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Letter to the Editor - from Lydia Nuttall

Article Date: 
21 June, 2013 (All day)

…Shouldn’t we love ALL of Morgan’s kids?
The short ones, TALL ones, B I G  ones, skinny ones, rich ones, poor ones, and old ones as well as young ones??
Proponents of the Voted Local Levy say the Levy is “for Morgan kids”, but what are we teaching our children by advocating helping Morgan kids at the expense of hurting others who also live in our community such as those who live on fixed incomes, families experiencing financial hardship, and local business owners struggling to make a living for their families in today’s economy?  (The Voted Local Levy will tax business owners 100% of their property value.  Residents will be taxed 45% of their property value.) 
We have developed a habit as Americans of tossing aside true principles in the name of urgency/expediency, popularity, and money.  
The principle of living within a budget is being replaced by Utah school districts for the more popular “Voted Local Levy.”  The principles of accountability and becoming an informed voter are being replaced by the words, “Trust in your elected officials; They are the experts!”  
The principle of self-reliance is being replaced with the rationalization that there are government assistance programs to help those who will struggle to pay the extra tax increase.  The principles of work, savings and sacrifice are being replaced with the ease of checking the “Yes” box on the June 25th ballot while years of our district accumulating $30Million in debt is not an issue.
We claim to believe in principles embodied in the sentence, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness…” but promote a solution to our district’s financial woes that benefit SOME and hurt others, FORCE everyone to pay an extra tax, and REPLACES true principles that have always worked with a popular, money “taking” solution in the name of “education” and “it’s for the kids!”
Morgan County School District has the opportunity to lead by example and handle today’s financial challenges according to true principles.  A great education on a tight budget is totally do-able if all of us in our community recommit to living and supporting solutions that embrace true principles.  There ARE other solutions!  Visit www.morgancountynovotedleeway.com to learn what we can do to help our schools without an extra tax increase!
Lydia Nuttall