Dear Editor: Throughout Wisconsin referendums are scheduled for this year's voting. While educating our children is important, so is fairness and the right of all people to live to the best of their ability.

Referendums attach themselves to property taxes and many who pay property taxes have already struggled to put their children through school and provide for all their necessities. School officials should ask themselves if burdening the retired and elderly is the right thing to do.

If money is tight for schools, then ways can be explored to compensate for additional funds. Budgeting is not only for families — we pay taxes to cover school expenses, and we budget the funds left to live on.

Wouldn't schools find it more beneficial to join with their students and their families to find ways to boost their income without involving people of limited means — or do teachers want quick results, no cuts in pay or perk packages but have no concern for those who no longer are able to work and have no option to get a raise in pay for their expenses?

All lives are important, including the elderly.

Arleen Schindler

Solon Springs

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