By Letter to the Editor on December 16, 2019.
School busing has become an issue in our community. Like others, I have been actively listening. What I am hearing is disturbing.
On one hand we have an official body, city council, elected by us, trying to offload an important responsibility to other official bodies, the school boards, also elected by us. I point out that these official bodies work for us and are paid by us. So the first directive to our hirelings is “stop fighting.”
The debate is the usual. Elected bodies fighting over costs and litigation.
What? Costs? Litigation? What about the kids? What about the parents?
The real question, on behalf of the children riding in the buses, is “Whose bus do we trust?”
As for me, I trust the City. The City is mandated to implement and operate a public transportation system with safety first and always in mind. They have been doing the school busing and I have yet to hear any serious and ongoing concern about how they are doing this job. Therefore, I implore the city council to not shirk this responsibility.
Neither party has any advantage on the cost argument. We taxpayers pay whoever buses our children. The argument over litigation is easily solved with a few strokes of a pen on documents already in existence.
Come on, City, buck up! If you have to offload, do so with something you don’t do well and offload it to the private sector. That way I only have to pay if I want the service.