How choices are framed does matter


When my daughters were little it took them quite a while to realize my offer of “one cookie or two” didn’t tell the whole story. I’d framed the choice to suit my own purposes.

That memory comes to mind when I read about choices offered concerning Wa-Hi/Lincoln remodeling or building new.

Is there a survey somewhere telling which buildings are beyond repair and which ones could be renovated for considerably less cost than building new?

I appreciate the Union-Bulletin’s efforts to elicit citizen input but wonder if that is what the Walla Walla School Board and decision makers will use as a guideline.

What if the real need is for two schools to serve regular and alternative students? What if the plans for new buildings look back to 1960 instead of ahead to 2013 and beyond?

How can we find out? I’d like to know. Who can help?

Dorothy Knudson

Walla Walla


namvet60 1 year, 10 months ago

I believe that's what everybody would like to know!


barracuda 1 year, 10 months ago

Just wait...... I am guessing your question will be answered shortly......


fatherof5 1 year, 10 months ago

Okay, I'm chuckling too, barracuda. That was funny. But seriously, I don't actually understand her question about looking back to 1960 instead of forward to 2013 and beyond. Do you know what that means?


fatherof5 1 year, 10 months ago

This U-B article has links to a the report on Lincoln, which she could read to answer her question about the pros/cons of remodeling or building new. I haven't read it, since my interests lie more with Wa-Hi, but I assume the report explains the rationale for its recommendation to tear down the old school and build a new one. That was the question in her letter I did understand.

There is another U-B letter currently that is challenging the U-B to do a series of reports on the conditions and options of various WW school facilities. I think that would be a good idea.


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