By FranklinStover

Come this November, Fortunans will go to the polls to decide the fate of Measure U, the ballot measure designed to consolidate two school districts into one district. By now, most of you know that under this plan, the Fortuna and Rohnerville School Districts would be unified (should the measure pass), and an interim board would be formed to figure out how the new district should be structured. The big plus to all involved would be lower operating expenses and more money to go around for programs that have been snuffed out due to severe State budget cuts. It's the one trump card Fortuna schools can pull out in a time seen as dire, and I'm glad Fortuna has that to utlilize. There have been at least two attempts I know aimed at consolidating Fortuna schools. Those attempts failed to gain the popular vote many years ago, primarily because the economy of the region and of the nation was considerably better, and schools were doing fine with what funding they received. If any of you remember the earlier failed attempts to consolidate, special consideration should be given to economic times, when Fortuna once was a force to reckon with. If you are a long-time resident of the area, pause for a moment to consider the economy of the Eel River Valley just 20 to 30-years ago to the present. To my way of thinking, there's no logical reason to vote no on this measure. If you think you have a good argument to not support Measure U, write a Letter to the Editor of the Humboldt Beacon.