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Karen Monson July 23, 2014 at 11:16 AM
I believe he responded to your message with a message which said in it's entirety "ThankRead Moreyou&qu ot;. As far as not wanting us in Gig Harbor because we spent money to oppose propositions we do not agree with, we are staying. We love this community, contrary to what others believe. In the meantime, I agree that our views vary greatly and we should move on.
DJ July 23, 2014 at 06:01 PM
"It's a postcard, if you don't like it, throw it in the recycle bin." Really?? Can't youRead Mores ee this isn't about THE physical postcard itself?? Throwing it in the recycle bin isn't going to change the fact that thousands of dollars have already been spent in such a deceitful, unethical and embarrassing way. The postcards are not truthful. Therefore, I can't just let it go as you're suggesting, because I'm one of the THOUSANDS in our FAMILY-oriented community who believe in healthy, thriving, positive, and safe schools for our children. Many of us moved to Gig Harbor BECAUSE of the schools...and the fact that $17,000 within the last 12 months (more than quadruple what your total tax burden would be) has been spent to defeat our schools is absolutely ridiculous and most certainly not a charitable cause. Sure, cast your "NO" vote. We all have our voting right. But going above and beyond that single vote by using wealth to bring down this campaign is not "community" and is not Gig Harbor. Tragically, this is a sad example of when immense wealth has lead to immense greed. And clearly this entire thread is useless and a waste of time & energy... I'm done with this conversation.
Karen Monson July 24, 2014 at 09:16 AM
Immense greed? OK, you said that we have spent "more than quadruple what our tax burden would Read Morebe", so I don't see how greed comes into the equation, we could have saved money if what you said is true by not saying or spending anything to fight for what we believe in, greedy people don't spend more money than they will get back. Maybe we actually care. We just don't support the bond and levy because the price went up from 50 million to 56 million or 60 million or 62 million, we would like to see a 50 million dollar BOND spread out over 30 years. That way when the school needs new teachers or the existing ones need a raise, there will be enough goodwill left by the property owners to help again. There was nothing on the postcard that was a lie or deceitful. It urged voters to vote no on both.
Karen Monson July 22, 2014 at 02:19 PM
I agree. I would also like to know why the plants and grasses in the medians on Burnham are allRead Moredea d and full of weeds... So are the traffic circles plantings, what happened to the landscaping?
Karen Monson July 22, 2014 at 02:20 PM
I'm so sorry you are having to go through this building chaos, I just drive through it, can'tRead Moreimagin e living next to it.
Karen Monson July 22, 2014 at 08:55 AM
You're welcome, John.
Sue Horton July 22, 2014 at 11:01 PM
The schools in that area are ALREADY OVERCROWDED! before those houses are filled. I am on theRead Morecommi ttee for redistricting the elementary schools and even if we shift all the kids south, maxing all schools to functional capacity, it is a temporary fix. 5 years at best. And besides the overcrowded schools, there are technology upgrades, safety issues and turf and field replacements for high schools not to mention the improvements to the schools on the KPN and middle school improvements too. Don't try to mislead people onto thinking only Harbor North is benefitting from this levy and bond. Every child and school will benefit.
Karen Monson July 23, 2014 at 10:21 AM
I don't believe I ever said that only Gig Harbor North would benefit. What I said was that if theRead Moref unds run short, things will be taken off the list. That is in the proposition. Everyone keeps saying the postcard is misleading or that I am misleading, and yet, no one has pointed to a lie. I have backed up everything I have said with facts, language straight from the propositions, etc... I also support a new school and fixing Artondale, using a 50 million dollar BOND. Not a 60 million dollar bond or a 56 million dollar levy, the price did not go up 10 to 12 million in 8 months due to construction costs, it went up because other things were added.
Lawrence July 23, 2014 at 05:09 PM
PleaseRead Moreread: https://k12.wa.us/Communications/OtherCommunications/SummaryMcLearyDecision2013.pdf An d from that Supreme Court decision: "Relying on local levies or federal funding is unconstitutional because it is unstable and unfair: The fact that local levy funds have been at least in part supporting the basic education program is inescapable…..Reliance on levy funding to finance basic education was unconstitutional 30 years ago….and it is unconstitutional now (p. 68)." So because of ineptitude, slothfulness, political partisanship, or any number of reasons our legislators continue to fail the communities they represent with underfunded education. Levies and bonds are band-aids for a serious problem. I do not like the feeling of saving the legislature's hide by passing bonds and levies while they choose to neglect their responsibilities in these matters. Our apprentice Solons are penalizing you and me for their lack of action and it is past time to push back onto their agenda the task that is theirs and theirs alone. There may be a few years of discomfort from these levy and bond obligations failing. I am convinced they need to fail in order that focus and efforts be brought to bear where it is rightly deserved. Let your legislators know the high level of frustration we are all experiencing from their lack of duty to our educational system.
Karen Monson July 23, 2014 at 05:33 PM
Amen to that.
Karen Monson July 23, 2014 at 05:35 PM
To clarify before others come on and start their comments about me again, I agree that the stateRead Morehas a lack of duty to our educational system that they will not address so long as the funds keep coming in from property owners.
Lawrence July 23, 2014 at 05:30 PM
With the recent McCleary v. Washington decision by the Supreme Court that sites funding basicRead Moreeducat ion with bonds and levies unconstitutional I would think Peninsula School District's current offering would not stand up to a court challenge.
Lawrence July 23, 2014 at 05:39 PM
'''"that cites..." to correct. Living with a little OCD..........:>)
Lawrence July 10, 2014 at 11:12 PM
oops, Victoria is of course just WEST of Mt. Vernon, must have had a magnet in myRead Morepocket............ ..
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