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Letters | Don't blame Carolyn Simpson for bond vote
I would like to respond to Anne Stedman's letter of last week regarding our school board candidates and the numbers she stated regarding the failed bond.
First of all, blaming Ms. Simpson for the February 8 bond failure is at best ludicrous, and at worst, an attempt to demean her character. It smacks of present-day politics. The failure actually belongs to the 3983 "no" votes. Also, it should be noted that only 46.67 percent of the registered voters in our district voted.
Not mentioned was the April 26 special election and those results, which showed a 53.40 percent voter turnout of registered voters, resulting in a fairly resounding defeat. Inasmuch as the middle school was to be built on the Snoqualmie Ridge, it is not surprising that 81% of those voters said "yes." The rest of our district voters, referred to as 'Valley residents' by Ms. Stedman, voted 47.07 percent in favor and 49.86 percent against. Overall then, 6467 voted "yes" and 4991 voted "no."
Of more importance, however, is the fact that our district is one of the largest geographic districts in our state. To refer to people who live as far west as Ames Lake and laterally east to the county line at Snoqualmie Pass as "Valley residents" is very short sighted. We have 48 precincts in our district which consists of seven on the Ridge and 41 in the remaining areas. Because of this, it only stands to reason that our board members should live in the area they represent. I read the Citizens Proposal for Redistricting and found it to be completely logical, factual, intelligently written and absolutely beneficial to everyone. The statement that it was presented as a matter of "convenience" so Ms. Simpson would be eligible is nonsense.
Every decision in our district should benefit all students and not just one area. That has been the problem all along with our bond issues. We must find a way to come together and understand that our children should be on top of the pyramid and not at the bottom. Political backbiting and attempts to demean someone's character is not acceptable and does not serve any purpose whatsoever. When a board candidate places our children's educational well being and a higher degree of success in the forefront, that person should be considered a viable contributor to our community.
Do in fact research and read about the candidates, not with bias, but with objectivity. I'm quite certain you will then come to an intelligent decision. Above all, everyone should exercise their right to vote which is an extremely important freedom that we have in our country.