|To the Editor: Public education provides equal opportunity|
|Written by Bruce B. Stevens|
|Thursday, 02 May 2013 09:43|
There has been a lot of negativity and harsh attitudes surrounding the upcoming Bowling Green City Schools levy. I am not going to address that issue but instead want to tell you my story and why I am voting yes..
My father worked for ODOT and my mother was a court reporter and both were government employees that some people are now criticizing. They made a fair wage and provided quality public service during their careers and provided a solid middle class upbringing for my two brothers and me.
I attended public schools through elementary and high school. The teachers and coaches I encountered provided me life lessons that I still use today. The morals and work ethic were taught to me by my parents and reinforced every day by the teachers and coaches who loved what they were doing. I see the same attitude in the teachers who are teaching my two sons in the Bowling Green City schools today.
Public schools provided me an equal opportunity to do whatever I wanted so long as I worked hard for it. As a result of the great public school education I received I was able to get an academic scholarship to Bluffton University that allowed me to continue playing football at the Division III level. The academic scholarship saved my family thousands of dollars a year.
I did very well academically at Bluffton University which allowed me to receive a sizeable academic scholarship to attend Ohio Northern University Law School. I graduated with High Distinction from Ohio Northern Law School and came to Bowling Green. I have since been able to help people while at the same time purchasing a home to raise a family and the building where my law office is located. I could not have done this without the equal opportunity that public schools provided to me.
Everything in life comes with a price. I pay property taxes on two parcels of real estate and I know that my property taxes will go up. However, I believe that is a price we need to pay in order to continue giving my sons and all the children in Bowling Green an equal opportunity to become whatever they want to become. The Bowling Green City school teachers and administrators are caring and dedicated professionals who need our support. Please join me in voting yes for the Bowling Green City school levy.
Bruce B. Stevens
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