Time to support Valley HS

Letter to the editor

Posted: Thursday, July 22, 2004

I hate to say it's Valley against downtown but when it comes to the new high school it seems that a few of the downtown residents are trying to derail the project again. I think that Eric Fry needs to do some serious investigative reporting and see if he can come up with the real reason that a specific group of people is fighting this issue. They want you to think it's for the betterment of our children; me thinks not. I would like to hear the real reason behind their push to stop the building of a desperately needed new high school.

We keep hearing remodel Marie Drake, build a parking garage, etc., along with the sky is falling and doomsday rhetoric, and I don't believe for a minute that it's for our children's welfare. Marie Drake is still being used by the high school and Harborview Elementary School, and in the not too distant future we will need to start utilizing it as an additional middle school, if I understand the long-range planning correctly.

Most of the population lives in the Valley, and the people against building the new high school say we just can't afford everything the city has planned, we just can't afford to build a new school. They point to a recreation center, new Capitol building, etc. I think our priority is our children and the school should be our first priority.

I have grandchildren that will be starting high school just about the time a new high school would be built. If you feel the same way, then let the School Board and city Assembly know your wishes and quit being what I feel may be a silent majority. I have seen a few of you speaking out; let's not let a few derail our children's future. I can think of a lot of reasons why we should build a new high school but I would really like to hear your positive thinking and I think the city Assembly and School Board would like to hear from you, so let's start voicing your opinions.

Come on Valley people, our elected officials need to hear both the pros and cons of considering this project and if a majority decides to build, then the vocal minority will have to concede but probably not quietly. It's our turn to get involved, so moms and dads, take a few minutes and let one of your elected officials hear from you.

Jim Burns


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