Letter to the Editor

This past week, a letter writer to the Herald indicated he will most likely vote against the school bond issue in May. That is his right, but I feel he is wrong, and this is why.

Posted April 25, 2014

There comes a time when everything wears out. It could be a badly-needed piece of farm equipment, a car, OR a school. Things can only be maintained and repaired for so long. Then it is time to bite the bullet and start anew. I believe we are now at that place with the Mott/Regent School.

If the school bond fails, the school will continue to operate and maintain what is needed. Problems will mount, student security will be compromised, fire dangers will increase, technology education will suffer; all these while the expense only increases. Interest rates are low now, never better for borrowing the needed funds.

Some say the increased tax would be hard to afford. I don’t think we can afford to wait any longer. The cost of increased taxes on a residence will most likely be between $150-$200 per year. When most folks drive to Bismarck for a sporting or cultural event, which includes lunch or dinner, they drop that in a single trip. What better way to invest in our young peoples’ education than to provide them with a good facility for the future?

I believe the board has gone above and beyond to bring needed information to the public. Please attend one of the many meetings scheduled from now to May 20th. Get the information you need to make an informed decision. Then VOTE. I have neither children nor grandchildren in this school system, but I plan to vote yes to both items on the ballot. Thank you.

Geno Sloan, Mott

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