The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


December 24, 2013

School relocation idea out of gas

   Through the past week, The Daily Item has published three opinion articles concerning the possible removal of the Lewisburg High School from the borough to the countryside by three members of the Lewisburg community, Brian Auman, Mike Molesevich and Neal Woodruff, thoughtful and well-informed citizens whose views must be valued.

   Today you print an article by Thomas Hylton, an expert on sustainable design for public schools. His very pointed remarks widen the invaluable thoughts of the preceding three.

   None of these four articles quite picks up some thought of mine expressed in a letter to the Item of Nov. 8, 2010, which noted that our knowledge of global warming makes clear the necessity of curtailing or eliminating the use of fossil fuels yet the Lewisburg school board implicity supports an increase of their use by means of a fleet of buses and student-driven cars in a period when there probably won’t be any gas.

   There are other reasons to object to this projected relocation for it would 1) move a vital part of the town to the outskirts, 2) build one more big box on farmland, 3) deprive many students of a chance to walk to school, 4) and, immorally, instill an idea in children that gas is good for you and that waiting for a bus and being cooped up like chickens is the way life should be.

Karl Patten,


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