Letter to the Editor: How can I afford to turn this opportunity down?

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

To the Editor:

It is my hope to offer an authentic snapshot of my experience living in Shoreline and my hopes for how we may grow as a community in the future. When our family moved from Seattle to Shoreline in 2011 we weren’t sure what we would find. As a two-Dad family we were fortunate to receive an outpouring of welcome from civic-minded and socially aware neighbors as well as from an engaged and vibrant, public school community. My favorite surprise benefit of living in Shoreline has been the gentle slope along the Interurban Trail for my bike commute to work.

Now and then I think of the future when our son will no longer be attending Shoreline Schools and when my partner and I begin to enjoy retirement. I imagine how I will most certainly want to live in this place we have come to call home, exercising and connecting with the members of this community. I believe that the proposed pool with indoor walking and jogging track and the loop paths at nearby parks will allow me to remain healthy and vital as well as socially engaged when my school volunteering and bike commuting are behind me. The question I pose to myself right now, at this critical time of decision making and investment is this: How can I afford to turn this opportunity down? The answer is, I cannot.

I am voting Yes on Proposition 1.

Scott Shiebler
Highland Terrace neighborhood of Shoreline


Anonymous,  October 31, 2019 at 10:50 AM  

I hope you don't feel you have to retire from volunteering in the schools during your retirement! Everyone benefits when Seniors/Juniors/in-betweeners volunteer to assist in schools. Being a parent with a child at the school is not necessary!

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