Paying more taxes for children’s education a cause that ‘is worth it’

To the editor:

This is a response to Randy Stroede’s letter to the editor headlined “Crestwood resident believes Lindbergh’s tax-rate increase excessive” from the June 23 edition of the Call.

While I understand that the additional $312 per year per average taxpayer will strain many household budgets, I believe that it is more important that we support our school district so that these kids have a chance to compete for decent jobs in the future.

If it were up to me, I would tax corporations and rich people more to bear the brunt of these costs.

But that is not the way it is. So the middle class, which cannot hire fancy lawyers to find tax loopholes and tax shelters, must bear this burden to help these children. I know this is not fair. But that is just the way it is.

These children will face intense competition in the future, not just from other good school districts around here, but internationally from China and India, which have strong economies with which we must compete. Our best way to prepare these children is to give them a good education in high school so that they can do well, maybe earn scholarships to go to a good college, maybe get a good job and live a good life. After all, that is what it is all about.

I think the extra tax money we give toward this cause is worth it.

Michael Nolan