Elderly do reap benefits from public education

LaceyMarch 1, 2014 

I must respond to the letter of Charlie Brough printed in your paper on Feb. 14, 2014. I feel sorry for him because he questions the value of public education. Every American, including Charlie, benefits from a well-educated population.

Perhaps Charlie doesn’t realize that his Social Security benefits are being paid for, not by him, but the people working now and in the future. The better educated our young people are, the more income they will make, and the more that will be paid into the Social Security and Medicare systems. So, Charlie, you really do receive something for the money you pay.

By the way, I believe you never heard the statement that if you think the cost of education is expensive, wait until you see the cost of ignorance. I am a product of both public and private education and believe public educaiton is still the best system available. Paying taxes to support that program is part of being a good American, just like voting and serving in the military, which I do and did.

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