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Letter: Join me in voting for sales tax

I have had the honor of serving on the Stanly County Board of Education for more than 20 years.

As most of those who have served with me can verify, I have been extremely conservative in my approach to almost every issue that has come before the board.

Some might say I am so tight I squeak when I walk. That said, there comes a time when one must face the issue at hand more objectively.

The issue of school safety has been pressed upon us over the past several years, ever becoming a more critical issue. I have made the comment that security issues could be addressed out of capital outlay funds, however, those funds are there for normal maintenance needs.

If those funds are used, they would be split between pressing security needs and normal usage. This would prolong the goal of making our schools safer as quickly as possible and would cause routine maintenance needs to go lacking.

Those not desiring to support the issue may come up with many points to vote no.

Many of the comments I have heard that indicate non-support have no merit.

If someone as conservative as I feels the need is great and the time is now it is hard to see how anyone can see their way to vote against this measure.

I do, however, respect everyone’s view and their vote. We cannot guarantee that these measures will be foolproof, but if it might save one life in the future, it will be worth the investment.

I have already voted yes on the quarter-cent sales tax. I hope you will join me in this effort.

Melvin B. Poole,
chairman,
Stanly County School Board