2014-05-03 / Editorials & Letters

Writer responds to anonymous flyer


This is in response to the flyer about the Liberty Union-Thurston School District income tax (Issue 4) that I found hanging on my mailbox.

First, using the same graphic and title (Lion Report) that the district uses in its monthly newsletter is a little shady. Someone is trying to confuse voters. It is also anonymous since there is no signature or group identification indicated on the letter.

Secondly, as indicated in the official Lion Report for March, money used to purchase computers is NOT from the district’s general operating fund. “Funding for the installation of wireless networks and for student computers comes directly from the bond levy which was approved by the community for the upgrade of district facilities.”

Thirdly, the letter says district fourth graders have the spelling words like “do, flow and mow.” Here are some of the words my fourth grader had for spelling last week: “circumstantial, superstitious, parentheses, authenticate.”

I’m frustrated that someone is trying to negate the good stuff going on in our schools by anonymously spreading lies and misinformation to confuse voters, especially those without children in the district.

My children are in the second, fourth and sixth grades. I have complete confidence in our teachers and administrators.

Do I agree with everything the district is doing and all things being taught? Of course not, but I believe my children are getting a great education and will be well prepared for college and life.

Marilyn Howell
Liberty Township

Editor’s Note: Our practice from inception has been not to print election letters in our last issue before an election. Our intent is to keep letter writers from criticizing a candidate or issue without giving the other side an opportunity to respond. The anonymous flyer writer is trying to do the same thing, so we are lifting our prohibition in this case.

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