Why we should support education | AspenTimes.com

Why we should support education

Dear Editor:There are several important educational issues on the ballot, including Aspen referendums 3A and 3B, and, in part, State Referendum C. It’s tempting for some of us to think: I don’t have children in school anymore, why should I vote to increase my taxes to educate other people’s children?This attitude is shortsighted and wrong. Many of us have children who were educated in public schools and public universities; because we were young and not affluent, we probably paid less than our share of the taxes that supported those educations. We now have a moral obligation to support the education of the next generation.More generally, whether you now have children in school or ever did, ask yourself the following question: If we don’t support public education and the public colleges and universities, where will the next generation of educated citizens come from? Most of those who serve us were, and in the future should be, educated in the public schools. This includes physicians, nurses, scientists, engineers, writers, lawyers, judges, managers, bankers, accountants, legislators, journalists, and on, and on. But it is also greatly to the advantage of all of us to support excellence in our public educational institutions because we need to be surrounded by an educated citizenry capable of critical thought on the issues of the day.We owe it to ourselves and to the next generation to support these educational initiatives.Mike and Margaret SimmonsAspen