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posted: 10/30/2017 5:00 AM

District 15 is a crisis of our own making

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To quote a great philosopher, "We have met the enemy, and it is us."

I am confused as to why the current strike of ESPA members in District 15 is a model for what our society has become. I include myself. We honestly are too uninterested, too uninvolved, too busy, too unwilling to compromise, and too unaware of civilizations that have crumbled when they forgot to care about their futures.

For years we have let referendums fail that would have provided money to not only pay this group of employees but for the education of every child.

My husband and I used every penny we had to buy a home in Palatine. That was 40 years ago, and we did it because our primary concern was the education of our children.

Those children are grown, but I still realize how important it is that every child receive the best education possible. The future of our country demands an educated population that votes, and thinks critically about what is important.

Have you been inside a school lately? Have you seen how difficult it is for teachers to be without these employees? This is America. We educate EVERY child. Perhaps you don't have children. Perhaps you feel it doesn't matter what happens to those less fortunate who cannot eat a nutritious meal unless they are at school. Perhaps your children/grandchildren do not have special needs. All children are the future.

The district will need more referendums and there will be school board elections. Get involved. Find out how little it actually raises your taxes to have quality schools. Could we not live without the newest cellphone, TV, or video game? Vote, run for the school board, volunteer at a school.

If you don't like what is happening in the world, this country or your neighborhood, be the change.

Jessie Kalinowski

Palatine

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