fatherof5 1 day, 22 hours ago on Letter - Send the current pool bond packing

"...education is more important than swimming," wrote the woman who last year lobbied against a bond that would have improved science education.

Here is last year's anti-education letter. (Note how much she still hates signs.)

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

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fatherof5 1 week, 4 days ago on Letter - Walla Walla School District wireless network complete

I meant that it is not a given anywhere - private or public sector - that projects will stay within budgets. (I have no sources to tell me which entity goes over budget more often than the other.) But given that the school district is spending our money, and that it is possible everything won't go as expected, they have a responsibility to report to us how it went. They are pleased to inform us that it went well.

Shouldn't they be pleased? Shouldn't we?

Instead, the comments here criticized the school district for reporting the good news as good news. They can't win.

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fatherof5 1 week, 4 days ago on Editorial: Obama’s plan for free college isn’t really free

The writer works for a conservative think tank, so you can throw objectivity out the window. Also, I disagree with all six of his reasons against Obama's proposal. One of his reasons cites the credit downgrade, which was entirely the fault of Obama's opponents by making a serious threat to not raise the debt ceiling.

I'd like to see a credible study that supports his conclusions. He cites none.

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fatherof5 2 weeks ago on Editorial: Obama’s plan for free college isn’t really free

Take a direct quote from my post and share a credible source that refutes it.

I'd also like to see your credible source on "what obamacare is costing us over the next five years...."

Here is one of several sources I could use for my deficit claim: http://news.investors.com/blogs-capital-hill/112012-634082-federal-deficit-falling-fastest-since-world-war-ii.htm

Here is an explanation of the debt by Business Insider. http://www.businessinsider.com/us-budget-deficit-2011-7

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fatherof5 2 weeks ago on Letter - Walla Walla School District wireless network complete

I will try to be more agreeable:

I agree, the school district should just keep quiet and not inform its constituents about how their money is being spent for fear of being criticized for sharing good stewardship.

And I shouldn't have jumped into the argument to "argue about anything." As a "lib," I should have left the arguing to the people you agree with and who started the argument.

And marketinsider is right: I suggested that "the private sector goes over budget as much as the government does." (even though I didn't say that)

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fatherof5 2 weeks ago on Editorial: Obama’s plan for free college isn’t really free

Obama has shrunk the deficit faster than any president since WWII. He's trying to bankrupt the country? By far the greatest factors contributing to the skyrocketing debt in 2008 were the unpaid-for wars, the Bush tax cuts, Medicare Part D, and the great recession. Obama was responsible for none of it. He inherited huge deficits and has shrunk them as much as possible each year without pulling back far enough to stall the recovery.

As I stated, education is an investment that pays dividends. Your ideas could bankrupt the country by allowing our infrastructure and our educational systems to wither. Austerity measures did great harm in Europe.

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fatherof5 2 weeks ago on Letter - Walla Walla School District wireless network complete

Amazing how the district met its responsibilities to its constituents and still manages to get criticized.

In private and public life, sometimes projects go over budget. This one didn't. That is a good thing. So they get criticized for letting their constituents know about how it went? Sigh....

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fatherof5 2 weeks, 2 days ago on Editorial: Obama’s plan for free college isn’t really free

We spent more than a trillion dollars on the Iraq war, and that did no one any good (except for investors in Halliburton). We spend more than $6 billion each year on military airplanes that the military says it doesn't need.

So, why exactly is it a bad idea to make a $6 billion investment in education that will better prepare hundreds of thousands of young adults each year for life-long, positive participation in our economy?

Sure there are costs. When you put away money for your retirement, that is a cost. But that isn't the end of the story. The investment has a long-term benefit that outweighs the cost. It is the same with education.

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fatherof5 2 weeks, 2 days ago on Letter - Tired of being taxed?

So the $100,000 over revenues, if I calculate this correctly, would average roughly $ .25 per month per citizen. That works for me.

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