Saturday is V-Day, when Kanawha voters will decide whether county schools and the public library network get enough support to maintain adequate standards. Only 3 percent of eligible voters showed up during the early period. It will be a shame if Saturday's final participation is so paltry.
As we've said repeatedly, we hope conscientious Kanawha adults flock to polls and endorse the proposal to raise the county's school excess levy from its current 65 percent to a full 100 percent. Doing so will demonstrate a commitment to education, knowledge and children's future. We agree with Kanawha Commission President Kent Carper, who said:
"I personally will be voting for the levy as I believe it is important to support our youth throughout Kanawha County and ensure that they receive every opportunity available through the education and library system."
The current campaign has a sad aspect: School board President Pete Thaw once was a progressive-minded aide to Gov. Jay Rockefeller -- but Thaw gradually acquired a tea party mentality and rails against supporting the school system he heads. He's aligned with far-right opponents who would hobble schools and the library.
Nonetheless, we hope enough school supporters, library supporters and other progressive Kanawha residents turn out today to put the much-needed 100 percent levy over the top. The county's future will be brighter if they do.