To the Editor:
Vote for LHS or Not?
Whether you agreed with the outcome of last Thursday’s vote, I strongly disagree with Lebanon High School advocate Larry Hubbard that, “we had the wrong people voting for this” and his comment “God is great, life is good and people are crazy.” Would Mr. Hubbard have the same attitude if the vote had been the other way? I think not. Is this the kind of attitude we have supporting our school system, calling the voters of Wilson County “crazy” for not agreeing with his side? Mr. Hubbard poorly represents the people wanting a new LHS.
I also feel voters were being misled in statements that, “it’s only a $25 per family per year wheel tax or go up to a student and tell them they are not worth $25.” While it’s true that it would only be a $25 increase if your family only had one car, most families don’t. If you research your information, the average American family has two-plus vehicles per household (husband, wife and teenage children). I guess I was lucky enough to have lived and went to school in Lebanon and my math teachers taught us to count. That’s more than a $25 increase per family. Very few families in Wilson County only have one vehicle to share with the entire household. And yes, voters are smart enough (or some say “crazy” enough) to realize this.
I have to wonder if the County Commissioners also feel the voters of their districts are “crazy” as we have gone to the polls and elected them to represent us. Do we need a new LHS? Probably. Did the information get out? Apparently, as there were not many issues of The Lebanon Democrat or The Wilson Post that didn’t have an article in it about the need for a new high school. Do the children deserve the best education we can give them? Absolutely. According to Director of Schools Mike Davis, many of the parents didn’t even vote during this referendum which should concern the other voters, like me, greatly. I took the time out of my day to vote.
Maybe timing was an issue for the outcome of the vote. All across America and Wilson County, we are still in an economic slump and families are still watching each dollar. Some ask is it fair for senior citizens, young couples starting out with no children, empty nesters, those who choose to not have children and the parents paying for their children to attend private schools to also pay the same taxes the same as parents with children in public school. Now that is an issue still debated in Washington. Should there be tax credits?
I have often wondered why there is not a, “Nominal User Fee” for the parents of the students attending that school with that money going back into a fund to keep our buildings up to date. You see it in other aspects of government. Those using the services are expected to defray the cost to the taxpayers. The taxpayers are still paying their fair share but the users are chipping in a little more since they are using these services. If that was done, a County Bond could be issued to build the new LHS and those funds could help pay off that bond.
Whatever the outcome and however the funds for the new LHS are found, it will definitely have controversy with it. Is this the year of the new LHS? Maybe. As part of the voters of Wilson County, or part of the crazies referred to, I guess we will wait and see what our elected representatives of the Wilson County Commission choose to do next. But please remember voters should always have a voice in how our government is run and who we elect to represent us. We, as voters, should never back away from any issue, big or small and together as Wilson Countians can tackle any issue placed before us.
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