No doubt we all share great pride in our town, Ashby.

Most likely we appreciate a sense of shared values including being good neighbors and being resourceful.

And like residents long before us here, we understand the importance of what it means to be a good citizen: Providing a sound, public education for our children so that they can meet opportunity and better compete in an ever-changing economy -- whether close by or farther away.

We may live in a smaller community, but that doesn't dissuade us from desiring a quality education. The future of our children is worth responsible stewardship. By laying the important building blocks, we are providing them with what's critical to their education -- classrooms and a school.

This doesn't happen by itself. We have to be accountable and responsible for it. As a community, we then reap the benefits -- intangible and tangible. Whether it's producing effective, self-reliant citizens with better opportunities or supporting property values, both are worthwhile.

Fiscal responsibility goes hand-in-hand with realities for a brighter future, and to foster a failing school at a similar price tag as a new school doesn't seem like responsible stewardship. Neglect shouldn't be an option. Let's not let North Middlesex Regional High School become like the failing bridges and streets of Massachusetts -- kicking the can ever further down the road, paying greater amounts in the long run while putting the stakeholders at risk.


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As residents and good citizens, it is our obligation to provide a sound education to our children and to future generations -- right here in our own neighborhood.

Vote yes for NMRHS -- it's the right time.

REBECCA DAY-NEWSHAM

1982 NMRHS graduate, Ashby