Vote ‘yes’ for Walla Walla’s future


I was out of town much of the month and have just spent the afternoon catching up on three weeks of Union-Bulletins. When reading all the news about our community in one sitting, I couldn’t help but notice a pattern.

I saw numerous reports of people arrested for driving under the influence, for possession of drugs/paraphernalia, burglaries, assaults, graffiti and domestic violence. I see reports of juveniles and adults pleading guilty to these charges. There was even a dissolution listed where one party was also arrested for drugs.

I see letters accusing officials of wanting to line their pockets and focusing on their own agendas rather than working for the greater good. I read opinions that “no information voters” elected our president based only on their emotions and not information. Finally, I see numerous suggestions that the Walla Walla High School modernization bond is frivolous and unnecessary and all that is needed are “a few space heaters and a power cord.”

Our community is struggling because our young people don’t have skills and opportunities to make better choices for themselves. If we want a mature, thoughtful, unincarcerated, sober, employed, educated voting population who is able to sort through and understand the myriad issues facing them and make informed decisions to elect the best officials who will take our communities and country forward, then we need to step up to the plate, cowboy up, put our big kid underwear on and approve the Wa-Hi modernization bond.

The world is much different than it was when most of us went to high school. Information, which is knowledge, is dynamic. It flows and changes quickly and constantly.

Modern, technologically-equipped and safe learning/teaching facilities are not a luxury in this day and age, they are basic and essential to ensure that our young people are capable and competitive in the 21st century.

I love living in Walla Walla and chose to return here 12 years ago to raise my children in this wonderful community. I will vote “yes” for the Wa-Hi modernization bond and encourage you to do the same for your children’s future, for your neighbors’ children’s future and for Walla Walla’s future.

Sarah Michelson

Walla Walla



wwguy7 says...

I am sorry Sarah, but modernizing Wa Hi is not going to fix the problems that you mentioned. These are societal problems. These are parents not holding their children accountable, and frankly, not caring enough about them to put them on a path to success. We are a society that is filled with entitlement. We always have our hands out, wanting somebody else to do something for us.

It's time to stop blaming our societal problems on issues like Wa Hi not having Ipad's for every student. While this is an example and would be great, it is not going to stop child A from joining a gang and becoming incarcerated.

Let's take a look at society, and fix what we can there. While I am a supporter of the Wa Hi bond, I get tired of citizens making excuses. We as a society need to step up, and do something about these issues. While moderninzing Wa Hi may have a small part in helping, I think your letter is far fetched by stating that modernizing a school will keep kids out of jail.

Posted 29 January 2013, 1:12 p.m. Suggest removal

Iopine says...

If you have been out of town for most of the month maybe you haven't noticed that us peon's paycheck went downhill at a dead run and every other tax and food cost went through the roof. Obviously you think that the way to make children smart is to put up a brand new high school and WAAALAAA - everybody will graduate with a 4 GPA. I hate to inform you but that is not a cinderella story with the pixie dust!

Posted 29 January 2013, 6:19 p.m. Suggest removal

fatherof5 says...

Namvet, can you make your arguments without using either an over-exaggeration or a mis-characterization in every sentence? Maybe spread them out or something?

Posted 30 January 2013, 1:08 p.m. Suggest removal

Iopine says...

Did you get the point? Actually every thing that I have read you just outlined in your post.

Posted 30 January 2013, 6:05 p.m. Suggest removal

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