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Letter to the Editor: Wrong Priorities


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By TIM D. PETERSON JR.
SALT LAKE CITY

In observation of the latest Utah legislative session, it appears that our governor and legislature have put a higher priority on chasing non-existent roads and paths on federal lands than on educating our children. Two million dollars have been appropriated to defend the existence of "ghost roads" in rural counties in southern Utah. At the same time, the money allocated for education in San Juan, Kane, Garfield, Wayne, Emery and Grand counties has been cut by 2.5 million dollars. According to the Salt Lake Tribune, Emery County alone stands to lose 10 teachers, and the average class size will go from 20 to 25 students. We must ask ourselves why the governor and legislature think old tracks are more important than educating our children. It seems to me that our governor and legislature have their priorities backwards. The needs of these rural counties would be much better served by providing education funding instead of pursing this fruitless and expensive "road hunt."

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