We are in favor of the upcoming Beatrice school bond and here are a few reasons why. While some have said now is not a good time, it may, actually, be a good time as the Federal Reserve will likely raise interest rates sometime in 2017. If this happens, the interest cost of the bond issue will increase.

Another factor is that the current elementary buildings need expensive updating. For example, technology improvements are certainly needed. Furthermore, the cost of remodeling four separate buildings is, by itself, very expensive.

Third, when we look at economic development in our city, up-to date and modern facilities are very important in attracting not only businessmen and women, but pastors, professionals and others who may be planning to move to Beatrice.

But most important, we must consider the kids who are, of course, the future. They need every advantage that we can give them in what promises to be a very competitive world when they begin their careers. A good place to start is to vote for the Beatrice school bond.

Don and Janice Schnier, Beatrice

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