Levy vote will say much about our values
On Saturday, Nov. 9, Kanawha County voters will decide the fate of the school and library levy. What we decide will speak clearly about who we are as a society and what values we hold.
We have an opportunity to preserve and protect our public libraries. There is no Plan B for funding the Kanawha Public Library system. Without the levy, as many as six branch libraries could close and operation at the remaining libraries would be crippled. If you value our public libraries, supporting the levy is a clear choice, and one that preserves funding for this invaluable institution.
We also have the opportunity to pass the school levy and join more than 20 other West Virginia counties that fully support students, teachers and parents. These counties include Doddridge, McDowell and Lincoln counties. Surely the voters of Kanawha County have as much interest in supporting our students as these rural and much poorer counties.
Without the levy, we will be substantially below the state average for support of public education. Is that who we are? I don't think so. Frankly, I think we're better -- much better -- than that.
Oliver Wendell Homes, the great U.S. Supreme Court Justice, said, "Taxes are the price that we pay for a civilized society." I would urge everyone who values public education and public libraries to join me in voting for the levy and a civilized Kanawha County: one that values our children, our libraries and our future.