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Easthampton resident details support for tax override

To the editor:

I would like to speak to my fellow Easthampton residents in support of the override question that we will soon be voting on. My family has lived in the area for over 27 years; my father was an Amherst graduate who had been so enchanted by the Pioneer Valley that he returned to the area when a job opportunity was presented to him 15 years later.

My wife and I have lived in Easthampton proper for the past seven years. Our city has come a long, long way, from a dreary, sleepy little mill town in the twilight of its glory to a newly restored, vibrant and successful community.

We are now being asked, after accepting a debt-exclusion override on the new high school, to make another investment in our school system. I have a son, who will soon enter the school system, and as a parent, I want the best, not just for him, but for all our children.

Looking at my daily life, I see the countless ways that I could save an extra dollar a day (the extra cost to almost everyone in our city will be less than that) , to buy a better future for him. Surely, all of us can do the same?

This is the time where we must all come together as a community, where we must all invest in each other, because together, we will be greater than the sum of our parts. A stronger school system will benefit each and every one of us in town, and will pay off a far greater return than the money we put into it.

I urge you all to vote yes on the override on Nov. 6. Also, please support the Committee for Stronger Schools – Easthampton.

Josh Mintzer


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