I was disappointed to see the Oct. 13 editorial on Referendum 52. I see R-52 a smart measure that benefits health of the students, energy savings and good family wage jobs in our community.
The health risks associated with poor ventilation and toxins such as asbestos and lead – the norm for many Washington schools – lead to lethargy and lack of focus in the classroom and ultimately illness and absenteeism. These are huge detriments to learning. Our aging school buildings need retrofits to their HVAC systems, replacement of lead pipes, removal of asbestos and other crucial measures to improve our kids’ learning environments.
R-52 makes these important projects economically viable through responsible funding. There is no financial burden on school districts, and no additional responsibility for taxpayers. The taxpayers, school districts and the state will save money in the long run, as R-52 can only fund those projects that allow for return on initial investment through energy savings.
If you aren’t yet convinced, we have one of the worst unemployment rates in our state and R-52 projects are expected to bring an estimated 30,000 new jobs to the construction. This is truly an all-around win.
Please approve Referendum 52.