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The aviary could be lost, or require destruction, as happened across Asia this winter with the recent discoveries of novel, emerging, flu strains. It really isn't a matter of if, so much as when.
The swimming pools and aviary are not money makers. How reliable has the golf course been ending fiscal years in the black. The average household has lost 6% of its spending power since 2009. I read the sentimental comments and wonder how many have learned to met payroll and live to a budget. The aviary people have tried to met their obligations and failed.
I disagree with your "not a large expenditure" position and think it is outside the bounds of the mission of the City of Walla Walla. "Iconic symbols" is not their business.
If Walla Walla is typical then people are more likely focused on their high levels of debt. Many voters see the water park, school bond, and aviary, as spend, spend, spend. Debt makes it hard to take the long view.
Don't take it personally.
With a declining income over the last three decades. fatherof5 and I may spend a quarter a month per person. An ever shrinking number of households in the future will not, nor should be required to pay.
The priorities for the city are water, sewage, courts, ems, fire and police, engineering, parks.
The grounds will require environmental clean-up as there's years of dung. It is always in danger of becoming ground zero to new flu strains.
We lost our flu shot round-up several years ago. That served to protect people. People are the greater investment than birds. If you want someone to step up and pay for the aviary year after year, find them.
The aviary is falling apart and the repairs cannot be put off indefinitely, nor can it become a hazard. The public haven't stepped up to pay the costs. They tried and failed. One Council member suggests needs require about one million dollars. No small endeavor.
The city and council has set its priorities correctly. I'm sorry to see it go, but the monies are needed elsewhere.
Burning witches is a sincere religious belief. Many sects themselves practice shunning.
I judge how different faiths and sects treat their women, the sick, disabled, elderly. I regard the "prosperity" doctrines as heretical to Christianity.
I think heaven and hell are the quality of people we choose to share our time among. YOLO
The council and attorney must still respect the 45% of the county voters who approved I-502. Their side did win, the local 55% opposed are no longer relative to the State Initiative. There are certainly medical marijuana patients who look forward to buy their medication lawfully. The Procedures the Washington State Health Department finally devised after a year of testimony were never so clear as I-502. The council should not thwart the implementation of I-502. There is a local market for the product and it should be allowed.
The auditorium was to have been updated as you report. That was two Bonds, Green Park and Sharpstein, and the new facilities building, past. Twenty years (?) since it was built. Those administrations, people, are long gone.
We in the building trades, familiar with the district, have repeatedly witnessed their failure to maintain the facilities. That has improved and I've greater confidence today.
We are largely in agreement faterof5, no apology necessary.
I’d liked the UB editorial this morning. I disagree. It brought to mind my earlier posting here, where my comments will be more germane.
Yes, schuelaw and fatherof5, many in this community have decades of memory of the school district and the construction of Wa-Hi fifty years ago. The current school board and superintendent are burdened by the poor choices their predecessors have done. You’re free to infer anything about the press and today’s media you like. Your replies to me, however, don’t correspond to anything I’d written.
I'd not called the auditorium a failure. I'd called its design inadequate from the beginning. I've recently read about building phased-projects. My comment above may indicate how well that's worked. Other remarks above, I'd read earlier this week, may require some fact-checking. Perhaps clarity of definitions?
"Wa-Hi is a 50 year-old series of buildings that have never been remodeled.“
How many walls must be knocked down and floor-plans changed? “Never” is incorrect with regards the north-wing of the Academic building and parts of the Commons.
The fitness center at Wa-Hi will be our third? I think so? Will this be the good money after the bad?
When I read these errors I don't know if they come from the district or hearsay? If they come from the district, then perhaps there's a reason the public lack trust.
That said, I support the bond.
Yes, it was so much better when the uninsured used ERs that raised all our rates and medical costs bankrupted families.
"The drama classes will still have no classrooms or storage capacity for sets and costumes"
The lack of these was known before the bond was passed and the building built. One only had to read and look at the informational flyers of that 1990s bond. These failures are in part why I lack trust of the district. Technology advances will probably make any new building inadequate within a short timeframe, the library and technology buildings being good examples.
I strongly support a new science building and Lincoln as the greatest priority due safety concerns and lab inadequacies.
Our secondary education model itself appears unsuited to the 21st century. That's another discussion for another time.
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