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April 10, 2013

Budget letter deadline set

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Do that soon because it can take a couple of weeks for a letter to appear, especially at this time of year, when the volume increases. School votes will be held Tuesday, May 21.

To make sure we have enough time to get all the letters in, we set a deadline every year. This year, we need all letters about board candidates and school budgets by 5 p.m. Monday, May 13.

We rarely reject letters, as long as they don’t exceed 300 words and are not libelous, because we cherish our role as protectors of the First Amendment. But we implore writers to employ civil discourse as they share their views, no matter how contentious the budget debate.

People are more likely to listen, to consider changing their views, if letter writers present a reasoned, factual opinion instead of coming across as insulting or angry. If you don’t think school officials are moving in the right direction, offer better suggestions.

Changes must be made, and the volunteers on local school boards are trying to spare the students from suffering. They need your help.

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