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Ottumwa Courier (Newspaper) - September 2, 2015, Ottumwa, Iowa Wednesday in Waco a Ottumwa courier established in 1848 213 e. Second St. Ottumwa a 52501 phone 684-4611 fax 684-7426 editorial Board Martin Cody publisher 641-684-4611 ext. 341 by direct dial 641-683-5372 Wanda Moeller editor 641-684-4611 ext 333 or direct dial 641-683-5365 Matt Milner 641-684-4611 ext. 348 ? % w/1 11 in i i m solution May be painful in 2014, the City Council said it would give the Beach a year before having to make some Tough decisions. That times about up and some decisions have to be made. There is no Way the City can continue to Haemorrhage Money at the rate it is with the Beach. Losing More than a Quarter million dollars per year cannot be sustained. There is no Silver Bullet. None of the options Are painless. The pattern is Clear. The biggest losses Are in the summer months but those Are also the months with the highest revenues. In 24 months covering the previous two fiscal years the Beach had one month where it did not lose Money july 2013. The biggest loss was this past june when the deficit was $44,083. So Here Are the options As we see them. A the Ity and school District could reconfigure the Deal that allows the District to use the Beach. Right now the District pays less than a months Utility Bills As part of an arrangement that allows the ohs swimming teams to use it. The City should not be asked to continue subsidizing the school districts athletic programs. A reconfigured Deal could have a couple forms. The District could pay an increased fee at a Flat rate. Or it could guarantee the City it would make Good losses to a certain Point. Regardless asking the City to subsidize another governmental body with tax authority is ridiculous. A the City could raise ticket prices. But its Worth Ren lumbering that More people turned out when the Beach lowered prices a few years ago. A hike might reduce the number of people who go to the facility dampening any gains a the nuclear option is that Ottumwa could shut Down the Beach during the Winter. Making the Beach a summer Only facility would not eliminate the losses it sustains but it would mean they take place at the time the facility is Best positioned to recoup them. A personnel was the largest single expense most months. We re not suggesting the Beach should Cut staff but there needs to be better oversight and management. A having the Beach available to residents is a Quality of life Issue. If an aquatics director could boost the City s revenues then it s Worth exploring. But we d be More comfortable if the City could come up with a solid financial plan outlining How that could be accomplished. We done to envy the decisions that have to be made Here. There Are no options that avoid hurting someone. Shutting Down the Beach in Winter would have a negative effect on students who would get caught in the Middle. Striking a Deal with the District could be difficult until a permanent superintendent is in place. But the City must be fiscally responsible. Ottumwa can no longer underwrite a program for another taxable entity. It i Trust find a solution. Letters to the editor i letters to the editor Are encouraged and Welcome. Only signed letters will be published. All letters will be verified. Please include a Telephone number for verification. We Reserve the right to edit letters for length and Content. Please limit your letters to 300 words. Individual letter writers May be limited to one publication per month. Mail your letters to letters to the editor 213 e. Second St. Ottumwa Iowa 52501 or email them to the Ottumwa courier Assn 0885-4209 uses 413-740 vol. 168 no. 175 the Ottumwa courier publishes tuesday saturday except for Christmas. The Ottumwa courier. 213 e. Second St., Ottumwa Iowa 52501-2902. Periodical postage paid at Ottumwa Iowa. Postmaster Send address changes to the Ottumwa courier. 213 e. Second St. Ottumwa. Iowa 52501-2902. Ottumwa office 641-684 4611 or 1-800-532-1504 fax 641-684-7326 # Page a5, sept. 2, 2015 Quot of f of Hov irs Kwh turn to ask. How Are you Oolite a amp copyright 2015 by Tho Ottumwa courier letters to the Educ i encourage consumption of healthy foods in school with the new school year just around the Corner parents attention is turning to school clothes supplies and lunches. Yes school lunches in past years us a had used our nation s schools As a dumping ground for surplus meat and Dairy commodities. Not surprisingly one third of children have become overweight or obese. Their Early dietary flaws become lifelong addictions raising their risk of diabetes heart disease and stroke. Gradually the tide is turning. New guidelines mandated by president Obama s healthy hunger free kids act require doubling the Servings of fruits and vegetables More whole grains less sodium and fat and no meat for breakfast. A Survey released last week shows the guidelines supported by 86 percent of americans. Sixty four percent of . School districts now offer vegetarian options. More than 120 schools including the entire school districts of Baltimore Boston Buffalo Detroit Houston Kansas City los Angeles Oakland Philadelphia and san Diego have implemented meatless monday. Some schools have dropped meat from their menu altogether. As parents we need to work with school cafeteria managers and our own children to encourage the availability and consumption of healthy Plant based school foods. Entering Quot vegetarian options in schools Quot provides lots of Good resources. John Abraham Ottumwa school Board election demands informed voters it is my pleasure to recommended Matthews for the Ottumwa school Board. De has three children a two graduates of Ottumwa High school and one attending ohs. He holds a . Degree. De is a pastor who has served for 20 years on several boards which has Given him ample experience in working in team Felting in facility management and in financial policy. He also served for six years on the education committees of two accredited private colleges. His wife is a highly credentialed and Well respected business teacher in another District. De knows that in a rapidly changing world our students Are not being taught the Basic knowledge and skills they need to succeed. To believes its time to get to the Root of the problem. He realistically concludes that the Ocsid while improving slightly cannot boast of impressive test scores. Far too Many of the districts students Are struggling academically and we Are lagging Well behind in comparison to the rest of the state. Additionally Many Are not aware that Iowa has adopted the 40th National percentile rank Standard the lowest student proficiency Standard in the Midwest. All this information is available on . De has seen that increasingly external forces drive local educational Content and have done Little to improve academic outcomes. He hears the concerns of teachers and parents who feel lower standards have left them with no voice about the Content that is taught in their children s schools. Many of these families feel forced to seek other educational alternatives and thereby hurting the District financially de wants to get these students Back and has a Long Range solution to improve All schools so that families will not he forced to seek other educational alternatives de believes that the citizens themselves should control the Public schools. He believes that our school Board should be kept in Possession of the Public rather than Central government professional educators and private corporations. Our schools Are at a Crossroads and our school Board is in a position to determine what direction we take. We can move Forward by focusing on getting students ready for College and the workplace. We can do right by our kids by placing de Matthews on the school Board. Helena Mcfarland Ottumwa analysis you think the Stock Market is crazy look at Oil prices commodity markets Are renowned for their booms and busts but the last four Days in the crude Oil Market have even experienced traders wide eyed. The Price of Oil plunged 8 percent on tuesday following a three Day ascent of 27 percent the biggest such jump in 25 years Quot it s wild Quot said Phil Flynn Energy analyst at the Price futures group. Quot buckle the Stock Market has been volatile too but nothing like Oil. The a amp a 500 has moved up or Down by 6 percent or More Only once since 2008. Oil has moved by at least 6 percent each of the last four trading Days. Big moves a mostly Down a have been a hallmark of the Oil Market Over the past year. Starting last summer Oil began to fall sliding from near $100 to under $45 in March. . Oil production was booming open nations kept Oil flowing and even rising demand was t enough to absorb the flood of Oil. Then Oil s moves became More sudden in the Spring and summer. Oil Rose 25 percent in april. It fell 21 percent in july. It sunk to a Low of $38.24 last monday the lowest Price since the Depths of the recession in 2009. The big decline in Price was easy to explain. Against a backdrop of rising global supplies came mounting evidence from around the world that demand for Oil would be far less than expected. The plummeting Stock markets in China and the government s decision to devalue its currency led to fears that economic growth there was slowing sharply. Japan the world s third largest Oil consumer revealed that its Economy contracted in the second Quarter. And economic growth in Europe appeared to be in peril As the greek debt crisis worsened. At the same time the . And Iran reached an agreement that could lift sanctions against the open nation paving the Way for More iranian Oil to return to the Market adding to already High supplies. But the Market was clearly uncomfortable with Oil under $40, traders say. And at any sign that perhaps Supply and demand weren t quite so out of whack they were ready to buy. China s Stock Market soared last week a possible signal that the worst was Over. On monday the . Energy department changed How it estimates Domestic Oil production and revised its numbers significantly lower. A bulletin from open suggested the Cartel might be ready to work with other nations to restrict production. Traders bought and bought. And bought leading to the nearly 30 percent jump in prices Over the Span of a few Days. Still some traders weren t impressed. Citibank s de Morse wrote on monday that the surge was a Quot false Start Quot brought on by trading technicalities a Quot Gross misrepresentation Quot of open s intentions and confusion about the Energy department s new methodologies he predicted Oil would head lower. That Call looked prescient tuesday when Oil plunged $3.79 a barrel or 7.7 percent to close at $45.41 As weak manufacturing data out of China raised concerns a again a about economic growth there. In other Energy trading a Brent crude a Benchmark for International Oil used by Many . Refineries fell $4.59 to close at $49.56. A wholesale gasoline fell 10.3 cents to close at $1,396 a gallon. That will help push retail gasoline prices lower in the coming weeks. The National average retail Price of gasoline has been sliding steadily since mid june and fell a Little More than a Penny tuesday to $2.46 a gallon according to aaa. A heating Oil fell 12.3 cents to close at $1,578 a gallon. A natural Gas Rose 1.3 cents to close at $2,702 per 1,000 cubic feet

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