With classes at all area schools in session we can’t help but notice the exuberance that permeates our valley. The excitement generated by the start of a new school year can be infectious, and nowhere is that more true than the San Pedro Valley.

Unless you’re the kind of “flaming liberal” that politicians often chastise, it’s unlikely that news of a proposed sales tax increase in Cochise County will be well received. Digging deeper into the pocketbook to pay more for government services usually means less personal income for life’s essentials.