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June 7, 2013
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Letter: No vote on school levy will cost Roseburg job losses and school closure

No vote costs jobs, school

As a Roseburg school kid in the 90s, I felt the devastating aftermath of Measure 5. Now, with my own daughter about to enter the public school system, I am once again reminded of how unfriendly a place Douglas County is for children. Come on neighbors, you were unwilling to pay an average of $55 a year so an entire elementary school could remain open? When are we going to start calling this whole anti-tax movement what it really is — basic greed? When did Americans become so downright selfish?

To the 58 percent who voted “No” on the recent school levy: The next time you buy that $50 pair of shoes or fill up your gas tank, remember that your selfish refusal of that small yearly amount will cost hundreds of kids their school and dozens of teachers and staff their jobs this fall. That is the cold reality of your ‘No’ vote, regardless of your justifications.

May is “Honesty Month” at Rose Elementary. This month, teachers and parents will be forced to tell kids the honest truth: your community doesn’t care enough about you to save your school.

Kate Comiskey


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