During the recent discussion about Jefferson County Schools, I was troubled to learn that many people don't think they should have to pay property taxes to support county schools if they don't have any children in school.

But speaking as a parent whose kids are long out of school, those people are wrong.

Our society is enriched by an educated populace. All our lives are enhanced by a system that provides the instruction and development necessary to produce competent, informed citizens. And that system can't exist without funding - from those who don't directly use it as well as those who do.

That's why it's called public education. Private schools can survive solely on the high tuitions and fees paid for by parents who can afford them, but they're beyond the means of the majority.

Your tax money goes to maintain all public parks whether you use them or not. Some of it's used to keep our roads in shape, even if you don't own a car. And you help pay for our libraries, even if you don't like to read. That's because they're all civic necessities.

People form societies to enjoy common benefits we couldn't possibly afford as individuals. And our public school system is not only one of the most important, it's also a responsibility we must all share.

Call and share your thoughts.

I'm Bill Lamb and that's my Point of View.