Lottery could help state

Letter to the editor

Posted: Tuesday, May 04, 2004

I have been keeping up on what is happening in the state even though I am currently attending classes in Washington, at ITT. I have been reading about the mess that our young generation is going to have to deal with when they go back to school in the fall, and to be honest with you it really scares me. In my composition class we had to write an argument paper and I decided to do mine on school funding. The neat thing about doing this paper is you start a debate and you get feedback on the topic. One of the guys in class brought up the fact that where he came from (Georgia) they were having the same dilemma, and he told me what they did to help the school system. He said, "Believe me it's all in the state lottery. As long as you regulate it and make sure that all the money (except the fee of the lottery itself) goes to the schools, you won't have another problem."

At first I thought that he was joking, but he made me really think that if Georgia can do it, then why can't Alaska? I mean, our children's education should not be put on the butcher's block, the way that it has been. I just hope that someone important will read this and try to run with the idea.

Michelle Rosenblad

Bothell, Wash.

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