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Reader's view: Duluthians wrong to oppose school modernization

My husband and I recently completed some lengthy road trips from the East Coast to Alaska. We were amazed to see the many up-to-date schools, even in the deep south.

My husband and I recently completed some lengthy road trips from the East Coast to Alaska. We were amazed to see the many up-to-date schools, even in the deep south.

I live in a community which has taken education of their children seriously -- unlike Duluth. I have been a life long resident of the area and am appalled with the many citizens of Duluth who oppose the modernization of Duluth schools. If the red plan was to go to the voters it would never pass, as what would happen with any referendum to be brought to a ballot. It's so much like the rest of the infrastructure of this country; if you don't keep up with innovations the whole system could collapse like the Interstate 35 bridge. This is a situation I directly attribute to the Republican governor and, until recently, a Republican-dominated legislature. There is an old saying: "A penny wise and a dollar foolish." If you don't stay on top of things they go to ruin.

Duluth can't hold on to its youth because there is no way for them to support a family. As my daughter who moved to Anchorage said to me, "It is as if Duluth hates their young; there is nothing to do, there aren't any good-paying jobs, they cut youth summer programs now, and they don't even want to provide a good education." As a parent it saddens me that I can't be with her and her husband as much as I would like, but I completely understand their position. I am saddened to think I live in an area that appears to be mean, petty, cheap and without foresight.

The children we educate today should be around to support our community in the future. We have to give them a reason to stay.

Deborah Bloom

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