Letter - Walla Walla needs to support its high school

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We’ve got it good compared to other states, so let’s invest some of those savings in our kids.

One of the reasons we moved to Walla Walla from Southern California three months ago was because everyone we met here told us “it’s a great place to raise kids.” However, when we arrived, we heard something different. “The elementary schools are great,” neighbors said, but they couldn’t say the same about Walla Walla High School.

My husband and I were extremely surprised that, in a community so focused on family and quality of life, Wa-Hi has been so neglected. Even in our native California, where people are taxed to death (10 percent state income tax, 9 percent sales tax), they have still voted “yes” on nearly every school bond in support of improving educational programming and facilities.

Certainly, when it comes to taxes, I am very happy to now be a Washington resident. No state income tax? Low property tax? I’ll take that any day over California and will gladly pay an extra $80 a year to improve the local high school.

What a deal!

The Walla Walla community is known for being family friendly and a great place to raise children. That statement should not come with the asterisk: “*except for teenagers.”

We’ve got it good compared to other states, so let’s invest some of those savings in our kids. Please support the Wa-Hi bond proposal.

Michelle Ma

Walla Walla

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