Letter - Why is Wa-Hi bond being oversold?


As I was coming home from church Sunday I observed so many signs saying: “Vote Yes on the bond for Wa-Hi,” but there was not one saying “Vote No on the bond for Wa-Hi.”

Do you think this is overkill on the School Board’s and bond supporters’ part. Do you have to oversell if it is worth it.

You know when you have to advertise too much, something is wrong. Think about it. Do you want your property taxes to go up?

Remember what the School Board did with the overage on Edison School. It never came back to the voters. Why should we trust them now?

Rosey Swanson

Walla Walla



ALWWWA says...

When I was on MY way home from church on Sunday, I was feeling overjoyed at the sight of so many people who support schools enough to put a sign in their yard!!
I'm very excited to vote YES for this bond. Yes, my property taxes will increase a tiny bit, but living in a community where kids will get excellent science education will make it more than worth it.

Posted 25 March 2014, 3:20 p.m. Suggest removal

fatherof5 says...

The three most recent anti-bond letters in the U-B have argued the following:

- Vote NO on new science classrooms
because some kid littered in a
parking lot;

- Vote NO on new science classrooms
because some kids opt to take
advantage of off-campus programs like
Running Start (where they can earn
college credit);

- And my new favorite: Vote NO on new
science classrooms because the
supporters of this bond have been so
eager in their support, that they
have put up too many yard signs,
which proves the bond is bad because
if it were good, they wouldn't need
promote it with so many yard signs.

Seriously, these are the reasons for "no" in the three most recent letters.

Rational arguments for "no" could look like this:

- Walla Walla is already paying more in
school taxes than most of its

- Local science experts say the current
classrooms are just fine;

- Wa-Hi has already spent a lot of
remodeling money on the science rooms
over the past 50 years.

Do you know why no one is using these arguments? Because they can't. In fact, the opposite of each is true.

If you are on the fence about this bond, please make sure your decision is based on solid reasoning. Come to the science building open house on the evenings of Thursday, March 27, and Monday, March 31, from 6-8 p.m. and see for yourself.

Posted 25 March 2014, 7:48 p.m. Suggest removal

Calzaretta says...

Well said. Let's hope logic prevails.

Posted 26 March 2014, 1:54 p.m. Suggest removal

fatherof5 says...

Also, regarding this statement: "Remember what the School Board did with the overage on Edison School. It never came back to the voters. Why should we trust them now?"

First, what to do with the "overage" in the 2006 Edison bond was written into the bond voters approved, specifying right there on the ballot that the money would be spent on additional capital projects. So, that board was following through on the will of the voters, as should be expected.

Second, this is a brand new school board elected by the community, so why not trust them? They are just citizens like you and me who care about our schools.

Third, whether or not you choose not to trust them on this issue, they specifically wrote into this bond that any excess money would be returned to the voters. So, that's a done deal.

Posted 25 March 2014, 9:46 p.m. Suggest removal

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