Levy is vital to our children's future
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- I am a mother, grandmother, and longtime supporter of both Kanawha County Schools and the Kanawha County Public Library system. I agree that we are facing tough economic times, and no one likes to see taxes go up. However, I think we need to consider what our children and our community will lose if the excess levy is not passed.
To keep up with 21st century educational standards our public schools need all the items earmarked in the levy ballot, such as technology and tech support, Internet access lines, upgrades to career and technical schools, building and equipment repairs and maintenance, and additional instructional supplies. A school system already cutting back needs the additional money from an uncapped levy to provide the educational resources our children need to prepare them for jobs, careers and productive lives.
Earlier this year our library system lost 40 percent of the money used for day-to-day operations of our main library, nine branch libraries and our mobile library. The levy would restore funding, and allow us to continue operating our library system. If the levy fails, our library system will be devastated. A large number of employees would have to be laid off; programming and hours of operation would be reduced; and the mobile library and six of our branches would probably have to be closed.
In a state where close to 50 percent of residents do not have access to computers, the local public library is the only place students can go to use computers for free -- to do homework assignments or necessary research. The branch libraries in our smaller communities are as essential to good education as the local public schools.
We know that education is the key to lifting people out of poverty. When studies show that one in four children in West Virginia live in poverty, how can we justify voting in a way that could cripple our schools and our libraries?
As a mother, grandmother and concerned West Virginian I urge you to vote for our children's future and vote "YES" for the excess levy on Nov. 9.
Harrop promotes dictatorial concepts
I would appreciate the opportunity to respond to Froma Harrop's article on Sept. 26, while that privilege remains. The arrogant assumption made in this ignorant article is that people are entitled to other people's toil.
Rights? Everyone should have political rights. Everyone should always and eternally be treated with equality under the law.
The assumption made by the author and all liberals or progressives is that rights extend to the economic sphere. That is a deadly and terrifying concept. You will not personally send me a check, nor will any progressives worry if I am hungry. I do not want you to!