Dear Editor and Devils Lake community:

When I collaborated with Bill O’Reilly to write the #1 New York Times bestselling young adult history Lincoln’s Last Days, I was reminded of my Devils Lake roots, how far my career had taken me, and how lonely in the beginning that journey was.

When I collaborated with Bill O’Reilly to write the #1 New York Times bestselling young adult history Lincoln’s Last Days, I was reminded of my Devils Lake roots, how far my career had taken me, and how lonely in the beginning that journey was.

I graduated from Central High in 1971. Opportunities for artistic expression existed back then, of course, but facilities and support were scattered and limited. It was a different time.

So it was with great interest and excitement when I learned about plans for the Fine Arts Center. Benjamin Franklin said, “The only thing more expensive than education is ignorance.” That applies as much to the arts as it does to math and the sciences. Studies have proven that students instructed in the arts are more disciplined, work harder and have higher math and reading scores.

I am writing to urge your support for the Fine Arts Center and to vote “Yes” for the bond issue on March 21, 2017. Just as no carpenter or mechanic would build a house or repair a car with a half-full tool kit, students in the Devils Lake public school system need a full education tool kit so they can meet the challenges they will face in life and become responsible citizens.

Thank you for your time.
Kindest regards,
Dwight Jon Zimmerman,
Brooklyn, NY