Archive for Thursday, December 16, 2004

Become informed about bond issue

December 16, 2004

Lansing School Board has made it official: It will ask district patrons to approve a $23.6 million bond issue for construction of a new school for students in kindergarten through fifth grade. The bond issue also provides funds for construction of an auditorium at Lansing High School.

School board members, members of the Facility Planning Committee and Lansing School District administrators have put hours of study into the bond issue. They've concluded the needs for Lansing's schoolchildren and the community at large are such that a bond election is necessary.

Now it's time for the rest of us to carefully consider the proposal.

The vote will be held April 5, which leaves plenty of time for patrons to become immersed in the details of the bond issue.

This newspaper and its Web site, lansingcurrent.com, will look at the pros and cons of the bond issue in stories throughout the weeks before the election. We hope we provide enough information that voters can make an informed decision.

But providing information is only half of the equation. Patrons must read the information, digest it, weigh it for themselves and discuss or debate it with those of like and divergent viewpoints.

It was Thomas Jefferson, author of the Declaration of Independence, who said, "Whenever the people are well informed, they can be trusted with their own government." We agree, and we trust Lansing School District patrons to become well informed before they cast their ballots in the bond election.

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