College would welcome outspoken GW student
As a George Washington and Wellesley College graduate, I have been following the reports regarding Pam Stenzel's lecture at GW with interest and concern. I find it alarming that George Washington, a school highly regarded for its academic excellence, would find it appropriate to sponsor a speaker who disseminates misleading and potentially harmful information to students during school hours. What a disservice by GW! The students deserve better than to be "slut-shamed" by a woman with questionable credentials and dubious facts.
In light of Principal George Aulenbacher's behavior toward student Katelyn Campbell, the reports have also caught the attention of the Wellesley alumnae community. Principal Aulenbacher will be disappointed to learn that he has completely misjudged Wellesley College. Wellesley welcomes fearless, outspoken, brilliant women who stand their ground. I cannot speak for the college itself, but I know many alumnae enthusiastically support Katelyn Campbell and would be excited to welcome her to the Wellesley Community.
Sarah H. Lee
George Washington High School Class of 2000
Wellesley College Class of 2004
Property taxes reach into our pockets
In reference to your article "Kanawha property taxes continue to rise," I recently took my grandson to the last recreational facility in eastern Kanawha County, Campbell's Creek Skate Land. One of the owners struck up a conversation with me about the future of the facility. She said, "I don't know how much longer we can keep funding this. Our taxes went up 225 percent. I believe it has something to do with the state Legislature's 1990 Property Reappraisal Act." She was correct. The Kanawha County Commission thought the Legislature meant the sky was the limit. There is only one court that has the authorization to set county policy. Our county property tax problem does not reside with the Assessor's Office. It begins with the Kanawha County Commission.
I contacted the 36th district representative Nancy Guthrie to let her know that she had a large number of constituents who were very angry in the Campbell's Creek area about the possibility of losing their only recreational facility. She promptly responded with a possible answer to her constituents' problem. Let us hope the outcome is favorable.
More proof of setting county policy is the 2013 session of the Legislature where the Kanawha County Commission, Mayor Jones and the Municipal League have lobbied the Legislature and been granted an extension to the Home Rule policy they have been experimenting with. Home Rule is a second cousin to the failed metro-government policy they tried to sell under the auspice of less bureaucracy, less regulations and lower taxes, when in fact, it is just the opposite. This is nothing more than a clever way to reach into the pockets of county residents to fund the pensions and retirement benefits of Charleston's employees. Reducing inequalities through redistribution.