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  • OPINION

    School spending should be based on true needs

    I recently attended a school board presentation on the bond/levy vote. I came away totally convinced that these tax increases must be defeated. Here are their two main points:

  • OPINION

    If schools falter, then community falters

    Proposition 1 and 2 are key items on the ballot for Aug. 5. Most of the money being solicited would be used to replace Artondale Elementary (built in 1959) and build a new elementary school to meet the needs of new residential development. (Note the school district must fund this alone.) Additionally...

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    Good schools bring growth, prosperity to region

    Thank you for publishing a letter from a reader who urged “No” votes on the school bond and levy. Their assertion that an increase in assessed property value somehow directly results in a “windfall” for PSD and repeated, unsubstantiated accusations of “waste”...

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    Damage to Artondale Elementary not as bad as some say

    I am writing to let people know why I am voting “NO” on both Peninsula School District bond and levy measures. I am tired of being misled by untrue and misleading statements made by letters written to the editor. How many letters have you read that refer to Artondale Elementary School...

  • OPINION

    Derek Young is person of commitment, integrity

    Pierce County Council District 7 residents deserve to be represented by Derek Young. I have known Derek for close to 15 years and can say he is a person of commitment and integrity. These are two things lacking in politics these days. While on the Gig Harbor City Council, Derek worked hard with ...

  • OPINION

    Canoe and Kayak Team grateful for support from community

    On Wednesday, July 23, the Gig Harbor Canoe and Kayak Team (GHCKRT) will load 50 high-performance racing canoes and kayaks onto two trailers and send them cross-country to Lake Lanier, Georgia, where 42 Gig Harbor athletes will vie for their third consecutive National Championship.

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    Music, history, food kick up summer pace on KP

    Our recent “heat wave” created a variety of reactions. Everything from “I love it!” and “Bring it on!” to “I can’t stand it” and “I’m sure drinking a lot more water!”

  • OPINION

    Bond/levy is nonsense, none of it makes sense

    Let’s start with last November’s election when the school board tried to sneak a $50 million capital package past the voters by disguising a normally 20-year bond request as something called a “capital levy.” Why? A levy only requires a 50 percent voter approval but...

  • OPINION

    FOR: School Board encourages community to ‘Vote Yes Twice’

    We listened. Through 13 public meetings — well attended with YES and NO supporters — we heard your concerns. We met with the NO committee and agreed upon a framework for much-needed capital funding, structured to provide stable tax rates for the next 30 years for less than $1. We vetted...

  • OPINION

    District limiting knowledge of construction plans

    In the June 25 edition of The Gateway, Dan White’s letter challenged the Peninsula School District’s plan to spend about $50 million to build two 50,000-square-foot elementary schools (at a cost of about $500 per-square-foot). He protested Superintendent Chuck Cuzzetto’s plans...

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