Investment we can afford

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Keeping education costs down and promoting a greener future for Maine are two of the most important issues for students who learn and work in the state’s higher education institutions.

It’s important for the thousands of Maine students who attend the public universities and colleges that classes are held in buildings that are energy efficient and that can reduce energy costs.

Consequently, we urge support for Question 2 on the June ballot. The $26.5 million bond issue provides $15.5 million for critically needed energy upgrades on all campuses of the University and Maine community college systems and at Maine Maritime Academy.

Here at the University of Southern Maine, work could begin on making Bailey Hall in Gorham and Luther Bonney Hall and the Science Building in Portland more energy efficient, thus saving money.

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Funds also would establish an offshore wind energy demonstration site, leading to a greener future for Maine with less dependence on oil.

This is an investment we can afford and need to make.

As students, it is important to use our vote to support the public universities that are providing the education we need to become competitive, active citizens.

Ashley A. Willems-Phaneuf, Windham

USM student body president

Alison Parker, Portland

39th Student Senate Chair

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