Opinion

More letters to the editor

Petition success

Many thanks for your article, “Wanted: 600 signatures for park district,” published in the Feb. 20 edition of the Valley Record. The article was informative, factual and timely for the Fall City community.

Friends of Fall City Parks is pleased to announce a successful petition drive to put the Fall City Metropolitan Park District on the November ballot. The petition is now in the hands of King County Records and Elections Department for signature verification, with well over the required number of registered voter signatures. To the volunteers, local businesses, and especially the folks who supported the cause by signing the petition, FFCP thanks you!

What’s next? A few new committees are needed to keep things rolling along. A commissioner committee will be appointed to find people who will run for the five commissioner positions to operate the park district when it is approved by the voters. And (here’s where the fun comes in), a committee to plan for something at Fall City Days… A booth? A float? A raffle?

Would you run for Park Commissioner? Would you like to work on a float for the parade? Come join the fun at our next Friends of Fall City Parks meeting, 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 2 at Chief Kanim Middle School! Questions? Contact Perry Wilkins, perrycwilkins@yahoo.com.

Jack Kelley and Perry Wilkins

Co-chairs, Friends of Fall City Parks

North Bend roundabout

[Regardng] North Bend and their roundabout, I guess keeping people from having to wait at a stop light is more important than the safety of all the kids and old folks trying to get across the street, mostly when it is rainy or dark — this is North Bend. I am sure the council members wouldn’t want their families doing it.

Another thing: people shouldn’t have to use the QFC parking lot for a street, or use their car to go across the street for groceries.

Jack Korsmo

North Bend

Bond challenge

For the third time, I have voted “yes” to the proposed school bond to expand and improve the schools in the Snoqualmie Valley School District. And for the third time, that bond has failed. With the dire straits of the children in our district, I was in awe that 42 percent of our voters actually picked up a pen on March 11 and voted against it.

Then I was told that many of the folks that voted against the bond also want what I want: for improvements to be made to existing schools and for new schools to be built. Great! We have a consensus. We can work from here.

We don’t want our children to have to go to school in shifts and on weekends. We don’t want to lose good teachers and staff because of shift hours and shared space. We don’t want our children’s educations to languish. We don’t want the degradation to our community that comes with an ailing school district. The situation will soon become untenable. Our existing schools are already bursting at the seams.

I challenge those of you that opposed the bond to create a functioning bond proposal that will satisfy your needs within the school district. Show me an alternative to the bond you opposed.

Many dedicated and worried people have put a great deal of effort into the bonds that failed. If you put that kind of effort into your proposal, it will surely pass.

I pledge to vote for any reasonable option that I am offered so that we can solve this problem, even if it includes compromises. I am sure that many others will too. Will you do more than just oppose the bonds placed before you? Will you create a feasible alternative to the bonds that you voted against?

Julie Brown

Redmond

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