To the Editor:
From the beginning of time, a community consisted of a few necessary constitutions as a building block to sustain that community. These primary things we do have in the Bessemer area. A community needs industry or jobs. It needs stores that support the needs of the people. It needs various places of worship. It needs security like a police department. It also needs a place to educate our children in the community.
When I moved to the Gogebic Range in 1993, my wife and I looked at all the surrounding towns and decided that Bessemer is where we wanted our daughter and son to grow up, and more importantly, get their education. We could feel the small town cohesiveness among the community and we are so very happy we made the choice of Bessemer schools.
My daughter and son both went through elementary, junior high and high school in Bessemer. After graduating, my daughter has her master’s degree and is working in her field of study. My son was able to get his four-year degree in just three years due to his ability to take some college courses as a senior at Bessemer and is working in his field of study.
There are many improvements that the bond issue will address to make our school the best it can be, however, I am prone to think about the safety and security of our school children. My life has been devoted to serving and protecting as a law enforcement officer for over 29 years. I know through my training and experience that a “yes” vote will continue to protect our children in our community.
Now we do not have any children in the school and still live in the Bessemer Area School District. We are very much in favor of the bond referendum and will be voting “yes” on May 6.
Our community and our children are counting on everyone to keep this vital component thriving in our community, our school.