on behalf of the city," which means that it was or will be paid for by Derby residents who just last year voted not to build the school.

It also states that someone with a $200,000 home will pay no more than $163 each and every year. This was listed under "Projected Tax Impact." Costs go up every year; this will too.

How and why would any committee spend taxpayer money proposing an already voted down project, on a site that has not even been environmentally tested? And how convenient that they left off the map the Derby dump, which is adjacent to the proposed school.

Finally, with all these new fields that are proposed with the school, all they say they did was "lessen the need to develop Witek Park"!

Only in Derby.

Mike Colburn 

©New Haven Register 2001

     Don't accept current high school as 'good enough'
           Letter to the Editor June 10, 2001

Derby residents are lucky. We have many city departments whose fine work is praiseworthy. For example, our Public Works Department is prompt, efficient, and thorough at keeping the streets safe and clear after a storm. The members of our Fire Department risk their lives to ensure our well being.
What if we weren't so lucky? What if navigating our streets after a snowstorm was hazardous? Would we accept that? Would we say that it's the effort that counts and that's good enough? What if the Fire Department couldn't extinguish a fire in your house because their hose wasn't long enough? Would saving half of your home be good enough?

I don't think so.

Why are so many Derby residents willing to accept the current high school as good enough? It's overcrowded and can't provide the quality of education that we should demand for our children.

Education has changed drastically in the last 20 years. Students who graduate now must have a strong background in technology or they will be ill-suited for a job.

Schools are obligated to provide the necessary skills. If the high school building cannot adapt to this change because the needed infrastructure can't be established, and we don't attempt to rectify this situation, then we are neglecting our children and performing a disservice to them.

Every voter in Derby should be headed to the polls Tuesday to vote yes for a new high school. The inadequacies of the current building and our failure to provide the best for our children are not good enough.

Mary Rogers
Derby