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I encourage everyone to research information concerning the different election propositions, so that you can make an informed decision on what is in the best interests of our county, state, nation and, in particular, our children and those not yet born.

We need educated voters with the critical thinking skills to set the course for our county and country.

To that end, I strongly support and encourage your vote for Prop 417 and other pro-education propositions. As Thomas Jefferson said (1787) “An enlightened citizenry is indispensable for the proper functioning of a republic. Self-government is not possible unless the citizens are educated sufficiently to enable them to exercise oversight. It is therefore imperative that the nation see to it that a suitable education be provided for all its citizens.”

Coconino Community College provides those services to fulfill Jefferson’s vision, not only in the Liberal Arts and Sciences, but evermore so in the career skills and technical competencies needed for service employment and communication competency.

CCC President Colleen Smith is returning to the original mandate of the college to provide for career and technical training. Please note that your support for Prop 417 will NOT increase your taxes. As the lowest funded public college in Arizona, Prop 417 continues the current rate of funding necessary for our Community College to serve our region.

Citizens will not pay anything more but will reap the rewards of a better educated citizenry, a better prepared career and technical workforce, and better enable a voting public with the critical thinking skills necessary for understanding historic and current events.

Please join me in voting YES on PROP 417.

BRYAN BATES

CCC Emeritus Science Instructor

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