Phil Zachary, co-chairman of the Friends of Wake County, is telling voters they “have an obligation” to pass the $810 million Wake County school bond issue.
In a YouTube video posted last week, Zachary talks about how the current quality of life in Wake “was all thanks to the planning and vision of leadership here in the 50’s and 60’s.” Zachary tells viewers they can’t afford to let it stop now.
Zachary says that passing the bonds would “honor the vision. the sacrifice” that “have been put in place here over the last half-century.” He says “this is our time” and “this is our stewardship in 2013.”
Here’s the text of the video:
"I think it's often difficult for those of us who live here in 2013 to truly understand that the quality of life that we enjoy here today is the benefit of decades of vision, sacrifice and commitment. Going back to the 1950s and 60’s, this didn't happen by chance. This best place to live in America, best place to raise a family, best place to start a business, best place to be an entrepreneur.
This was all thanks to the planning and vision of leadership here in the 50’s and 60’s. It can't stop now. We can't look out and say, ‘five years from now my kids will be out of school or I I don't have kids in public school, why does it matter now?’
Thank God no one had that conversation among themselves 50 or 60 years ago. Maybe they did, but fortunately the visionaries won out.
We have an obligation. This community has been good to my family and me for 27 years. I don't have any children in public school right now. People say to me ‘why are you involved with this?’ Because we have an obligation for the next generations of families and children to give them the same quality of life that we've been afforded. It's as simple as that. You give back when you can
We drink from a well that was dug 50 years ago. We’re now digging a new well for 50 years down the road.
I would say to the voters of Wake County, the opportunity to vote yes for this bond referendum is a privilege. If you enjoy living here as much as my family and I do, if you have benefited from the quality of life that really is uniquely Wake County, North Carolina, what a wonderful way to say thank you.
What a wonderful way to show your appreciation for all that this community has meant to you and your family. To honor the vision. the sacrifice, all the things that were done, the building blocks that have been put in place here over the last half-century.
This is our time. October 8th is the opportunity for us to say ‘Yes we appreciate it, confirm it, put an exclamation point on the end of the sentence,’ and say ‘let's go forward, we agree, we appreciate what you did back then and we're going to carry it forward. This is our stewardship in 2013.’”