As a homeowner, I watch closely the political circus and promises that will not be kept once the politician gets in office. I also watch the local circus as it usually affects my pocketbook. As a retiree who is on a fixed income, I am amazed at the number of governmental offices who figure they should not have to suffer in a downward economic crisis. Why not just tax the landowners? They have lots of money! I live in Washington County in the Warren school district. I deal with a superintendent who feels without all new schools the children can't be taught, teachers are not qualified to teach in old buildings, and education is denied due to not voting in favor of a tax hike to property owners in spite of a five time refusal by voters. This superintendent states the financial pool is drying up, yet he has wasted school money five times to get the issue on the ballot. I have not seen him refuse a pay increase for the benefit of the children. As a matter of fact, he took on a second job for more personal income but allows Warren school district the privilege of paying all his benefits. I went to Washington School in Marietta for an activity concerning my grandson and was amazed that the school was functional despite being constructed in the early 1900s. The teachers were proud of the school's heritage and the history it provided the students. Apparently the Marietta school board knows how to maintain their schools and the teachers are able to teach in the history rich environment, without benefit of all new schools.