Zachary Smith, Gig Harbor
It’s incredibly disappointing that critical upgrades to our schools are in jeopardy because of a few vocal citizens who won’t support investments in our community unless it benefits them directly. It’s even more disappointing that they’ve resorted to half-truths and outright falsehoods to promote their agenda.
Phyllis Brandt, Gig Harbor
“This community has high-quality schools.” As a high school and middle school counselor for 22 years in the Peninsula School District, I often heard this opinion from parents of students whom I registered upon entering our schools.
Kristin Undem, Gig Harbor
In Washington, we depend on school bonds to make up shortcomings in state funds. A bond has not passed in the Peninsula School District in 15 years, and the district needs our money to update unsafe, aging schools. The bond tax increase will be offset by a levy tax decrease starting next year, so taxes will go down.
Marylin Colyar, Gig Harbor
“It takes a whole village to raise a child.” This famous proverb suggests that the upbringing of children is a communal effort. In addition to parents, children need a rich tapestry of people in their lives: aunts and uncles, grandparents, cousins, siblings, teachers and caring, nurturing adults who help create relationships, caring circles and safe spaces.
Signo Uddenberg, Gig Harbor
Imagine if we kept up our highways like we maintain our schools. We would be driving on 50-year-old pothole-filled roads. Our schools are outdated, overcrowded and unsafe. We need to treat our kids as well as we treat our highways and bring our kids into this century.
By Amy Lester, Gig Harbor
After growing up in Gig Harbor and moving away for eight years for school, I always knew I would come back. Life is good here. We have a wonderful community and schools. The schools need our support now more than ever. We have overcrowding issues at many of our elementary schools. We have safety and security issues that cannot be ignored. Our community should vote yes for the school bond in April.