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ELECTION: R-52 means jobs and healthier schools

Letter by Owen Atkins, Tacoma on Oct. 18, 2010 at 1:10 pm with 3 Comments »
October 18, 2010 1:39 pm

I was surprised to see The News Tribune’s editorial attack on Referendum 52 (10-10-14). Quite simply R-52 is guaranteed to save taxpayers money, create jobs now and improve education.

Extending the life of just 20 percent of public school buildings in the state would save the taxpayers $68 million in debt service needed on the replacement buildings, and reductions in energy costs could save taxpayers $130 million per year. Projects all across the state are ready to begin construction as soon as the funds are available, which means more jobs – an estimated 30,000- starting right now in the hard-hit construction industry.

Students and teachers cannot wait for these building improvements. Lead, mold, asbestos, poorly ventilated air and high levels of carbon dioxide plague Washington schools, contributing to chronic illness, respiratory disease, lethargy and lack of focus.

It’s time to vote for clean air, healthier schools, and the economy by approving R-52.

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  1. Pecksbadboy says:

    Guaranteed be who, the government? What a joke!

  2. johnearl says:

    A guaranty generally indicates that there is somebody standing behind the transaction who will refund the purchase price or redo the work until satisfaction is achieved.

    Just who is it that is standing behind this transaction with the guaranty?

  3. ktcmairman says:

    And how much did the Puyallup School Ditstrict spend on Emerald Ridge High School???
    Such Taj Mahals that the District builds.
    You want to give the worst enemy of our society more money???

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