I just received a letter in the mail from SOUTHFIELD PUBLIC SCHOOLS. It, to my surprise, acknowledged that the Southfield & Lathrup Village School system is in crisis. I was surprised even more when they reported that they are proposing reducing the size of the school operation and closing down several schools and going to a consolidation program. They are cutting many services (which they say they can't afford) and are now dedicated to living within their reduced budget. WOULD THIS NOT BE A WONDERFUL EXAMPLE TO OUR FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. WHAT A CONCEPT -- LIVING WITHIN YOUR BUDGET. SOMEONE TELL MR. OBAMA OF THIS NEW WAY OF THINKING. The solution which was chosen was brought about in part by the city not having the option to print it's own money.