I’m writing you all to express my concern over the proposed cuts to our education. I consider education to be our obligation to our youth. They can not self-fund their education — it is our obligation to make their education a priority. I realize this is not a new problem — we all inherited it — I grew up with this poem on my great grandmother’s wall, “It will be a great day when our schools have all the money they need, and our air force has to have a bake-sale to buy a bomb,” by Robert Fulghum.
I grew up feeling the adults in my life did not care about my education and sadly my son feels the same way. We are in a position to change this for our youth — if we want them as adults to work for and vote to fund education, they need to feel it is important to us now. We have a chance to invest in a generation and future generations to help end this perpetual fiscal gap. Please reconsider your cuts to our education funding — take my PFD, add a state income tax or state sales tax, but fund education — invest in our youth, please — they are our future and we owe them the best education we can possibly give them.