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July 21, 2014
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Letter: Education is important, so step up and rebuild Yoncalla High School

Build school for the kids

In response to the editorial on Yoncalla High School, I say rebuild it. I live in Rice Valley, in the Yoncalla tax base. Even if it raised the property tax double to $1,000 over 20 years, that’s only $4.17 a month; big deal.

Let’s say Drain and Yoncalla joined. Would there be a new mascot named? Yoncalla shouldn’t have to give up the Eagles and Drain shouldn’t have to give up the Warriors. I went to school in Drain at the high school.

I read someplace that a new school would cost $9 million. Let’s do it and repair the grade school. We had our chance at education, now let’s step up for these kids. That’s what is important, so keep their school.

All that said, now ask why the funds aren’t there anymore. It’s simple: Everything is tied up in court over the timber. The environmentalists have abused the legal system. Just bring the harvest levels back to where they were when Bill Clinton was president. Congress and the Senate has let this happen; we all need to step up and say, “No more!”

Yoncalla is just a start. Even if the schools do merge, there will be a time when a new high school will have to be built. Pay now, or pay later. Drain High School won’t last forever.

Pat Fitzgerald


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