Boots And Sabers

I Value Education, Despite My Opposition to a Referendum

By - Mar 16th, 2009 10:37 pm
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I detest letters to the editor like this.

If you own a home valued at $100,000, on what would you be willing to spend less than $6 a month?

If you own a home valued at $175,000, on what would you be willing to spend less than $10 a month?

If you own a home valued at $300,000, on what would you be willing to spend $17 a month?

Would you spend that amount to ensure that your children, grandchildren or neighbor’s children can go to safe, presentable, uncrowded schools?

Would you spend that amount so that children, their parents and others who have disabilities can have access to a public school building, specifically Badger Middle School?

Would you spend that amount to remedy accumulating school building maintenance problems, eliminating $29 million of deferred maintenance? Would you spend that amount to live in a desirable school district that increases the desirability of the community, which in turn increases real estate values and protects the investment you have made in your home? Would you spend that amount for all of the above? Depending on the value of your house, that $6, $10 or $17 a month buys all of the above. It buys a lot of value for you, your neighbors and your entire community. A yes vote on both school referendum questions means that you know the importance of spending money on that which has real value.

Barbara Landis West Bend

You know what, Barbara?  We all already spend hundreds or thousands of dollars out of our pockets to fund the schools.  Don’t you dare come to me and tell me that I somehow don’t care about the kids’ education if I don’t want to or can’t spend another few hundred dollars a year on the public schools.  As I estimate, my family will spend more than $20k next year on education for private grade school, high school, college, the local public schools through our property taxes, and the rest of the state’s public schools – including the UW system – through our state income, federal income, sales, and other taxes.  This doesn’t include continuing education for myself which I hope to be able to accomplish to further my career.  Please take your sanctimonious accusations of niggardliness and shove them in your pie hole.  I’ve had enough.

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