Teachers are the special sauce that makes Troy Schools some of the strongest in Michigan, says one reader. (Ricardo Thomas / The Detroit News)
A woman is shot on the I-75 expressway by a so-called drive-by at 9 p.m. The shooter had a grudge to settle with the woman.
A policeman is called at 4 a.m. and told his car is being stolen, he finds the car being stripped and arrests one man as two others run away. They return in a car with others and take the thief away in a barrage of gun fire.
Typical evening in Dodge City (dodge the bullets if you can) of people sleeping under their beds to escape random bullets.
Paul A. Heller, Washington Township
No shark tanks, please
I applaud the opening of more small businesses in our vibrant community. But, I cannot condone Sabrage nightclub bringing animal cruelty to Royal Oak. Sabrage wants to confine sharks to a small tank and subject them to loud music and noisy crowds.
In the wild, sharks have the freedom to eat a varied diet of fish, crustaceans, krill, mammals, mollusks, etc. They roam far and wide to hunt and breed. In captivity, they are denied everything natural to them. I urge AFB Investments to make the compassionate decision to leave live animals out of its nightclubs.
William McMullin, Royal Oak
Invest in teachers
I plan to support the Troy Schools bond on Nov. 5. I feel that the slogan used by Troy Schools, “Preserving Excellence,” is well deserved. The curriculum is rigorous, demanding, and preparing students for life.
My issue with the bond is that it feels very one sided. Troy Schools are asking the community to invest in its future. However, I feel that while we the public are asked to make this investment, the Troy Schools are not making the same investment.
Computers, iPads, Smart Boards, textbooks, and tech books are tools for instruction. These tools are only useful in the hands of a professional. The teachers are the ones who make it all happen. They are the engines of Troy Schools. You can have a $50,000 luxury car that looks great on the outside, but without an engine, you are going nowhere.
The teachers of Troy make a difference every day. Our teachers are experts in their field. These professionals go above and beyond every day.
I challenge the school board to make the same investment in Troy Schools as they are asking of the public. Troy teachers deserve fair contract negotiations. Troy teachers deserve a fair contract.
The taxpayers of Troy should demand these things before they vote on Nov. 5.
I am willing to step up and support Troy Schools, but are they willing to step up and support the people that educate our children?
Darrin Millar, Troy