Since my wife and I moved here a few years ago, we have seen and heard about Ohio's constant "drain" of high-tech and professional labor while labor jobs are routinely cut from plant closings.

During the same time, being Stow residents, we have witnessed school levy after levy fail because residents don't want to pay for the education of the community's children. Has anyone stopped to think that maybe one of the reasons these professionals are leaving our state is because they want a better education for their children?

Quality education, including college, is the only way our children are going to be able to compete in today's world. The only way Stow and Ohio will be to compete in today's world is to provide quality jobs and standards of living for its citizens. Without it, including quality education, we will simply fall farther behind and continue to lose our best people.

Geoff Richardson