The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

February 16, 2014

Protect the working class

For The Daily Item

— Years ago Lewisburg attempted to build a new high school on the Dock View Dairy farm. A long battle to fight the land preservation ended with the farm community winning.

 The real head-scratcher with that whole series of events is that had the school been built it would have been in the Mifflinburg School District! The projected plan for Newman road at least makes some semblance of sense.

During the time the Dock Farm was being considered, a wife of a prominent person in Lewisburg was quoted at a meeting as saying, “if you don’t make at least $50,000 a year you shouldn’t live in the Lewisburg school district.”

Sure hope those that are involved with the decision on the new school realize there are many that reside in the district that still aren’t in that area code for wages. Good, hard-working folks that struggle to stay ahead of the bills live there. Several references have been made in the paper about the wonderful campus of schools that Mifflinburg has and I hope that the “keeping up with the Jones’” thing isn’t coming into play.

When looking for our new home two years ago we quickly saw the difference between the two Union County school districts. Comparable homes in the Mifflinburg district had property taxes nearly $ 1,000 lower.

I have only been in the Lewisburg High School two times so in no way am I a person to make any comments. Just hope that those folks involved in this important issue take the path that will not financially burden the working class in the Lewisburg area, anymore than we already are.

Doug Walter,