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PENINSULA: Opponents make a selfish argument

Letter by Brian O'Neill, Gig Harbor on Oct. 30, 2013 at 11:04 am with No Comments »
October 30, 2013 2:07 pm

Despite the many reasons for passing the Peninsula School District levy – failing structures and facilities, outdated technology and the need for enhanced school security – the vocal minority who begrudge our kids the same level of education they received are already loudly urging people to vote no on Proposition 1. Theirs is a selfish argument.

As a parent whose youngest child is closing in on graduation, I have followed my kids’ sports teams to other schools in our region. What did I find? Brand new schools, updated buildings, refurbished stadiums and sparkling new facilities were everywhere.

In contrast, the Peninsula School District has repeatedly tightened its belt, failed to pass its bond measures and levies, and struggles to maintain its aging facilities and technology. Clearly, the voters in these districts place a higher priority on educating than do ours.

Critics of Prop. 1 have spun their false rhetoric (no, you will not pay 55 percent more on your taxes if it passes) and spread a pervasive attitude best summed up by several seniors my wife spoke to while doorbelling for the levy, “We have already given enough to schools.”

I say they are wrong. Forget paying it forward. Voters, especially the many retirees who enjoy the benefit of living in the Harbor, need to pay it backward just like the generation of retirees did when they were young. Vote yes on Prop. 1!

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