The Ledger's quite long March 25 article, "Future schools and current needs," was propaganda drivel in support of the sales tax increase.

Costs were magnified and little or no mention of how to become more efficient, or do more with less. Or, heaven forbid, actually cut the budget.

I would like to suggest growth itself can pay for growth. More homes, more property taxes, same with sales tax, and on and on. If some teachers carry guns, then do we need to hire security guards? Increase the size of classes, cut overhead? In the real world we do it all the time.

Another recent hit to the school budget is failing schools, to which more money is mandated to try to improve them. Someone once said that the poor will always be with you. Maybe the same train of thought applies to failing schools?

Joyce Healey, Lakeland