VOTER REACTION: Retiring Chris Janku draws praise from voters

Tuesday, April 7, 2009 | 12:39 p.m. CDT; updated 2:14 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Voters at Parkade Baptist Church talk about Chris Janku, who is retiring from the City Council after 18 years of service:

“It takes quite a guy to give 18 years.”


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— Norman Shelton, 72

“We were all surprised about the announcement. He has been apart of the council for so long. He will be missed.”

— Cory Day, 31

On a future school bond issue:

“I would like to see that delayed. I feel like we may have squandered some coin in the past. I’m 100 percent for education and new schools, I just think the new superintendent needs some time to get on his feet.”

— Norman Shelton, 72

“Construction costs would be less now. The interest should also be less if they do one big bond now so they don’t have to have another in the future. The way interest rates are going that might be best.”

— Henry Johnson, 65

“Eighty-five percent of my taxes go to the school board. They should be going down. We need to get back to the ‘old style’ of school. Reading, writing, arithmetic; they can’t even make change at the Walmart anymore.”

— Alex Riddles, 78

“Any time there is money going to education I usually support it, not just as a parent but as a professional. But it is a pretty big issue and I would have to do some more research. I know so many teachers that are losing their savings. Everyone is in a tough position.”

— Cory Day, 31



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