Want, need and school bonds


Having just received a copy of the “Focus on Education” newsletter from Walla Walla School District, with its accompanying extolation of the wonderful new high school facilities, there are some things here I wish to point out to those who will take the time to read this.

The verb “to need” in the use of politicians and bureaucrats needs to be redefined — by us, the ones paying ever increasing shares of our earnings for extras that have been deemed necessities or slipped in with them. We can, if we so desire, perform this redefinition through the means available to us as citizens, with our vote.

The high school does need more classrooms, there is not any argument there. The argument is that government spending is out of control on all levels now. We the people have the power to change this.

The problem is not “them,” it is us. The line between “need” and “want” has become very blurry in the last five decades. A huge percentage of the things we now need are not needs at all, and are rather personal desires or conveniences for ourselves or others that have been adjusted to be needs, or slipped in, by some means. The resolution to this out-of-control spending must and can only start here, with us, the ultimate payers of every cent spent by the collective local, state, regional, national and federal governments and affiliated organizations.

Send the levy proposal back with a “no” vote. Tell them to leave in what is needed and take the rest out. Start here, start telling the politicians and bureaucrats: Enough!

Let us lead by example, our own example, here at the local level, which is after all where all great things in this country began. It is time for the politics and direction in this country to begin again flowing in the direction they were intended to flow when the Constitution was written – from us to “them.”

Francis Clarke

Walla Walla



barracuda says...

Crickets Chirping.........

Posted 4 February 2013, 6:36 p.m. Suggest removal

Iopine says...

Excellent letter - obviously written by a person that is living in the real world. Can't imagine fatherof5 hasn't been on here already with his scripted propaganda!

Posted 4 February 2013, 6:57 p.m. Suggest removal

fatherof5 says...

Yup, I was here, but I left my script at home and didn't know how to respond without it. You see, Ms. Clarke understands Wa-Hi's needs so well that she thinks the bond is primarily about "more classrooms," instead of enlarging and improving the ones that already exist. What do I say to a critic of the bond who hasn't read what is in it?

Respectfully, this letter simply represents someone with frustrations on a national level, who hasn't researched the needs at Wa-Hi, but believes saying "no" to the bond will magically have a ripple effect and somehow lower the national debt. In fact, the only impact a "no" vote will have will be to delay some pretty important educational improvements at our high school.

She believes it is "out of control government spending" to remodel a high school after 50 years of intensive use, when EVERY other large district in the region has done so within the past 30 years. "Out of control government spending" is just rhetoric that does not reasonably apply to this bond.

So, why would I respond to that? (But you know I can never resist responding to you guys.)

Posted 4 February 2013, 9:40 p.m. Suggest removal

barracuda says...

Just happy we are about done.....

Posted 4 February 2013, 9:52 p.m. Suggest removal

Iopine says...

Happy New Year!!! :)

Posted 5 February 2013, 6:25 a.m. Suggest removal

fatherof5 says...

Yes, and to you too, namvet. Valentine's Day is just around the corner. Do you have plans? :)

Posted 5 February 2013, 6:56 a.m. Suggest removal

Iopine says...

Yep - got some dandelions coming up I can probably substitute for roses! :)

Posted 5 February 2013, 6:13 p.m. Suggest removal

blue_streak says...

I think Fatherof5 pretty much nailed it.

Nothing in Francis's letter makes any attempt to clarify what might be a "want" rather than a "need" in the plans to update WaHi.

Airconditioning? New bathrooms? Energy efficiency? Science labs suited for the 21st Century? What exactly should be thrown out of the modernization plan to "stop the flood of out-of-control spending?"

It would help to know that . . . and then it would help to understand how short-changing a few more WaHi graduating classes would somehow convince policymakers in Olympia or Washington DC to start cutting out their share of the unspecified "wants."

Posted 5 February 2013, 7:07 p.m. Suggest removal

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