To the editor:
I just can't get over all the weeping and gnashing of teeth about Jackson voters turning down another tax increase. The 'Our responsibility' teacher's contribution to Speak Out is finally what prompted me to write. It's about time that all school districts figure out how to live within their means. Frankly, I think it's time for some radical restructuring in how public education is funded anyway. People who choose not to have kids should not be forced to educate those people that do choose to have kids. If that's too much to ask, then it's time for choice to play a role. Parents should be able to send their kids to a private school and in turn receive a tax credit. Let's get over the crying, folks, it's almost too much to bear.
JANE GAFFIGAN, Cape Girardeau