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Letter: An educated populous is worth our taxes

A first-grade classroom.

A first-grade classroom. Credit: Newsday / John Paraskevas

A recent letter writer complained about school taxes [“Direct school taxes to assisted living instead,” Just Sayin’, Feb. 4].

He stated that he hasn’t had kids in public school since 1975, and at 92, he shouldn’t have to pay school taxes. He said he shouldn’t have to pay for services he doesn’t receive.

My kids also are long done with school, but now I have a grandson in kindergarten. My taxes are a burden, too, but this is the price we pay to live in a country where we value education.

A population that is well educated benefits all citizens. I know couples who remain childless, but they benefit from living in this country as much as anyone else. There are many examples of where our tax dollars are wasted or not spent wisely; this isn’t one of them.

Dan Welsch, Patchogue