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Ritz should have opted for a few gallons of paint
Monday, March 18, 2013 11:00 AM
In the scheme of things, Indiana Superintendent of Schools Glenda Ritz's decision to extensively renovate her Statehouse office doesn't appear to be the stuff of scandal.
The renovations, designed by Ritz, who took office in January, cost taxpayers $86,000. (The money came from savings created by the previous administration.)
Not surprisingly, the move by Ritz, a Democrat, drew criticism from across the aisle, with state Sen. Dennis Kruse, R-Auburn, chairman of the education committee, saying, "I don't think it was necessary."
What concerns us about the renovations, badly needed or not, is the overall wisdom of such an expenditure at a time of challenging education budgets, with public schools being asked to do more with less.
Since taking office after her upset of Tony Bennett made her the lone Democratic officeholder in GOP-controlled legislative and executive branches, Ritz has worked to strike the right tone. While Republican lawmakers around her have wildly proposed bill after bill to usurp her power, she has remained calm, reasonable and in search of common ground.
Perhaps that's why her spending the equivalent of more than double the average starting salary for an Indiana teacher to spruce up her office is a surprising decision -- and a costly one at that.
This is a perfect example of why I left Indiana 50 years ago and have not looked back. These elected officals from bottom to top are so in to themselves they forget they are working for the people. She has no right to spend that kinda of money at her will and want.
Let her ride the school bus down some county roads on a hot dusty day or cross the bridgeless creeks when it is raining and nasty. Better yet...let her ride the rear bumper where she can get an eye full. Last time I was home, I could not believe there were still low water crossings and some even removed totally cutting off homes totally when it snows are there is ice. And you want new business? Good grief.
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