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As a concerned taxpayer and business owner in the Sequim School District, I find it very disconcerting that all we hear about for the most part is for the Yes vote. I wonder how many people have had a good hard look at some of the facts for this vote.
I am writing in support of the school bond issue. A review of the job postings at Olympic Medical Center and Jamestown Family Health Clinic alone show that we are in urgent need of not only primary care providers and specialists, but also allied health providers such as physical and speech therapists, nurses and nursing assistants.
A suggestion to property owners, the ultimate taxpayers: Prioritize.
This April, we have the opportunity to create learning environments that encourage high academic performance. I’m writing to support secure schools, adequate spaces and a properly functioning educational system in Sequim.
Education is one of the most important issues facing America today. The U.S. ranks 24th in math and 16th in science among the major nations of the world.
Our community has supported Sequim Schools in the past. We now have the opportunity to make a significant improvement to our students’ learning environment.
On a spring day in 1957, my art teacher, Mrs. Dorcas Taylor, announced, “Get your sketch pads and pastels together. We are going outside to do some drawings from life.”
I have always lived on a budget, and have been against most bond issues because I either thought them unnecessary or overpriced. If I have to live on a budget, and do without, or make do with less, then government should be held to the same standard.
I am a proud Sequim High School 2012 graduate, and I voted YES for the school renovation plans.
As co-presidents of a Parent-Teacher Organizations here in Sequim, we see first-hand how special the Sequim School District is.
The Sequim City Council seems to have forgotten what it means to provide leadership for our community. If, by a 6-1 vote, the council can “provide general support” to the school district in “seeking voter approval to fund the acknowledged need for districtwide improvements in its education facilities,” why vote down a resolution supporting the bond issue?
At $154 million, the Sequim school board is asking approval for a huge amount of money, leading toward the billion-dollar state and federal level.
Imagine a Norman Rockwell Saturday Evening Post Cover and it‘s Sequim High School! People smile, “That’s our school … we can go there for everything!”
I was greatly dismayed at the recent Museum & Arts Center coverage (“A museum meltdown,” page A-1, Sequim Gazette, April 2), mostly because of what wasn’t mentioned.
We know the reasons why we should pass this bond: safety, dilapidated buildings, future costs. This isn’t going to go away. We also know that financially it is asking a lot of us.
As a person that just recently took a substantial pay cut, I watch where every penny goes today. I understand taxes are necessary for our shared basic needs and I expect accountability and responsible, conservative spending of my tax dollars.
I believe it would be irresponsible for us to vote yes on the upcoming School Bond Election … absolutely insane, in fact.
Why in the world would I vote for the Sequim school bonds? I’m in my seventies and have no children or grandchildren in the Sequim schools. If the bond issue wins, my property taxes go up. Does it make sense for me to support the school bonds?
The past two Saturdays I spent a few hours doorbelling in neighborhoods in support of the upcoming school bond.
We should be ashamed that we have not been paying enough taxes!