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Am I really writing this editorial?

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Last week's news that the Riverview athletic bond had finally passed was a cause for hope in the Lower Valley. Does it mean that fences are slowly mending? Does it mean that years of resentment about the placement of Cedarcrest High School could be finally subsiding? Does it mean that athletic programs, which have done amazingly well despite their lack of facilities, will get to compete on an even basis? The answer is is an unequivocal, "YES!"

This time, though, the Lower Valley athletic bond debate became more akin to a debate about the death penalty. Supporters were loud and vocal, and present at most community events in the Lower Valley. They were visible and proud to show their names and faces at various locations.

The opposition was quiet and secretive, providing "facts" with little or no supporting documentation. They created an anonymous Web site, with a name similar to the school district's - kind of a confusion-of-information approach. They didn't want to be quoted for fear of reprisal, all of which contributed greatly to a general lack of credibility.

I can understand concerns about increased taxes. Heck, I'm about taxed out of King County myself. But to oppose something as innocent as an athletic facility in an anonymous fashion seems a bit extreme. If you truly believe in something, stand up for it vocally and visibly. Let the local newspaper quote you and give us the sources for your facts.

I'm sorry, but it is hard to respect or even listen to a group that runs in stealth mode. But you did give me an idea.

Maybe I need to start spouting off my opinions in this editorial anonymously. All our readers would have to wonder if "Jim" really felt that way, or if I even wrote for the paper. I could fly off the handle with profanity (which of course would be printed using asterisks to replace the words). I could provide facts with little need to provide supporting information. I could write editorials with disinformation, although some will claim I already do that.

I think the passage of the athletic bond will provide Cedarcrest students with renewed enthusiasm. They will have facilities similar to other KingCo high schools. School pride is important, and they will have facilities that they can be proud of, thanks to the community in which they live.

I applaud the efforts on both sides of the issue for putting in their time and effort, both up front and anonymously.

Jim McKiernan

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