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We weren’t bragging

Klaus and Sabine Henkel, Gardnerville

We also were opposed to the use of public funds in order to allow local teen-agers a trip to Washington, D.C.

Anybody was free to contribute any amount in order to send the children on their”once -in-a-life time experience” tour. Hopefully, the goal would be reached. If not, heartbroken band members would have had a brutal lesson in life: not all dreams and wishes come true. And not exactly in line with our new president’s philosophy of self-reliance, public funds were used in order to allow the group to, “hopefully, catch a glimpse of Mr. Bush” and to “take in the sounds and sights” of Washington, D.C.

We are not shy to say that we are notbragging to have “helped” send the kids to the East Coast in order to stand on a street corner for a few hours, an “experience thatepitomizes the goals of our educational system.” What’s next, a taxpayer-fundedjourney around the world for the (fill in the blank) team to experience an”ultimate once-in-a-lifetime, out-of this-world” education? Since certain agencies seem to spend our taxes so freely on travel, we will keep this in mind the next time we are asked to surrender more of our hard earned money to them.