|To the Editor: Vote to keep Bowling Green an education city|
|Written by Jerry and Sandy Wicks|
|Tuesday, 30 April 2013 08:26|
Bowling Green is an education city. It is our "industry." It is certainly not the only industry in town, there are a number of excellent ones, but it is what we are known for. It is largely what defines us to ourselves and to most people living outside of Bowling Green. It is our strength and it lends strength to the community. It gives meaning and value to our social exchanges. It gives purpose to much of our everyday activities, whether that involves working for our helping out at the schools, enjoying some pancakes at the annual Kiwanis pancake breakfast held in the high school cafeteria, watching our children, grandchildren or a friend's child showing off their school at an ice cream social, attending a local sporting event, school play, cheering the Quiz Bowl team or watching with pride as the marching band struts down Main Street in the Holiday Parade.
And we are happy for and congratulate the parents as we learn of their child's success upon graduation, what their child won in an FFA project, hearing how well their daughter did in algebra, how excited they were their son made the lacrosse team or how important Penta's robotics program has been in fostering their child's growing interest in technology.
It doesn't matter if we are talking about BGSU, the high school, middle school or grade schools, the process of learning - lifelong learning - is what underlies so many of the activities in Bowling Green. So much of what we are as a community is defined in one way or another by our educational institutions.
Most of us don't spend time thinking about it, but if asked, the majority of us would say, yes, we want the city to remain an education city, the same way we would say, yes, we want our city to be safe, clean, have good roads, dependable electrical power, safe drinking water and beautiful parks. These are the things that make our city work, and they work because we have had so many individuals who stepped-up and sacrificed for years to make things right and this town a great place.
The school levy is now our opportunity to step-up and keep Bowling Green that same great place. Each of us can do this with a single vote: Yes for schools - yes for education - yes for BG.
Jerry and Sandy Wicks
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