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Opinion

March 6, 2014

Letter: Salem needs a new high school

To the editor:

March 11 is our turn to vote, and I hope that we show up in throngs. We did for the presidential elections. Why not for our own town? This is where we live. Get informed and do what many people in the rest of the world would like to do: cast a ballot. (Some are giving their lives for this freedom.)

I firmly believe that we need a new high school. As I understand it, the state will aid us with $10.75 m. I don’t believe that kind of money will ever be available again.

The youth of our town and in our country need the best education we can provide. The children and youth of today must have an education in order to compete with the rest of the world. High school must prepare them for future education, whether it’s college, technology or any type of higher learning. Education will help them fight poverty.

In the present world, education is a must. A new high school is an investment in the future of our youth. Maybe more of them will decide to stay and live in our town.

We all need a good environment in order to do our best, whether it’s our homes, where we work and definitely our schools. Our youth need a new high school. We can’t keep putting Band-Aids on this situation.

The custodians work very hard to make the old building function as well as it does. Water dripping into the building from the snow-covered roof might lead to mold — another disaster waiting to happen. It’s just an old building, way past its prime. We would not want these conditions at Town Hall or the senior center or anywhere that means a great deal to us. Don’t our youth matter?

Kay Panciocco

Salem, N.H.

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