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Letter: Don't settle for 'good enough'

I want to take a minute to review where we would be if we settle for "good enough" and I want to do it from the perspective of agriculture.

I would bet that if you drove around the countryside, you wouldn't find many farm operations that don't have at least one tractor newer than five years. Why was that tractor replaced? Wasn't it "good enough"? Getting the job done?

Perhaps the old tractor has 5,000 hours, it has become more costly to maintain and is less economical to operate. Newer tractors have more technologies that make operating them more efficient and comfortable. Not to mention less risk of costly maintenance.

How about planters, sprayers and combines? These implements have become much larger and productive even in the last 13 years I have been farming. Weren't the old four-, eight-, 12-row implements "good enough?" Now farmers have 24-, 36-, and 48-row equipment because they are more efficient and lower the per-acre cost to operate.

With progress comes a price tag, and farmers have been a progressive group to adapt to new efficient technologies on our farms, with equipment, herbicides and seed products continually trying to reduce our operating costs.

How about the cars, vans and pickups we drive? Don't most people replace them after they start to become more costly to operate and maintain?

Isn't that exactly what we need to do with our school? We don't farm like we did in the 1920s. Teachers don't teach like they did in the 1920s. Students learn differently than they did in the 1920s. Even with the price tag of improvement, we owe it to our kids, grandkids, communities and future generations to vote yes on Sept. 9.

After all, if we settled for "good enough," wouldn't we still be driving on dirt roads?

Phil Haen