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Vox Pop- Aug. 23

Be thankful

You have got to be kidding. SSI recipients complaining that the taxpayer is not providing cheaper and more housing. It’s no wonder the taxpayer and the governments are broke. Baby-sit for your neighbor. Keep your neighborhood clean. Sacrifice. Get a job. Get other SSI roommates. Stop complaining and be helpful and be thankful.

What do I do?

I live within one mile of my son’s school which means he is not eligible for school transportation. I did not think this would be an issue considering I work at 6 a.m. and my son would board the bus at daycare, however because of my home address, my son is not eligible to ride the bus from daycare, but if I lived outside the one-mile radius it wouldn’t be an issue! So tell me, ISD 181, what do I do with my child while I work? Quit my job? Move?

Editor’s note: Willy Severson, director of schools, said that anyone living within the one-mile, no-bus zone is ineligible for any form of district transportation. However, he said, in an effort to accommodate parents, when the district went to this policy four years ago (due to the failed referendum) a morning drop-off care program was set up at Washington Educational Services Building. Operating through the Fun ‘n Friends program, parents may drop off children as early as 6:15 a.m. School staff would care for the children and then transport them to school close to the start time, he said. Severson said there’s a small fee for this program, but it has been well received. A similar program is offered after school where children are bussed to Washington and cared for until 6 p.m. Parents wanting to access this program may simply call Fun ‘n Friends at 454-6950 for more information.

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Becca Clemens
After graduating high school in 2004, I attended Central Lakes College in Staples, MN for 2 years where I got a diploma in Communication Art and Design. I then transfered up to Bemidji State University in, you guessed it, Bemidji, MN. In the spring of 2009, I graduated from BSU. Then in the fall of 2009 I got a job at Echo Publishing, a sister company to the Brainerd Dispatch.