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West Valley students, staff deserve our support

It is important we support the West Valley Replacement Maintenance and Operations Levy and Replacement Technology Capital Projects Levy on Feb. 3.

In this era of state budget reductions and dwindling state dollars, it is essential West Valley retains as much local support as possible. These are replacement levies which merely continue a current funding source, not an increase. In fact the 2010 tax rates are a decrease from the voter-approved levies of 2007. Unlike our other tax dollars that are spent all over the state, these dollars go directly for the kids in our own neighborhoods.

This money provides services which enrich students’ lives, are vital to their academic development, and better prepare them for their future role as adults. Things such as academic program support so teachers can concentrate on teaching, vocational education programs, music, art, drama, athletics, intramurals and co-curricular programs receive funding from the Maintenance and Operations Levy.

In today’s technological world, students have to be prepared not only for today’s technology, but develop competencies to deal with future technologies many of us can’t begin to imagine. The Technology Capital Projects Levy helps pay for the technology and training necessary to ensure the students’ future proficiencies.

As a graduate, parent and college educator I’ve seen how vital these programs are. From working with many West Valley staff members, I know they all work incredibly hard, are extremely dedicated and care deeply and personally about the kids they serve. They, and the students, deserve our support.

Wally Heidenson

Spokane

As Americans under President Obama, we are one

Each time I watch TV and see the festive crowds, I become teary-eyed. Pride swells inside me as I realize this is America. This is the America that President Obama loves, the reason he has reminded people that we, Americans, are one.

Of course, there will always be the warped-minded individuals and groups who are driven to hate. But others had a vision and voted to bring that vision into reality.

I am neither black nor white, but I am an American. As an American, I urge that we stop grumbling about the what-could-have-been. God has spoken through the people. Romans 13:1,2 distinctly says that it is God who appoints the governing authorities and those who resists God’s choice bring his judgment on themselves. We need not fret about what the new president will do. He is accountable not only to us, the people, but as a Christian, also to God.

Regretfully, national TV media still doesn’t get it. In most of the coverage, they keep asking the opinions of blacks in the crowds. We all know our black brothers and sisters are jubilating. It would have been more inspiring had the media asked the opinions of nonblacks. Remember, President Obama is also half-white. He himself would be the first to say he is not the president of blacks only. He belongs to all of us.

Betsy Tan

Spokane Valley

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