Three cheers to State Senator Rollie Heath for having the vision and courage to bring to Coloradoan’s attention the need to save and improve our public schools. His success in obtaining sufficient signatures to place on the ballot, in November, an opportunity for us to vote on what I believe is a very modest tax increase for a limited five years. Passage will result in $3 billion available to bolster our desperately needed education system. It would raise the income tax from 4.63 percent to 5 percent and the sales tax from 2.9 percent to 3.0 percent. Already, the critics are saying we should not raise taxes during a recession. Undoubtedly, these are the same critics who would say we should not raise taxes when the economy is booming because it will curtail the economic growth. To the critics I would say this is not a tax increase this is an investment in our state’s future. We can not compete in this highly competitive market place for jobs and economic growth without a well educated population and that requires a willingness to invest in education. I would hope the business community (large and small business owners and corporate executives) will rally around Senator Heath and give him the support he needs to have this legislation enacted. It is in their best interest. Indeed it is in every citizen’s best interest.