Letters to the editor for May 9
Last summer, many of us learned a hard but valuable lesson about precious resource management. Far less money is required to prevent a forest fire than to fight one and restore the charred remains. The Angora fire demonstrated that “short-term thinking always leads to long-term loss.”
Voting for Measure A is the right thing to do for our students and for our community, because it’s long-term thinking.
Why would I vote for a hike in property taxes even though I have no children in the system? Because my civic sense of duty compels me to act and vote yes. Then when I pass a South Tahoe school, I know that I’ve earned the right to gaze on it with pride and satisfaction, knowing that I am a part of its success.
Also, Measure A is smart community resource management. And this resource is the most precious one of all: the intellectual, aesthetic and social growth and learning of the next generation of scientists, engineers, doctors, artists, musicians, entrepreneurs, skilled trades and technologists, to name a just a few of the careers and occupations South Tahoe students will choose.
If a few short years, these are the minds that we will call upon to tackle and solve the pressing problems of alternative energy, health care, water, transportation and how to prosper in the new world economy.
Repairing our schools this year will pay huge dividends in the future for all of us. The “everything should serve me first philosophy” of the past decades since Prop 13 has hobbled our schools and severely degraded their effectiveness. It’s time for change. It’s time to sacrifice a little to gain a lot for everyone. Education is our future; we must value it and support it.
South Lake Tahoe
I love Kirk Caraway’s column. I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve said to my husband, “Hey, you gotta read this.” His column is witty, fun to read and right-on. I especially like his solution for a fair, simple tax system. Caraway for president!