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Let’s try something new instead of more levies | Letter

You have to love the way everything gets turned around when politics and emotions get involved.

I would challenge you to find someone who is “anti-school or anti-children,” the label that is placed on a person just tired of government not paying for services it is responsible for. And there are the uninformed people who get caught up in not looking at facts but skew it into a dislike of children and schools.

We don’t get to vote on many of the pet projects that get funded; however, schools are always in need and special levies put in place. Does anyone look at the pie chart for their property tax bill? The state school funding is 22.39 percent of the total bill and the local school funding is 31.82 percent of the total bill. That is more than 54 percent and we still don’t have enough unless we pass this additional proposition.

It has nothing to do with wanting a “one room school house with a wood burning stove,” as Jill Stoddart suggests. It has to do with funding essentials first, then if there is enough left over for “environmentally sustainable” schools, go for it.

Many analysis report that building and paying the exorbitant prices for these “21st century schools” is not cost effective. By the time the cost is recouped, it is an outdated school and we will be right back with new bond measures for our emergency situation “for the kids.” And once they are voted in the first time, they seem to be in for a lifetime.

I am a grandmother and my daughter in-law is a teacher, so it is not at all that I am anti-school or anti-children. I am just practical.

Someone stated “why is it that teachers are the only profession that is underpaid?” It is true, when is the last time you heard plumbers, reporters, librarians or whoever are underpaid and we need to vote in more money for them? Many play on emotions to get these things accepted and point fingers to the “anti-school lobby.” Let's try something new and look at reality - what can we afford to do without new levies and putting a hardship on all. What a new idea.

Cindi Smith, Kirkland



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