I served 24 years in the Air Force as an active duty pilot, as did my husband, Dave. Our service involved continuous global operations and many deployments to the Middle East over the course of three wars. As a result of our duty, and in spite of our desire to have more children, we were able to have only one child.
In 2006, we chose O'Fallon as the community to raise our son and eventually to retire. As a matter of principle, this community values all of its kids and prioritizes their needs -- sacrificing to ensure an excellent education is available to all. Dave and I identify with such citizens who are willing to set aside personal needs, give of their resources, and invest in the country's future.
Now our local community has the option of either stepping up in the face of a state budget crisis, and thereby preserving excellence in District 90, or walking away from that opportunity. Walking away abandons our kids and reduces the attractiveness of our community for future families. It's a choice that takes us backward, not forward.
We are prepared to sacrifice and hope others will join us to preserve excellence in District 90 with a "yes" vote on Tuesday.