LETTER: Your vote matters on bond measures

Aug. 29, 2013 @ 04:58 AM

To the Editor:

Ghost town — just saying or reading the word conjures up images of neglected towns and downtrodden people who had to move elsewhere to secure a livelihood. In contrast to old Western movies, modern-day towns become ghost towns because the economic activity that supported it has failed and high levels of unemployment are common. Obviously, no one wants Sanford to become a ghost town. But, we have to be responsible and make the bold moves and commitments that are necessary to ensure our quality of life. We have remained stagnant for far too long, and we have the empty and abandoned buildings to prove it.

We have the opportunity to pass four bond issues that will impact the quality of life in our town for many generations. And, take a look around our town. Take it upon yourself to venture outside of Sanford and compare other communities. In our efforts to attract business and industry, we have strong competition. Other towns and communities are years ahead of us in rebuilding and strengthening their downtown/community revitalization efforts.

It doesn't take a lot of courage, or vision, or even knowledge to say "no" to change. But, it does take vision, conviction, and a desire for community pride to say "yes!" I want to be a part of the solution and improve my community. Please consider the merits of the bond issues and imagine how their passage will impact you and your family. Imagine your children and grandchildren enjoying the benefits of your decision. And imagine those same children and grandchildren enjoying the benefits of actually finding a job in Sanford instead of having to move away for employment.

Your decision matters. It matters for all of us. We think an improved quality of life for our fellow citizens, and for our children and grandchildren, is worth it. Please vote yes for the bond issues. Thank you.

Christopher and Linda Rhodes