A dozen years ago, the Dubuque Community School Board signed off on spending $249,000 to construct 40 more parking spaces at Hempstead High School. That quarter-million-dollar expense, officials believed, would go a long way toward addressing the problem of students parking on residential streets near the school.
Until it didn’t.
Then, in 2013, the district upped the number of spaces it leased from Journey Church, 3939 Pennsylvania Ave., a short walk from the school, to accommodate more student parking. That was expected to stave off the problem until renovation at Hempstead concluded in 2016; that project would mean 799 parking spaces at the school.
Then came construction of a new swimming pool this school year, which obstructed 143 parking spots, not to mention the 50 or so that get covered by snow piles during the winter.
To the inconvenience and irritation of its residential neighbors, Hempstead’s parking problem just keeps coming back.
Now the City of Dubuque has agreed to create 25 first-come, first-served parking spots at Usha Park (on top of 25 existing spots.)
The cost: $67,868.
The question: How much taxpayer money must be spent to provide parking for high school students?
The promise of public schools should be a quality education, not a primo parking spot. No one is forcing students to drive to school. When students — with their parents’ consent — eschew walking or taking the bus, they should help foot the bill. This is clearly a user service. Why should taxpayers be expected to keep paying for this convenience?
What if — like the fast lane in big cities — the best parking spots were reserved for students who carpooled? What if students were assigned spots at cooperating area churches — where, by the way, designated spots often sit empty? Hempstead students, parents and administrators ought to be able to find some solutions.
Consider it good training for college where critical thinking and problem solving are expectations. And college campuses are where parking is at a premium and most students walk.
“Well, this is it — the invasion. This is the coup de grace for which we have been waiting so long — the beginning of the last great battle to exterminate the Hitler menace. Allied forces — Americans, British, Canadians — have been landed to Normandy in a big-scale operation.
”A fierce battle is in progress, and of one thing we should be warned: The Germans have been holding their reserves well inland, back of their coastal defenses in order to be able to fling them in any direction quickly. So our men aren’t yet undergoing the full strength of Nazi attack. That will come later, and it’s likely to be terrific.”
So began the editorial that was published in the Telegraph Herald 75 years ago — on June 6, 1944, a day of enormous magnitude and consequence.
The invasion at Normandy was a turning point in World War II, and a battle that forged the mettle of American soldiers for generations to come.
President Donald Trump and European leaders gathered last week to mark the solemn anniversary with representatives of each nation that fought together in the largest combined land, air and naval operation in history. Sixteen world leaders signed a proclamation pledging to ensure the “unimaginable horror” of World War II is not repeated.
Three-quarters of a century later, as the number of those who remember D-Day dwindles, we honor the courage of the thousands who lost their lives. May their sacrifice be honored for generations to come.
Last week marked another anniversary — this one an event that was a long-time coming and much celebrated: the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage.
It was June 4, 1919, when the U.S. Senate followed the suit of the House and passed the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, guaranteeing American women the right to vote. A year later, after three-fourths of state legislatures had voted to support the measure, the amendment was ratified and added to the Constitution.
U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., helped lead an effort to commemorate the occasion with a joint resolution, noting, “A century ago, after decades of struggle by brave women and men, our nation finally extended to women the most fundamental right in our democracy — the right to vote.”
While women make up just one-quarter of the Senate today, it’s a point of pride that in Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin, representation is a 50-50 proposition between men and women.
As Baldwin noted: “We still have more work to do, and more glass ceilings to break, but it is important to celebrate this monumental anniversary and all the progress that women have made in the last 100 years. This resolution recognizes and honors the struggle to secure the vote for American women and thereby taking a major step forward as a nation.”