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Investing in schools

Dear Editor:It is a joy to live in Carbondale! Between the two of us we have lived in every community from here to Aspen and find that Carbondale offers us a strong sense of community that we haven’t found elsewhere.To us, the most special characteristics of Carbondale include friendly people, diversity, abundant opportunities for arts and culture (including our favorite movie theater), and a choice of three different public school options. Where else in rural America can you choose between tradition public school, Montessori and charter school education? We are grateful for the choice and for the quality of education our daughter is receiving right here in Carbondale, Colo.Because of our love for Carbondale, we are voting yes on 3A and 3B and we urge our friends, neighbors and fellow community members to do the same. The mill levy override (3A) will help us make critical increases to our teachers’ salaries so we can be more competitive with market wages. Approval of the bond question 3B is imperative to improve or replace the dilapidated, disgraceful and unsafe conditions of our public schools.It is not a question of whether to fix the infrastructure; it is a question of when. Bond interest rates are currently low, so the smart investment is to make a commitment to these physical improvements now, before the cost goes up.Two years ago, the marketplace vote drove a wedge in our community and diminished our commitment to each other. We suggest that a unified vote in favor of new and improved schools and paying teachers a better wage are two steps toward strengthening our community. The opportunity to begin to make a meaningful difference is now.Let’s join together to build pride and integrity back in Carbondale. Vote yes on questions 3A and 3B, and make a real investment in our future.Nan and Dick Sundeenenthusiastic Carbondale residents


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