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Stop quibbling at the expense of education

Editorial

When schools axe programs that, when available and running efficiently, positively impact gifted and struggling students; when they eliminate activities that benefit all students, especially those from poor families who, in general, would not be exposed to them otherwise; when athletics, music, art, foreign languages and field trips become luxuries; public education is underfunded.

When community members cannot afford their mortgages and rents, when the choice is food or life-saving medications, when businesses locate somewhere more affordable, somewhere else, taxpayers are overburdened.

One is not the fuel stoking the other’s painful fire, nor is one the infection feeding the other’s sickness.

Still, you would think that was the case when some school officials grumble that taxpayers are unwilling to support public education, when in fact, taxpayers are simply unable to withdraw from a depleted account.

And what about taxpayers, who are fed up with rising taxes and take their frustration out on public schools, which have been ravaged over the past few years due to soaring costs and inadequate aid and are reduced to running off survival instinct, a quality system suddenly becomes an endangered species.

It’s not like there is no money out there, or at the very least, government officials willing to borrow funds for causes they deem worthy.

U.S. efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan possibly total more than $5 trillion, yet the reasons behind the military actions have been widely questioned as have the outcomes thus far.

There is the $700 billion TARP bank bailout in October 2008 under Bush and the $787 billion Recovery Act in February 2009 under Obama.

Bush enacted controversial tax cuts, which Obama and the Republicans extended for two years in an $858 billion tax compromise.

There were also hefty bonuses on the taxpayer’s dime during a time when the average American struggled to remain afloat and punishment seemed more realistic than rewards.

Comments should be directed to denpubs@denpubs.com

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