To the editor:
Thank you for publishing the Campaign 2012 Issues Series, as well as the letters that followed. I appreciated the prominent coverage of real local issues, especially education. Not only are there clear choices in the Obama-Romney race, but also in the local Arizona races.
I am worried and quite exasperated by the condition of our educational system in Arizona. Arizona is 49th in per pupil funding -- our state policy seems to be "race to the bottom." I am a mom with two kids in Flagstaff schools. One of our family's top priorities is providing our children with a top-notch education. Watching the Republican-controlled Legislature cut education funding year after year makes me angry and disheartened. Where does the Legislature think future economic growth will come from?
The present policy seems to be to cut education to the bone, then award tax breaks to businesses that relocate here from out of state. The problem is those U.S. or international companies will have to bring a skilled workforce with them because our kids will not have the background or tools to compete for those jobs. How short-sighted!
I am afraid we are creating a permanent lower-middle class in Arizona. I am a middle-of-the-road voter who cares about my children's education and their future job prospects. I will be voting for Tom Chabin (Senate) and Angela Lefevre and Doug Ballard (House). Our votes will count in this election. Together we can bring Arizona back toward the political center. If we don't do it, who will?