I don’t get it. A family of three or four thinks nothing of spending $200 to $400 for tickets, refreshments and souvenirs to attend a baseball, basketball or football game. Kids today spend outrageous prices to see their favorite rock stars, and the price of four dinners to celebrate a special occasion costs $150 to $300.

None of the above outings usually lasts for more than three or four hours. Yet here we are today debating whether we can afford a comparable or less amount a year to support the Riverside-Brookfield High School District 208’s referendum.

Who are we kidding? In this day and age life is not easy. Due to world events and fast-paced society, our current generation lives more for today and tends to put the future on the back burner. For our children’s sake, we can’t follow this mindset.

My own children are grown, I’m a senior citizen, and retirement is right around the corner. Yet, I still have a vested interest in the RB referendum. Whenever the word, “referendum” is mentioned, the attitude that “the sky is falling” and “we are going to wind up in the poor house” surfaces.

However, for some reason, that train of thought doesn’t come into play when we are buying our sporting event tickets, concert tickets, or enjoying a night on the town. This referendum is important to me, because I am personally thankful for the citizens in the past who

worked hard and had to make the same decisions we are confronted with today.

I’m thankful they made the right choices which enabled me and my generation to receive the best education possible at Riverside Brookfield. Also, the better the school district, the higher our property values. …

I have heard people comment, “I received an education at Riverside-Brookfield High School in its present state and I’m doing all right.”

That’s like saying, “Abraham Lincoln read by the fireplace, what’s wrong with that?”

Why not use this opportunity to combine an excellent teaching staff with updated and improved facilities to provide our students the cutting-edge education needed to compete and contribute in today’s society.

Other then their homes, where do most kids spend there time? Other than their parents, who might have the next greatest influence on their kids? The answers are simple, the place is their school, and the people are their teachers.

Dan Hull