August 30, 2013

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Why don’t schools use universal plans to build?

I read the headline, “Renton unveils new middle school designs,” in the Aug. 2 newspaper and thought, “What a waste of money.”

The state of Washington, if it did nothing else, should have well-designed plans already available for school districts to use; this could represent a huge reduction in the cost of new schools. These “universal plans” would be modified for a site and could also include any improvements learned from the previous construction and use of the same plan.

When so little of the school revenues actually make it into the classroom to benefit students, it seems a terrible waste of money to pay architectural fees to build new AND different schools each AND every time one is built. This is such a no brainer, but so much of government waste is.

Inez Petersen, J.D.


There’s no cleaning fairy — pick up after yourself

Do you believe in a cleaning fairy that visits Newcastle at night? Newcastle was just rated a great city to live in by CNN Money, so shouldn’t we at least try to continue living up to that standard?

After going on a walk with my dog at Lake Boren Park recently one evening, I was disgusted at what I saw. I couldn’t believe my eyes! Garbage was absolutely everywhere. What happened to community responsibility? Manners? Common decency?

Newcastle is our city, our home — treat it that way!

Nina Garkavi


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