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There are many of us in town who are getting real tired of hearing the same old broken record; "you're hurting the children if you don't pass this bond." Come up with a new line already people!

Are there problems in our school system? Absolutely. Is this bond proposal the cure-all? Absolutely not. When are some people going to get a clue - higher taxes does not automatically result in a better town or a better school district. You don't need thisbond to get a good education - you need quality teachers, which we've always had, and this bond has no bearing on that point.

I believe it's fiscally irresponsible to even propose a bond of this magnitude without knowing the full impact of Nassau County's budget problems and property reassessment. But, the beast on the hill doesn't care about the negative impact on the residents of this town. It never has.

We hear the battle cry of the "pro-bond" people all the time now - "we're doing the children a disservice if we vote no." What about the disservice being done to the residents that live in this town who can barely afford to survive here because of the ridiculous taxes?

Many of us have lived here our entire lives, and our parents before us. Many of us are struggling to buy our first homes in this town, but can't, largely in part to the ridiculous taxes from the school district. We can move out east and live in extravagant homes for what it costs to buy a shack in this town these days. However, many of us choose to stay because we love this town, or at least, we used to.

Port Washington is about a lot more than the school district. Is the school district important? Certainly. But so is allowing those of us who grew up here to live a decent life instead of chasing us out. Those of us who feel this way made our point known the last time a bond was put up, and we'll do it again.

David W. Pfister


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