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Letter to the editor | Pay it forward

I’ve noticed that many folks on fixed incomes seem to stick to the “don’t raise my taxes” story.

In the 35 years I’ve been in real estate here, the population of retirees has increased immensely, and many are on fixed incomes.

But I’d like them to remember, from wherever they lived and raised their families, there were taxes levied that helped put them and their families through school. Taxes for that purpose have been a way of life for generations, and now it becomes the time for grandparents and parents to put the next generations through school.

Don’t let them go through schools that are hazardous to their health, antiquated, Band-Aided, using out-of-date equipment or dangerous to traverse from classes across a street.

When I was in grade school, our school district merged during sixth grade and we went to school half days for a whole year while an extension to the old high school was being built, giving us room for increased enrollment that went with the consolidation.

That was 1958, and six years ago, that school district built a brand-new campus of buildings because the 1958 structures were outdated.

We need to remember who helped us and now pay it forward.

Help the children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren get the best they can get out of school. Help them be good citizens ready in the future to put their children and great-grandchildren through school at the level they deserve.

Bonnie Spetzer

State College

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