Letter - Don’t succumb to frustration

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We each have a responsibility.

To the 3,943 (as of April 22) who voted no to the Walla Walla High School science building bond — let the School District leadership know directly why you did so.

To the 4,300 who voted yes — don’t give up, and work even harder.

To the thousands who chose not to vote or pay attention — this is your community, too.

There is a critical connection between today’s investment and our collective quality of life tomorrow. Let’s not allow our feelings of powerlessness and frustration with state/national government prevent us from doing what’s right at home.

Cindy Widmer

Walla Walla

Comments

wwguy7 1 year, 2 months ago

Thank you for the rational letter Cindy. My biggest frustration is the lack of voters, and the lack of educated voters, meaning voters who acutally went to see the facilities at Wa Hi.

Hoping that we can get this situation figured out before our community crumbles from the lack of educational support.

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barracuda 1 year, 2 months ago

So, only the un-educated voted no? Really? And if someone (I went) didn't go to WA-Hi and looked at this proposal first hand, you call them un-educated? Really?

So, If someone was to view the videos and paperwork flyers that was available to us and we liked the proposal... It is ok to vote yes?

But God forbid after we viewed the info, we want to vote "no" it was not enough education?

Well, I got some bad news for you..... Some people who were in your views "educated" and went to the school, looked at the videos and read the paperwork might have been saying WAIT! This is wrong!

Maybe they were saying: This is wrong..... Wrong plan... Wrong amount...... Wrong time due to CP Hi...... Wrong time due to too many bonds..... Wrong time due to personal finances..... Wrong item being re-modeled..... Wrong school..... Wrong, we don't trust this school board due to the past..........

Some of us are not "sheeple" and try not to follow the leaders word for everything. We try to think for our selves! Every time a bond issue comes up, it will bring a different set of circumstances with it.

Please don't insult us and say that only the educated voted yes. That would be a sign of being truly "un-educated".

Signed: Not Bill Anderson

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wwguy7 1 year, 2 months ago

If you read my post, uneducated was not meant as a slur. I didn't mean it in the context of "no higher education." I clearly stated : "voters who actually went to see the facilities." It has nothing to do with education in the traditional sense.

I can guarantee you that people voted no based on what they have heard, rather than making an informed decision. That is all that I was saying. I wish that more people had educated themselves on this bond issue.

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wwguy7 1 year, 2 months ago

Please don't take this as an insult. If you did actually educate yourself on the issue, and look at the facilities, thank you. I know that you don't have to actually tour the facilities to educate yourself, but I feel that it would be an eye opening experience for a lot of voters.

Thank you for educating yourself on the issue by using all of the means available. I realize that this may not include a facilities tour, and that's ok. If you truly educated yourself on the bond proposal and still voted no, I can respect that. My point is that I feel a majority of voters don't educate themselves on the issues that are voted on, and that is what is upsetting to me.

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tpeacock 1 year, 2 months ago

I'm guessing most people that read your response knew exactly what you were saying.

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wwguy7 1 year, 2 months ago

I assumed that it was pretty self explanatory, but I suppose it wasn't if even 1 person misunderstood. Barracuda's response was the last thing that I expected.

I guess it's a lesson in communicating digitally. It's hard to convey a message while typing. I apologize to anybody that was offended.

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barracuda 1 year, 2 months ago

My original point was....... And what I meant to imply and say: Is that a person might take a tour of WaHi, read pamphlets, study the issues.. and STILL might vote no.... Ever think that this could be the case? If you go read my original reply, I said people might not want to vote "for" this bond due to some of the reasons I stated above... I was not referring to a "truly non-educated" person etc. Sorry is it came across as such!

I too feel that WW should be ashamed for low voter turnout. But as you believe a higher turnout might mean more positive votes, I say, some of the non-educated voters who really did vote, voted yes uninformed, just voting yes because there were 75 Yes signs on Second and Tieton intersection. That is wrong too.

My "beef" is this, I went and took a tour WaHi, read flyers, watched the online videos, read all of these blogs, consulted on several occasions with Fatherof5 (on this site) and still came to the conclusion that I had many problems with this vote. And I am sorry, I cannot think of any way to "educate" myself better than that!

So, my statement was/is.... I was/am educated on this matter.... and yet you tell me that if I was educated on this matter, I could not help but be a positive voter...

I say, no one can be so foolish to believe that if you can except the premise that after educating myself I would obviously would vote yes. You have to realize that a person who is originally for the bond can get educated on the issues and then that person can change his mind and then vote no, for any or all of the reasons above.

If you accept the fact that the education will only mean a positive vote, than there is a problem!

Again, after rereading my original statement, I don't see how you could come to any conclusion other than this but, I didn't mean to come off as being insulted about the education part. Honestly, I didn't take it as a slam on Non-educated people... I knew what you meant and I tried to convey my thought bases on those issues too. Sorry again.

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barracuda 1 year, 2 months ago

Also, as a follow up.....

There should never be a single item bond vote. How much money was spent on this failed attempt?

Some voters said: "I don't need to send my ballot in. By not voting I am voting no".

I actually had this conversation with another voter.... And I just had to agree with her, technically, by not utilizing her voting rights, she voted no.....

I wonder how many others did this?

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