Other than the defense of our nation and that of our individual liberties, there's little more important, among our responsibilities, than ensuring the rigorous education of our children, so that all can become intelligent, productive and self-reliant participants in America's brighter tomorrows. A key to fulfilling that responsibility, beyond insisting on excellent teaching, is the availability of well-equipped facilities, further nurturing foundational-learning within a positive instructional environment. It's for that very reason that we ask all local voters to say YES to the vital- continuation of EPLOST. To be clear, this isn't an additional one-cent hike. It's simply a continuation of an educational-support penny already long in place. Note also that an estimated 40% of those pennies come from area visitors, by virtue of the local purchases they make. As the saying goes, that's a mighty "sweet" deal for residents, and reason alone to renew.