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8/5/2014 1:33:00 PM
Letter: Post-secondary education is a regional issue


During a recent meeting, a sitting Verde Valley mayor indicated to the rest of that municipality's governing council that they should only consider the benefits that Yavapai College brings to their town in deciding whether or not to adopt his proposed resolution regarding improved communications.

It was unsettling that he was unable to broaden his view to include our fellow citizens in the other communities on the east side of Mingus Mountain.

He spoke of the past - of the construction that was done and the taxes received. He talked of large employment but not that it is declining along with the course offerings. His vision of the future was structured heavily upon the wine industry.

There was no mention of all that has been lost or never existed on the Verde Campus. According to this local leader, post-secondary education for our citizens is not a regional issue in the Verde Valley.

Should we ignore possible future benefits of an increase in educational programs, jobs and tax revenues because one little community perhaps got more in return then they paid out in the past. No one who wishes to learn, should have that desire limited. One would think that the editorial board of our regional newspaper might have a lot or at least something to say about this.

Carol Cain


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