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To the Editor:When it comes to voting, get informed

To the Editor:

When it comes to voting, get informed.

The hallmark of a democratic society is a strong public education system. An educated public was the reason the United States made education mandatory in the first place. The founders of our country didn't want a bunch of knuckleheads at the ballot box, so they decided to educate everyone.

My plea to the voters of the Carlton School District is to get informed. I haven't seen very many "No" voters at the public meetings that have been held. And several who have come to the meetings as a "No" voter, walked away feeling differently. When all the real facts are on the table, it becomes clear that voting "Yes" is the only thing that makes sense.

I sincerely hope that every voter in the Carlton School District will get out to one of the meetings or call the school and talk to the superintendent to get your questions answered. The school has to put forth honest numbers and information at those meetings and has been open and transparent every step of the way. Any other group is not required by law to be honest.

Don't just say no because it's your one chance to say no to taxes. That's a disservice to the kids and the future of this community. Say yes because it's a chance to know that your dollars are being spent to strengthen the community in which you live.

There are still opportunities to get the information you need to be truly informed. Meetings will be held Tuesday, July 11, at 4 and 6 p.m. and Saturday, July 29, at 1 p.m., all at South Terrace Elementary, and Saturday, July 29, at 4 p.m. at Carlton High School. The South Terrace meetings will include a tour of the building and grounds. Get the facts and vote "Yes."

Ryan Schmidt