To the Editor:
Voting is our patriotic duty. We are so lucky to live in this country and this city.
Today, I voted by absentee ballot at the courthouse. There was no militia or security guards. I didn't feel intimidated or threatened, like they do in many countries.
My family came to Fairmont in 1939. It was an idyllic place to grow up. Our town has changed in some ways over the years, but it's still a wonderful, clean, safe, friendly, beautiful place to call home.
I graduated from Fairmont High School in 1971. I think it would be tragic for the local schools to be forced to cut all sports, music and co-curricular programs for lack of funding.
Extracurricular activities are worthwhile, character-building, essential parts of one's total school experience. It would be a crime to rob today's students of these opportunities.
Additionally, there would be a dire impact on our community, economic and otherwise.
My neighbors, a wonderful, upstanding family, recently moved away to the Twin Cities because of academic cuts and the proposed extracurricular cuts at our schools.
We will lose more good families and professionals who are vital to the community, and we'll be unable to attract new ones. Education is a primary consideration for people looking into relocating here.
As it is, there aren't any recreational activities to speak of for our young people outside of the school sports, music and events.
If the referendum fails, I predict we would even see a rise in petty crime, and a slow deterioration of our city. The cost to support our children and our city amounts to only pennies a day - $10, $15 or $20 a month. That's a moderate investment to make to assure the continued high quality of life for our students and our city.
Remember, children are our future leaders. Let's do what's in their best interest. Please join me in voting yes on the school bond referendum.