To the editor:
Concerning the current city council and redevelopment commission issue regarding spending TIF dollars for student laptops, I have a few questions for some council members to consider.
No. 1: When is providing a tool that enhances literacy, knowledge, research skills and familiarity with technology not going to improve the infrastructure of Franklin?
(Newsflash: Our children are infrastructure ... an underlying base to the Franklin community ... more important than sidewalks and pothole filling!)
No. 2: Did you stop to think about how businesses, technology/research industries that may be considering a move to Franklin would view a community that invests in modern educational tools for their children?
(You know, the ones we’re always trying to attract with roads, sidewalks, facades and lampposts).
No. 3: Do you think any of you look anything like state-level legislators who talk about working to improve education and the quality of life and then fail to fund or only partially fund educational programs?
(Like not enough money for kindergarten programs or schools while they’re talking expanding pre-K programs. Or maybe they are just leaving it up to the local level to take care of the shortfall ... hmm?)
Potholes will always return, sidewalks will always crack and crumple, bricks will always need to have mortar replaced.
There is a reason to provide the best for our children’s education, it is our future. A quality education keeps on giving, to all of us. Chill out and think about it.
taxpayer, voter and educator