To the Editor:
In 1953, my parents moved their young family to Fairmont so my father could establish a medical practice here. One of their reasons for choosing Fairmont was that the people of Fairmont put a high value on education. Eventually, all of their five children graduated from Fairmont, and my parents lived, worked and volunteered here the rest of their lives, influencing the community in many ways, including helping to start the current Mayo medical clinic.
I left Fairmont to get a college education and then returned here to live and work, raising our three children, who all also graduated from Fairmont schools. These are two examples of what it takes to keep a community strong:?new families moving here and individuals staying or returning to live and raise families here. In our family, neither of these situations would have occurred without Fairmont having a strong school system that included many options for learning and growth.
If you don't currently have children in the school system, it is easy to say that voting no for the upcoming referendum will not impact you. But the ripple effects of having a weakened school system will eventually impact every community member. It is the school system that produces or attracts business people, providers of all types of services and potential employees. We as individual community members need all kinds of services and all types of people to meet our basic needs and to maintain our quality of life.
If you are a family with students, you should vote yes to ensure that your children are provided with many possibilities in their education. If you are a business person, you should vote yes to ensure that you have a viable pool of future employees and customers. If you do not have children, you should vote yes to ensure that you will still be able to get all of the services and amenities for the life you want to live.
All of us who have enjoyed living in Fairmont should vote yes in appreciation of what we have had and to leave a legacy for those who will come after us. Voting yes is a reinvestment in the community and is important to all of us.
Please join me in voting yes for the learning levy on Nov. 6.
Susan Williamson Eisenmenger