To the Journal editor:
In all four years that I attended Marquette Senior High School, I was a part of the music program. It became a huge part of my life; from the classroom to the field. Now, as changes are being made, I look back and see that I sometimes took it all for granted.
Know this; I fully support the MSHS music program. But I also know that changes need to be made and cuts must happen. Like everyone else, I'm saddened by the changes to the music program and wish that it was something else being changed. However, I also feel that we all need to step back and look at this from the perspective of the school board and officials. What would you do? Our budget is only so big and the average citizen isn't willing to add to their taxes every year to pay for a millage.
They're doing the best that they can. People must understand that there is change coming, whether we want it or not. And unfortunately, we don't always get what we want. We're lucky to still have part of the music program. So instead of arguing, complaining, whining, and turning against each other about it, we need to move forward and figure out a way to make things work.
There are plenty of MSHS band graduates around that could volunteer their time to make the marching band possible. Dr. Ludwig has taught us well, now it's time for people to step up and help. We all know how much commitment and time it takes; not one person should have to do it all.
Therefore, gather up a group of people. In the words of Margaret Mead, "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."
Marquette is a strong community that has pulled through many things. We can certainly do it again.