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Timothy Johnson November 2, 2013 at 06:29 am
I'm all for someone looking out for the kids but my guess from history said that they will over stepRead More what they are allowed and this will back fire
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Nathan Hofstadter September 10, 2013 at 05:26 am
I will vote for the candidates who do not continue to spread false information such as school taxesRead More went up last year. No, they have went down for the last three years, this info is available all over including the county assessor. Other factors such as residential commercial tax realignment may have caused tax bills to increase overall, but the Ankeny school tax RATE has decreased the last three years. That's a fact. Which I have pointed out to that candidate multiple times.
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Mac Gerhart September 10, 2013 at 10:50 pm
Well at least the incumbants were not the only ones to tell you once again how strong your opinionRead More is. Apparently I was right, the vast majority of this town does not care what your organization thinks. Take a hint, you have been given plenty!
Mac Gerhart September 11, 2013 at 05:34 am
First off, I would like to thank Justine Peebles for caring enough about this community to run forRead More the school board. She has some good ideas and put in a strong effort. And as I have already told her, I saw more campaigning by her than all three of the incumbents combined. I look forward to seeing what contributions she can make in this community in the years to come. Second, I would like to thank the city of Ankeny for once again telling the Ankeny Parent's Association what we think of them and their opinions!! The APA and friends backing of Ms. Peebles was the only flaw in her entire campaign and ultimately cost her the election. Personally, there was one incumbent in particular that I do not care for and didn't really want to vote back in but I know for sure he won't go running to the APA and friends and unethically leak information that they can twist/fabricate to help them in an upcoming election where "4" seats (Board Majority) will once again be available. Would Ms. Peebles have done this? I don't know, she says she wouldn't but the majority showed they didn't want to risk it. I pay taxes here just like everyone else and I agree they are high and shot up tremendously this year alone. We also have to understand that we live in one of the fastest growing cities in Iowa. We should all know because most of us are not originally from here. Sarah Ruba and friends would like you to believe that it is the current boards fault taxes are so high. Did the school board build all the bike paths that runners and walkers use? Did the school board add roads or widen existing roads so people could ride their bikes on them? European turnabouts are probably not cheap. How about the expansion of the police force so 2 patrol cars can pull you over at a time instead of just one? Or the new Police Headquarters.....maybe the storage building we call Fire Station #2? Actually, the school board controlled part of the taxes were the only thing that did go down. Ms. Ruba had to have an "Editor's note" at the end of her bash article to point this out! Point is, we have to spend money to grow so taxes will always be a problem. Stop fabricating information because your friends didn't get along with the people running for office. We have public school board meetings and city council meetings, we also have PTOs in every school. I would challenge everyone to get involved as much as we can, get the facts and hold accountable the people that need to be accountable. Let's continue to show this small group of friends even more how much they are not needed.
Sarah Hagarty Ruba September 11, 2013 at 03:42 pm
After every election there are inevitably people who try to interpret the results. The electionRead More results are the numbers of voters who voted for the candidates. Period. Anything else is speculation since there were no polls afterwards to ask people WHY they voted the way they did. For the record, historically, the APA has endorsed several candidates and ballot issues that were either elected or passed by a majority of the community. We have dozens of members, who are also involved in their PTOS, who have worked diligently to encourage several bond referendums as well as the Revenue Purpose Statement. The APA is everywhere, so your anger is again misplaced. "I pay taxes here just like everyone else and I agree they are high and shot up tremendously this year alone." "Actually, the school board controlled part of the taxes were the only thing that did go down." Mac has also stated he doesn't actually believe that our elected officials need to work together to keep taxes affordable. I don't think most taxpayers would agree with that view. One last comment on taxes which I stated already: the fact remains that our tax rate under the current board is HIGHER than when they took office. I hope they are successful in lowering our levy rates even more, however I doubt they will be able to do so if we need to have more bonds to pay for renovations that were already approved by voters yet funds were used for non-classroom needs. The anger I see here and on social media, where Mac has created a FB page for the sole purpose to keep slandering myself and the APA, is misplaced. We only have a single site, so do some research and stop slandering people and organizations. There ARE plenty of people who have the same views, or are you going to attack all of them as well for stating their opinions? If so, you and your camp have a long road ahead because there will always be groups of parents and residents who are concerned about education, making ends meet while still paying their tax bill, and the issues that impact their families.
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Mac Gerhart September 10, 2013 at 11:00 pm
Wow Sarah, this is bothering you so much that instead of answering questions all you can do isRead More wonder who I am! Funny how lies are easy when you use your real name too! You can write articles and create FB pages, even build an entire organization based on lies. The difference is your in it for the "look at me" factor and I could care less.
Mac Gerhart September 11, 2013 at 05:34 am
First off, I would like to thank Justine Peebles for caring enough about this community to run forRead More the school board. She has some good ideas and put in a strong effort. And as I have already told her, I saw more campaigning by her than all three of the incumbents combined. I look forward to seeing what contributions she can make in this community in the years to come. Second, I would like to thank the city of Ankeny for once again telling the Ankeny Parent's Association what we think of them and their opinions!! The APA and friends backing of Ms. Peebles was the only flaw in her entire campaign and ultimately cost her the election. Personally, there was one incumbent in particular that I do not care for and didn't really want to vote back in but I know for sure he won't go running to the APA and friends and unethically leak information that they can twist/fabricate to help them in an upcoming election where "4" seats (Board Majority) will once again be available. Would Ms. Peebles have done this? I don't know, she says she wouldn't but the majority showed they didn't want to risk it. I pay taxes here just like everyone else and I agree they are high and shot up tremendously this year alone. We also have to understand that we live in one of the fastest growing cities in Iowa. We should all know because most of us are not originally from here. Sarah Ruba and friends would like you to believe that it is the current boards fault taxes are so high. Did the school board build all the bike paths that runners and walkers use? Did the school board add roads or widen existing roads so people could ride their bikes on them? European turnabouts are probably not cheap. How about the expansion of the police force so 2 patrol cars can pull you over at a time instead of just one? Or the new Police Headquarters.....maybe the storage building we call Fire Station #2? Actually, the school board controlled part of the taxes were the only thing that did go down. Ms. Ruba had to have an "Editor's note" at the end of her bash article to point this out! Point is, we have to spend money to grow so taxes will always be a problem. Stop fabricating information because your friends didn't get along with the people running for office. We have public school board meetings and city council meetings, we also have PTOs in every school. I would challenge everyone to get involved as much as we can, get the facts and hold accountable the people that need to be accountable. Let's continue to show this small group of friends even more how much they are not needed.
Sarah Hagarty Ruba September 11, 2013 at 09:53 am
After every election there are inevitably people who try to interpret the results. The electionRead More results are the numbers of voters who voted for the candidates. Period. Anything else is speculation since there were no polls afterwards to ask people WHY they voted the way they did. For the record, historically, the APA has endorsed several candidates and ballot issues that were either elected or passed by a majority of the community. We have dozens of members, who are also involved in their PTOS, who have worked diligently to encourage several bond referendums as well as the Revenue Purpose Statement. The APA is everywhere, so your anger is again misplaced. "I pay taxes here just like everyone else and I agree they are high and shot up tremendously this year alone." "Actually, the school board controlled part of the taxes were the only thing that did go down." Mac has also stated he doesn't actually believe that our elected officials need to work together to keep taxes affordable. I don't think most taxpayers would agree with that view. One last comment on taxes which I stated already: the fact remains that our tax rate under the current board is HIGHER than when they took office. I hope they are successful in lowering our levy rates even more, however I doubt they will be able to do so if we need to have more bonds to pay for renovations that were already approved by voters yet funds were used for non-classroom needs. The anger I see here and on social media, where Mac has created a FB page for the sole purpose to keep slandering myself and the APA, is misplaced. We only have a single site, so do some research and stop slandering people and organizations. There ARE plenty of people who have the same views, or are you going to attack all of them as well for stating their opinions? If so, you and your camp have a long road ahead because there will always be groups of parents and resident who are concerned about education, making ends meet while still paying their tax bill, and the issues that impact their families.
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Mac Gerhart August 31, 2013 at 06:37 am
Chester, you comment on things you don't understand??? WOW! The very small portion of the taxesRead More that the school board can actually change did go down. Thanks to the wonderful city of Ankeny, everything else did go up. Contrary to popular belief, the school board controls very little. Start doing your research and I don't mean drinks with the Fab 4!
Ankeny Teacher August 31, 2013 at 10:05 am
The last board, which included Cahill, Shafer, and Tracy, voted for all the tax increases except forRead More one year. The year they didn't agree was when the state cut funding and they didn't offer an alternative except to gut educational programming. The bottom line is the new board just told the community that if the bond passed our taxes would go down. However, my tax bill from Polk County clearly shows an increase even though the bond isn't fully included. This is all on the new board. They either lied or are incapable. Which is it? Very disappointing!
Rick Langel August 31, 2013 at 11:14 am
The plan to reduce the school district portion of your property taxes was established and publishedRead More by the previous school board. This board is simply executing that plan. These incumbents also supported candidates during the last election who said that it wasn't possible to add more debt but reduce the tax rate (even though the plan was published already), and now that's what is being touted as one of their successes?
History teacher wins honor for creating outdoor classroom.
Kurt B. September 3, 2013 at 06:44 am
This is a good article and a well-deserving award. Now...... if only the City of Ankeny could learnRead More a lesson from this and let's put a stop to the non-stop growth in this town. We are losing all of our valuable farmland and land which has also been home to wildlife and other natural necessities. All in favor of more places to buy donuts, subs, etc. ( How many Subways does one town need, anyway ? )
Karen Norton September 3, 2013 at 08:17 am
Such a deserving teacher! Way to go Taylor!
Justine Peebles is the only challenger for three at-large seats. Incumbents: Pat Cahill, George Tracy and Todd Shafer are also running to be re-elected to their seats on Sept. 10. CREDIT: Provided.
Jeff Klinzman September 12, 2013 at 11:06 am
I can imagine the influence Langel would assert on the Ankeny School Board, given my personalRead More experience (he wrote the president of the college I work at to complain about my teaching "constitutional law"): he'd want to approve the curricula so that no "politics" he disapproved of would be taught.
Sarah Hagarty Ruba September 13, 2013 at 02:37 pm
Mac you are a bully who never learned how to treat people nicely even if you disagree with theirRead More views. Who is misquoting who or fabricating things? You must be fuming that your slanderous facebook page was removed for violating its harrassment rules. If you feel so strongly about these issues, you should write your own LTE. Oh wait, that means you have to sign your name. I don't think you understand social media, either, because you see things instanteously, and there is a share and/or like button when there is something you see that you would like others to see. That doesn't mean you are endorsing anything or know who put a page together if it doesn't list the owner. It's called sharing information, and it doesn't mean you always agree 100% either. One more time: I never said the tax levy hasn't been lowered the past three years. As I've stated, but you can't seem to get it through your thick head because you only use singular logic when debating complex issues, is that the tax reduction plan was put in place four years ago -- our former CFO put it together, by the urging of the former super and board majority, and it was outlined for the public at forums. However, the fact remains that everyone has to pay more due to rollback in valuations and yet the current board did not take the rollback into account (see Ankeny Teacher's original comment) and take the attitude that they lowered the levy all on their own. Pats on the back all around? Sorry, no. No, the board does not need to "police" anyone (misquote!) but they do need to work with all elected officials and be effective advocates for public education on different levels beyond just voting on items. That doesn't seem to happen now as I've said. The city/school committee from a few years ago was a joke and discussions broke down because our former super didn't just "do what he was told". This is a familiar scene on the current school board. Administrators and staff work in fear of our board right now. I'm curious why you are so supportive of this board. What have they done to "put kids first"?
Mac Gerhart September 13, 2013 at 11:46 pm
Fabricate, Fabricate Fabricate! Actually, unlike the APA page, I took it down myself because it wasRead More no longer needed. Maybe you could take a hint? Also, I am not 100% supportive of this board but if you hate them so much that your sole purpose is to point out everything you think they are doing wrong, I guess I would also be entitled to do the same thing to people I hate! I would ask what the APA has actually done for education in Ankeny but I have asked that a few times already with no real answer. I would say one thing for the current board....they can win a school board election right Sarah? The APA backing someone else is all the campaigning they had to do.
Cin An August 21, 2013 at 04:44 pm
GMO labeling is a ploy funded by organic and natural product marketers to sell more high-pricedRead More snake oil. Activists want labels to ban GE foods, not to create consumer choices. Labels that are science-based and convey actual ingredient, nutrition and health information are a critical consumer protection (not a right to know) that should be protected. Non-GMO or other process-based distinctions (like Kosher or organic) can be made through marketing claims with the costs born by those who chose those products, not foisted on the rest of us.
Scott Smith August 24, 2013 at 08:49 am
The prof, a paid industry mouthpiece courtesy of research funding provided by the Ag biotechRead More industry, is merely singing for his supper by rendering his opinion. Any and all claims of GMO food safety are false...in lieu of a publishing a single clinical human health feeding study that demonstrates GMO harmlessness. To date, after 17 years of Unlabeled GMOs-in-the-US-Food-supply, none has been published.
pink August 27, 2013 at 09:16 am
I sure's helll want to know what I'm feeding my children. YES, the food should be labeled.
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