Letter - Why is Wa-Hi bond being oversold?


As I was coming home from church Sunday I observed so many signs saying: “Vote Yes on the bond for Wa-Hi,” but there was not one saying “Vote No on the bond for Wa-Hi.”

Do you think this is overkill on the School Board’s and bond supporters’ part. Do you have to oversell if it is worth it.

You know when you have to advertise too much, something is wrong. Think about it. Do you want your property taxes to go up?

Remember what the School Board did with the overage on Edison School. It never came back to the voters. Why should we trust them now?

Rosey Swanson

Walla Walla


ALWWWA 1 year, 8 months ago

When I was on MY way home from church on Sunday, I was feeling overjoyed at the sight of so many people who support schools enough to put a sign in their yard!! I'm very excited to vote YES for this bond. Yes, my property taxes will increase a tiny bit, but living in a community where kids will get excellent science education will make it more than worth it.


fatherof5 1 year, 8 months ago

The three most recent anti-bond letters in the U-B have argued the following:

  • Vote NO on new science classrooms because some kid littered in a parking lot;

  • Vote NO on new science classrooms because some kids opt to take advantage of off-campus programs like Running Start (where they can earn college credit);

  • And my new favorite: Vote NO on new science classrooms because the supporters of this bond have been so eager in their support, that they have put up too many yard signs, which proves the bond is bad because if it were good, they wouldn't need promote it with so many yard signs.

Seriously, these are the reasons for "no" in the three most recent letters.

Rational arguments for "no" could look like this:

  • Walla Walla is already paying more in school taxes than most of its neighbors;

  • Local science experts say the current classrooms are just fine;

  • Wa-Hi has already spent a lot of remodeling money on the science rooms over the past 50 years.

Do you know why no one is using these arguments? Because they can't. In fact, the opposite of each is true.

If you are on the fence about this bond, please make sure your decision is based on solid reasoning. Come to the science building open house on the evenings of Thursday, March 27, and Monday, March 31, from 6-8 p.m. and see for yourself.


Calzaretta 1 year, 8 months ago

Well said. Let's hope logic prevails.


fatherof5 1 year, 8 months ago

Also, regarding this statement: "Remember what the School Board did with the overage on Edison School. It never came back to the voters. Why should we trust them now?"

First, what to do with the "overage" in the 2006 Edison bond was written into the bond voters approved, specifying right there on the ballot that the money would be spent on additional capital projects. So, that board was following through on the will of the voters, as should be expected.

Second, this is a brand new school board elected by the community, so why not trust them? They are just citizens like you and me who care about our schools.

Third, whether or not you choose not to trust them on this issue, they specifically wrote into this bond that any excess money would be returned to the voters. So, that's a done deal.


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