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2/10/2013 6:01:00 AM
Editorial Column: Mount Tipton can needs another kick

Rich Thurlow

The annual Mount Tipton tango is under way. If these people and their children would just move to Kingman there would be NO PROBLEM. Besides, can you think of anything better for an active child than three hours a day spent on a cheese wagon?

I've got it figured out.

These annual budget "problems" for the Kingman Unified School District are really nothing of the sort. They are merely an attempt to facilitate more friendly discussion between the southern and northern parts of the district, with occasional participation from parents of Kingman Academy students strongly encouraged. You can read many of those friendly, uplifting suggestions at the kdminer.com website, all generated from Ahron Sherman's story in Thursday's Miner about the latest financial situation at KUSD.

It's a mess that can alternately lead to sympathy for school board members ("Man, I'm glad I'm not in your shoes") to second-guessing ("You had millions in bond money and didn't spend a dime on Palo Christi?") and, finally, anger ("Why are we going through this Mount Tipton thing again this year?").

It's almost like Congress and the president continuing to kick that can, as we've heard time and again, on any number of issues.

We know Social Security is headed for insolvency, but it's easier to demagogue the issue, especially when the other party proposes a solution. Kick the can. The same is true for Medicare and the debt.

Isn't that can about worn out by now?

Thing is, while we all know these problems in faraway Washington need to be dealt with, do we really know that busing Mount Tipton students in grades 7-12 to Kingman is necessary?

It was last year, until it wasn't.

There are a lot of wonderful things about living in a small, rural community. I've done it and to me the pluses always outweighed the minuses.

One of the minuses for small-town Mount Tipton students, lately, has been the annual debate/dilemma about keeping the doors open for the teenagers.

And, OK, I was kidding when I said you Dolan Springs folks need to move to Kingman. You knew that already.

My only stake in this is as a taxpayer. But what I want for the children of the district is what I'd want for my own - a school in the town you call home.

If the school board and KUSD administration can figure out a way to make it happen - even if we're just kicking the can down the road one more year - I reckon it's worth it.


One of the best - and worst - parts of this job is getting email forwards from people who believe the editor absolutely needs to know what is being forwarded.

The problem is finding the time to open the email, must less digest what's in it. I get caught up on email, then the weekend just blows all that peace of mind to smithereens. I come back to work and there are over 130 new messages needing my attention.

But there is one topic a lot of readers think the editor should know, and it's the almost unbelievable amount of ammunition the government is buying.

The most recent big purchase is 21.6 million rounds of ammunition the Department of Homeland Security intends to buy, in addition to the 1.6 billion bullets it bought over the previous 10 months.

Some will assure you that these purchases are routine, that agents need to practice to stay sharp. Others note that U.S. soldiers used 5.5 million rounds of ammunition a month during the height of active battle operations in Iraq. That means DHS has enough bullets to wage full scale war for about 30 years.

And this at a time when we're told mandatory defense cuts will limit how much shooting our soldiers and Marines can do on the range.

It doesn't seem to add up.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Sunday, February 17, 2013
Article comment by: A Good Reporter, Now Stop Laughing

"It doesn't seem to add up." A good reporter would investigate until he was able to clarify the issue.

Posted: Sunday, February 10, 2013
Article comment by: Gisela Potokar

Thank you for a good column today, especially alerting the people about the ammo purchases of Homeland Security. It seems this is not news put in newspapers or mentioned much on TV news...........and a lot of people do not have pc's.
Also, thank you for Josoeph Farah's column today. America needs a wake up call on what this Administration is up to at this time.
Some have found the "funding" for this private army in Obamacare.........hiden away, of course!
Remember, even before he was elected, Obama said, "We're only 5 days away from FUNDAMENTALLY TRANSFORMING America"..........unfortunately, only now some people are realizing what he really meant by that remark. He meant to "destroy" America as we know it.
God help us!

Posted: Sunday, February 10, 2013
Article comment by: Linda Athens

My Mother and her five siblings were raised in first, White Hills, then Chloride along with the three Jagerson children whose Mother had died so my Grandmother helped in their raising too.

When the oldest, my Mother, graduated 8th grade in Chloride, my family did all they could to take care of themselves. They shipped my Mother to Bremerton, WA to live with her Aunt and attend High School there. Then the next two, who were also girls.

This time my Grandmother uprooted herself and moved with them to care for them at her sister and brother in laws.

Grandpa was left in Chloride with the last three, all boys. He tried Bremerton one time, hated the big city and promptly beat a path back to Chloride with a sign on his old Model A, Arizona or bust.

Time for a permanent change so with half already HS age, they uprooted themselves again and moved into Kingman, obtaining a house on the corner of First and Beale across from the new HS on First and Oak. Very handy.

Grandpa left mining and butchering and started new careers in Kingman - one later being an under sheriff.

Would that we all had that pioneer spirit where we looked to ourselves first, government last to solve all our problems.

They taught kids under a tree on the Sandy. Probably not fighting about a budget to keep kids cool, they just went outside and used the "breezes".

Children back then were smart. They not only had life skills from their home life, often farming and ranching but they read good books, could spell well, had good penmanship, knew some history and geography. Most knew how to hunt and fish including the girls. They were personally responsible and they were respectful, not demanding.

Posted: Sunday, February 10, 2013
Article comment by: Anson's Nephew

“These annual budget 'problems' for the Kingman Unified School District are really nothing of the sort.”

Thus speaks Rich the economist and school funding specialist. Funny stuff.

“We know Social Security is headed for insolvency, …”

Pure hyperbole. Funding can be corrected by two things 1) Get the Republicans to back a jobs bill that would put people to work instead of rewarding low-lifes who send American jobs to COMMUNIST CHINA 2) Remove the earnings cap on FICA so that every dollar received (note I did NOT say earned) is taxed for FICA.

Posted: Sunday, February 10, 2013
Article comment by: The Fox Hound

Once again you see things the way you want to and not the way they are. You have no problem lumping congress and the President together and in saying that they want to kick the can down the road again. Only problem with that Rich is the American public just don't agree. That is why the reelected him and if the congressional districts were drawn fairly the Dems would have swept out the congress as well. . They give congress a 11 percent favorable rating and the President comes in at around 62 percent. The people are not as stupid as you think they are. What did you call it when Bush decided to fight two unwinable wars and pass a medicare program for seniors without paying for any of it. I guess you called that a necessity even though it was probably the biggest mistake in American history and the current President voted against those wars. Go see an eye doctor Rich you need one

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