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Letters to the Editor - April 17, 2017

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FUNDING K-12 EDUCATION

As a parent of two grown children who were able to flourish academically in alternative educational programs in Washington state, I wish to express my support for a tax system that can supply the revenue necessary to keep our state-based educational programs, including the gifted, homeschool, running start, and high school technical opportunities that we were able to access; plus many others that should continue to be funded and available to students of all learning styles. Not all kids benefit from a one-size-fits-all traditional learning environment. My kids didn’t fit that mold and could have been lost in the shuffle, but because of the availability of our state’s educational choices, they were able to find and pursue their passions and become the successful adults they are today.

The Democratic House budget proposal will not only fix our upside-down tax code, but it effectively sets Washington state up for a brighter future by fully funding K-12 education for students of all learning styles, thus creating the means for our state to sustainably invest in our shared future.

The house budget does this in part by closing the capital gains loophole, which will generate almost $715 million that can be invested in education, infrastructure and our fellow Washingtonians.

Thriving communities depend on excellent educational opportunities. We need to clean up our tax code to raise the $4 billion needed to fully fund our schools, as mandated by the Washington Supreme Court. Every year, we lose billions of dollars that could be invested in our schools because powerful special interests and the wealthy have manipulated our tax code to benefit themselves. If we eliminate wasteful tax breaks and make sure the wealthy chip in what they owe, we can close the McCleary Gap.
 
Robin Wyll,
Concerned Woodinville Parent
 
OUR CIVIC CAMPUS IS ABOUT TO BE ANYTHING BUT CIVIC
 
Merriam-Webster’s definition of Civic Center is “a large public building for sports events, concerts, etc., a section of a city or town where there are public buildings.” The definition did not include five-story apartments or hotels!
 
At the March 28 meeting of the City Council a consulting firm presented four ideas which they considered suitable options for our three-acre Civic Campus between City Hall and City Landmark Woodinville School. Their discussion can be viewed at http://www.ci.woodinville.wa.us/CityHall/CouncilVideos.asp?view_id=2
 
Unfortunately, except for the YMCA, none of the proposals even mentioned public buildings. Townhouses, five story apartments or hotels with huge parking garages were the ONLY options! Five story hotels or apartments, in the middle of our Civic Campus between City Hall and Woodinville School, mean the campus will no longer be civic. Except for the Y, there will be NO public places for Woodinville residents. Apartment dwellers or hotel guests will occupy our town’s unique and irreplaceable three-acre Civic Campus.

If you have concerns and opinions about the future of our Civic Campus, please let our council members know. Their email addresses are on the city’s website http://www.ci.woodinville.wa.us/CityHall/CouncilMembers.asp.
 
Phyllis Keller
 

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