To the Editor:
This week we’re replacing our windows in our home. It’s been 25 years since the house was built and the windows no longer keep out the heat on a 90° day or a cold draft when the temperature dips below freezing. Believe me, it’s not an expense that we really want right now, especially with gas prices hovering at $4.00 a gallon and our oil bill for the past winter the highest it has ever been since we moved to Norton in 1993. We have a choice – continue to pay to heat our home each year and have some of that heat escape through the cracks and crevices in the window sills or “bite the bullet” and pay to have the windows replaced, ultimately saving us money on both heating and cooling our home in the long run. The decision has been made. Contractors provided proposals, windows were selected, the best price was negotiated and the installation team will be here bright and early tomorrow morning.
We have a similar choice on June 6th. Our town has a 40-year-old building with its share of wear and tear. It also has the original single-paned windows from the day Norton High School opened its doors. Can you imagine the heat that is escaping each year through those windows and the effect that has on the environment in the classrooms and the cost to heat the building? And while we’re on the subject of heat – the high school uses electricity to heat and cool the building. Not a very economical way to heat or cool a building of that size. These are just two of the many reasons why we as a town need to “bite the bullet” and fund the proposed renovations, repairs and addition for Norton High School. The time is now to get the best price for the repairs and renovations that are badly needed to this building. The feasibility study and schematic design phase of the project is complete. The next step is to pass the Norton High School renovation and sewer project article at the Special Town Meeting on June 6th.
So what will your choice be? We have an opportunity to make an investment in our town, our school and the future of our town’s children. Please join us in voting YES on June 6th and again during the ballot vote on June 11th.
Marie & Dave Thompson