One of the best things about living in Gig Harbor is the people. As a retired person in my early 70s, I have friends who range in age from the kids next door to my 98-year-old mother-in-law’s roommate in her nursing home. It doesn’t matter how old they are — they’re all a valuable part of the community, and I’m grateful to have them in my life. And while my own kids may be long past school age and I’m living on a fixed income, I’m voting yes for the Peninsula School District’s capital levy.
All kids, whether or not they’re mine, deserve the opportunity to go to schools that aren’t overcrowded or falling apart with sinking foundations. The overcrowding at Purdy Elementary needs a solution now, not later. And Artondale, rated 45 out of 100 by experts on a safety scale, is failing the children of our community. I can’t look at a number like that and think it’s acceptable when it’s not.
My neighbors pay taxes that don’t directly benefit them — just look at the 6.2 percent Social Security tax hike in 2013 and the steep new Medicare tax increase for people who make more than $200,000 annually. Those increases are being paid by individuals who are still in the workforce.
I’m not in the workforce anymore, but I benefit from both Social Security and Medicare.
We live in an incredible community where taking care of each other — whether we’re older, younger or in-between — is just something we need to do. Please join me and vote yes for our schools.