Letters to the Editor

Letters from May 10

Education

Make cuts in WASL, not art

The news of removing art from our schools came to us as a total shock. We all worked very hard to pass the 2006 School Support Levy. As a parent I was under the impression that this would help our children and the schools they attend. I am appalled this is how you thank all the levy supporters by taking art away from the children.

The Levy Fact Sheet states “it sustains the programs under the existing levy” which includes music, P.E., and art.

Art is so much more than just crafts. It is another way for children to be expressive. Not all learning is done through a text book. And not all achievements can be measured by a test. Why not cut back on some of the money spent on the WASL and give it back to the kids in programs like art?

CHRIS KNUDSON

Clear Creek PTA vice president

Feedback

Stop pimping Silverdale

In response to your article “Get off Silverdale’s Coattails” (Editorial in the May 6 CK Reporter), I agree with your assessment of Bremerton using our taxes for their downtown development 110 percent. Bremerton needs to stop economically pimping Silverdale taxpayers and treating us like “women of the evening” in the process making us responsible for subsidizing its revitalization. And we didn’t even get an honorable mention as a stepchild! Furthermore, I think there needs to be an audit as to how much taxes Silverdale residents pay and how much we received back from the county, in terms of how much we pay and received, in comparison to the other cities in Kitsap County.

Wake up hard-working, taxpaying Silverdale citizens. What’s needed to stop this thievery of our precious tax monies is nothing short of a revolt. In the form of cityhood for Silverdale, we don’t have to wait five or 10 years for our county’s commissioners approval to incorporate ourselves and protect our sovereignty!

The county commissioners, along with Bremerton, are reaping the lion’s share of our taxes. This inequity has to stop. We can no longer afford to continue to be Bremerton’s cash cow.

WILLIS PAPILLION

Silverdale

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