I am so proud that we in Wise County have a community college. A few years ago, when we voted on the tax for the college district, I was once again proud to see Wise County citizens vote for this tax. I appreciate the work our elected officials do for us, especially our county commissioners. I’ve always enjoyed that I can sit back and let them make spending decisions for us, and they always do a great job.
I about choked on my potato chip when I read that the county commissioners approved a $150,000 expenditure to get cell phones working inside of the new college. Why do we need cell phones inside the school? Heck, my understanding is that the teachers and professors at colleges have a hard time getting students to turn off their cell phones and not use them in class! I am currently working on a graduate degree at a university in the Metroplex, and cell phones don’t work inside of our building. I have to go outside if I want to make a call. What’s wrong with that?
“So,” you ask, “what if there is an emergency?” What did we do before cell phones? If it’s that big of an emergency, call the school and someone will deliver a message to the classroom. In the meantime, call 911! “Well, the professors and staff need their cell phones.” Why? Don’t they have landlines at the school? Most businesses ban their employees from using personal cell phones at work. Why is the college any different?
Maybe I’m missing something. I’ve been wrong before. But do we really need to spend $150,000 to get cell service inside a college? When you get your property tax bill in the coming days, look at it, and then remember that over $100,000 of your tax dollars are going toward ensuring that students and teachers can use their cell phones and text messages inside our new community college.