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.