Our country survived infancy because our forefathers believed in the common good. Our country survived world wars because we fought for the common good. The common good is part of the American Dream – a part of the very fabric of our nation – as much a part of who we are as the Stars and Stripes.
James Adams once said, “The American Dream is that dream of a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement.”
That common good can be found at the intersection of every inch of progress in the country’s history and I, for one, believe in it still.
That is why I am coming to you today. As a mom, wife, veteran, former elected official and someone who has always considered myself to be conservative, I can tell you that new taxes quickly catch my eye and make me pause. I am intent on accountability and I am concerned with fiscal responsibility. I believe in transparency and I ask questions to better my understanding. When it comes to education, the FUTURE of our CHILDREN is the common good.
To Mr. Gustafson, your letters have given me pause. Not because I was surprised by the content but because I was surprised by the sentiment. Public education comes with a cost. It is not free – nor should it be. Like roads, airports, water and electricity – schools are a part of our collective network of public infrastructure. We all pay for the infrastructure because we all benefit from the infrastructure. It is part of the price of living in a civilized society. Does that cost us something? Yes.
Vote for the common good. Support the American Dream. Join me in approving the Bond Proposal.
Mail your ballot by February 12th.
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