I attended the Educate Worthington meeting Oct. 2 as part of the "pro-levy opposition." I have children in the schools, and I am a right-leaning, self-proclaimed conservative.

To the Editor:

I attended the Educate Worthington meeting Oct. 2 as part of the "pro-levy opposition." I have children in the schools, and I am a right-leaning, self-proclaimed conservative.

John Herrington explained the current state of affairs from his perspective. I empathized with objections to higher taxes and unsustainable spending. Kelly Kohls, president of the Springboro Board of Education, took it further, saying the school board there changed the system by defeating five straight levies.

I parted ways with both of them at their conclusions: Stop funding to the detriment of our kids, and do it like they did in Springboro -- defeat a bevy of levies to show them "we mean business."

In the middle, between the unsustainable spending by the schools and a defeated levy resulting in cutting programs and services, are both our kids and our community. The kids are in the cross hairs of opposing political views. Our community has the potential to become divided and angry. I don't want Worthington to end up like Springboro.

We need to pass this levy because of our current circumstances and because it is good for our community. We can also make sure that our elected school board members have our best fiscal interests in mind and do not concede to the brinkmanship of cutting programs.

There is common ground. Let's meet there.

Ben Minister
Thomas Worthington
Class of 1996