Susan Whinery: Insider’s view: Yes on 3A
November 2, 2007
Craig — To the editor,
A friend recently mentioned that few individuals in our circumstances (50-plus years old and with grown children) seemed to speak in favor of the school bond issue, 3A.
Although as an educator, I might be expected to be strongly in favor of 3A, I have also tried to look at the issue from a more objective perspective.
One question I’ve heard voiced repeatedly is whether this bond issue will really improve our students’ education. Perhaps the physical improvements will not directly affect student achievement, but if the bond issue does not pass, major repairs still must be completed just to keep our older buildings operational. Unfortunately, that use of funds would lessen the dollars available for resources that directly affect student learning. If the bond issue does not pass, our computer technology, already inadequate, will become obsolete, and no funding will be available for upgrades.
Perhaps even more important to consider is that many of our graduates to remain in this community. Some individuals choose not to leave the area even temporarily, while others return after they have completed further education or explored the world a bit.
Because so many of our young people stay in the community, they will become the decision-makers for their generation, and those decisions will affect those of us who have become the elderly residents in the community. Not only will these individuals make the decisions, but they also will be the individuals who are caring for us in a multitude of capacities.
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Consider the present community: More than 60 school district employees are Moffat County graduates. When you walk into the hospital; the young woman at the registration desk is a MCHS graduate. Do you need an X-ray or to have blood drawn? Chances are good that a Moffat County alum will complete the task. Do you need physical therapy? Once again, more likely than not, a local will treat you. One local chiropractor is also a Moffat County native. When your car needs repair or you decide to buy a new one, you’ll probably choose someone who was raised in Craig. If you buy a house, chances are you’ll be working with a Realtor who graduated right here in Craig. And when you go to close on your loan, that closer will be another MCHS graduate. Many of our law enforcement officials, most of our firefighters, and numerous public officials grew up in Craig. The county clerk and county treasurer are each Moffat County graduates. This list goes on, and I’ve barely scratched the surface.
Most of us like knowing that Moffat County is a great place to call home, and we love having our young people return to serve as productive members of this community. These individuals will be looking after us, and we owe it to them and ourselves to provide the best possible educational system to prepare them for the responsibilities they will shoulder in the coming decades.
Please vote in favor of 3A.