Northwest NEWS

April 9, 2001

Editorial

What was good enough decades ago is substandard today

Sadly, the letter titled "Money should go to academics" exemplifies the mentality from years past which appears to persistently plague the community.
   While the total student population in Riverview now exceeds 3,000, standards and competitiveness have soared multiple folds since even a decade ago, and public education continues to be shamefully under-funded by the state.
   What was good enough for the writer decades ago is grossly substandard for today.
   The idea that academics is the only component worthy of our attention is entirely preposterous since exposure to and participation in athletics and other organized extracurricular activities offer our youth an environment conducive to building character, discipline, responsibility and self reliance.
   After all, does the writer not want our future tax payers to become productive and support the retired senior population, including herself?
   I also suggest that the writer look up the definition of "a state-of-the-art stadium" and compare it to the drastically scaled down version of athletic facilities with only an all-season turf with track, bleachers and bare minimum essentials such as rest rooms.
   Since when does a state-of-the-art stadium come with graveled parking lot and no covers or other customary accompaniments like a baseball field?
   Yes. Private and government funding sources will be vigorously pursued to remedy some of these inadequacies.
   In addition, property tax exemption options exist to enable senior and disabled citizens with an annual income of $30K to support local levies without any additional tax burdens. Published information and forms are available in the SnoValley Senior Center, the local King County libraries and the schools. The less the income, the greater the benefits!
   Although a person's sense of fairness and reasonability can be irreversibly influenced by an overwhelming bias, I am astounded at the writer's deliberate contortion of a simple fact that even the most meaningful deeds cannot be achieved if enough people shift the responsibility to everyone else. This hardly translates into any measure of confusion but to the writer alone.
   Helen Mellor, Duvall