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Magnolia Trace could help military families

Posted: January 4, 2012 - 1:03am  |  Updated: January 4, 2012 - 5:48am

Editor:

This is in response to Barry Paschal’s Dec. 4 column, “Snob appeal in opposition,” and is an appeal to all to consider the needs of young military families in this debate.

I’m retired military, now settling down in Evans. My view of Magnolia Trace and other such projects is that they are necessary to give a helping hand to young military families who want to live in the better neighborhoods of the Fort Gordon area.

I speak from experience. My family and I lived for a time in Howard County, Md., which has one of the best school systems in the country and some very exclusive neighborhoods, but they have found a way to mix-in lower-income housing.

Because of this, our family lived there for several years and our daughter greatly benefited by being challenged by some wonderful teachers. Now she is 22 years old, working full-time at an IT consulting firm and also attending college part-time.

We’re very thankful that Columbia County had the courage to not let their snobbery get in the way of assisting honest, hard-working folks who just needed some help to realize their dreams.

We hope this debate will take those people into consideration rather than just the impact on home values.

Randy Parkin

CMSgt (retired), USAF

Evans

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