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New buses a waste of money

New buses

a waste of money

Once again, budgets for the schools have been cut back (The Union, Feb. 14). Sad, yet I wouldn’t give a dime to help make up the deficit. Why? Because we can find examples of that much waste without looking far. Pork barrel dollars are coming into the county that could well be used for

education. Witness:

On Feb. 4, The Union reported that six new buses for our Gold Country Stage are on order at a cost of $600,000. The new city-sized buses will replace old ones that run just fine.

Why are the new buses needed? Certainly not to save money. Already each $2 ride costs the county $15, so why spend more money on new buses? Because, as a county official explained in an article: “… If people don’t spend money, state transit funding declines …” Good call, county. Spend that money before it goes away, especially when our schools could make better use of it. OK, the new buses only account for a third of the school deficit. I’m guessing we wouldn’t have to look far to find the other two-thirds in funds wasted on pork projects.

I feel sorry for the teachers who will have to cut expenses when they lose their jobs, maybe to the point of having to ride the bus around town. At least the buses will be brand new.

Bruce Rayner

Nevada City

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