Assad Meymandi: Invest in education

July 27, 2013 

Invest in education

Some 60 years ago, the founding fathers of the new North Carolina – transforming an agrarian society into an educational, technical and industrial state – folks like the late Bill Friday , Archie Davis, Gov. Luther Hodges and others saw the future salvation of our beloved state by heavily investing in education.

Their efforts have produced, among other things, a very strong UNC system of 16 campuses, parallel with the creation of the incomparable network of community colleges. They also advocated a strong N.C. Symphony, N.C. Museum of Art and other cultural and artistic institutions to attract educated and culturally inclined people to the state. Investing in education has paid off. N.C. economy has thrived because of its excellent public universities. UNC-Chapel Hill alone brings in annually around $900 million in research money and grants .

It is truly frightening to see what the legislature is doing to the budgets of UNC system, N.C. community college system and UNC-TV.

With the deep cuts in funding education, the next 60 years look bleak and onerous. As one citizen, I am asking not to cut taxes. I am willing to pay more than my fair share to spend on education.

Assad Meymandi

Raleigh

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