Couldn't have said it better!

I saw this letter to the editor in the Ann Arbor News last Friday (13 April) and was grinning from ear to ear! In three short paragraphs, Ms. Angle, of Ypsilanti, deftly summed up the reason we invest in public education and why it’s worth defending. I wanted to share it with you.
(You can find the original on the MLive site here:

Paying school taxes still a bargain

I was fascinated by John Armbruster’s letter, which appeared in the March 30 Ann Arbor News. He said, “Those people who have children in school must pay more instead of trying to continually shift the cost to those who do not and never have had children in our education system.’‘

Oh, how I envy Armbruster! He must be an extremely talented and self-sufficient person. I’m sure he has removed his own appendix and tonsils, drilled and filled his own teeth,… invented and programmed his own computer and built a better mouse trap. Wow! What a guy!

Unfortunately, the rest of us poor slobs have to depend on other people – other educated people – to do those things for us. I don’t know about the rest of you, but the only way I can do that is to support the schools. Thomas Jefferson said, “The responsibility of educating all of the children belongs to all of the people.’‘ To me, a retired person on a limited income, that still seems like a bargain.

Donna J. Angle, Ypsilanti