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Reader's View: Look to the future and pass Cloquet referendum

Cloquet residents soon will vote on a referendum for a new middle school and improvements for safety and functionality to other school facilities. Having studied the plan, I support it. I've heard the comments of detractors and have noted a patte...

Cloquet residents soon will vote on a referendum for a new middle school and improvements for safety and functionality to other school facilities.
Having studied the plan, I support it. I’ve heard the comments of detractors and have noted a pattern: Most opposition comes from a place of misinformation or misunderstanding.
Two things rest at the core of the referendum issue: Our facilities already are exceeding capacity while we continue to grow, and our middle school is beyond financially feasible repair.
Raising taxes is something most of us are hesitant to suggest, but we have no other viable option. It’s a profound waste to continue to dump money into Cloquet Middle School. It’s deteriorating from the inside out. We may buy the facility a few years with repairs, but new problems quickly will emerge.
My kids won’t have the chance to attend a new Cloquet Middle School, but that’s OK. I still want to see my neighbors’ kids and, one day perhaps, my grandkids in facilities that meet their basic needs. That was what I had. Why would they deserve less?
I also don’t want to pay tens of millions of dollars to keep an old school on life support. That’s irresponsible fiscal decision-making.
Lara Wilkinson
Cloquet

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