LETTER TO THE EDITOR: ‘Don’t let fear scare you away from facts and the truth’

[EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a Letter to the Editor, written by a Reader. It does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The White Center Blog nor its staff:]

This country was founded by declaring, in part, that we in America have an inalienable right to “Life, Liberty, and a pursuit of Happiness”. I can think of no better way to accomplish this goal than to educate our children in every way possible and give them every opportunity to reach that All-American dream.

I live in the South of Burien and my children attend Des Moines schools (North Hill and Mount Rainier). With previous bonds we’ve replaced the old North Hill and Mount Rainier schools and my kids have benefited. While my oldest attended Pacific, my youngest may attend a brand new middle school in the Manhattan neighborhood. As a parent, I can tell you I would rather have my kids attend these newer, modern, schools instead of a 91-year old school like Highline high school.

I have walked the halls of the old North Hill and Mount Rainier and can tell you the marked difference in old versus new. Everyone who has seen the old versus new would agree that the learning environment and potential it gives to our kids is night and day. I want to say the same thing for Highline High school. With a new Highline we will give our kids those same opportunities to succeed. More than that, we tell our kids that they are worth this investment. And, in today’s economy, the investment will go farther since costs are lower.

With this bond we will give more of our kids every opportunity to learn and succeed in a more supportive environment.

I also want to be upfront with you… all of those signs you are seeing about that “60%” increase are a complete lie wrapped in a shred of truth. Those who oppose this bond are counting on your fear and are willing to do whatever they can to get you to vote their way. They will attack me in short order about $1.12 being 60% of the current rate and they are correct. However, with every chance they get the water is muddied. They push this 60% increase and IMPLY it’s your total tax bill that is going up by that much. To be 100% clear that is NOT TRUE. Those signs you see everywhere are counting on your fear to steal your vote.

Don’t let fear scare you away from facts and the truth. I urge you to attend a public meeting to get your questions answered at the Burien Press TONIGHT (9/27/2014) 423 SW 152nd st, Burien Wa.

I am being 100% up-front with you when I say this bond is worth your yes vote. The only thing I stand to gain is a better learning environment for my kids and yours. The only thing we all stand to gain is giving our kids every opportunity available to us.

I ask that you to vote YES this November for Building new Schools and I ask that you vote YES for your kids and mine.

– Joey Martinez (Burien)

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