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Reader Opinion: Vote for education

By almost every standard of quality of life, Minnesota is a flagship in our country. By almost every standard of quality of education, Brainerd School District is a flagship in our state, and sometimes even on a national level. You get what you p...

By almost every standard of quality of life, Minnesota is a flagship in our country. By almost every standard of quality of education, Brainerd School District is a flagship in our state, and sometimes even on a national level. You get what you pay for. Our high level of taxes provides top flight resources that serve for the benefit of every citizen regardless of wealth, social status, etc.

Our family moved to Brainerd almost 30 years ago. Our three children were richly blessed by their educational and extra-curricular years spent, preschool through high school. Our income was pretty low, but our children were able to participate in many wonderful growth opportunities. They all thrived, had special needs met and are doing very well as productive citizens. Over the years we have watched as various federal and state government decisions have caused tremendous budget cuts and loss of dozens and dozens of staff and many support and enrichment programs.

This is still an amazing place for learning. We know some school board members personally. We know dozens of teachers and support staff. Great and competent people are working to ensure that our children have the best opportunity for the most hopeful, healthy and well-educated life possible.

Both of us are nearing retirement. We still have a sizeable mortgage. Our incomes will reduce significantly. Yet, we will be happy and honored to vote "Yes" on all three of the questions regarding Brainerd School District's bond referendum. The small increase in our property taxes will be a worthy investment in the future. A good legacy. Just like the one handed down to us by our parents and grandparents who helped to build our current school facilities.

We will also vote "education," whenever we get the opportunity.

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Darrell and Jennifer Pedersen

Baxter

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