Letter to the Editor: Prop 1 isn't quite ready

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

To the Editor:

I want Shoreline to shoot for the moon- and we've got the means to do it.

When I was in seventh grade, Cascade K-8 needed to move out of Meridian Park. The community argued, like the family we are, about where it should go to accommodate its size. Its new home in Aldercrest is incredible. An aging, well-loved building was transformed to meet our needs, and I urge you to cruise over there and take a look. Happy students, happy teachers, happy taxpayers... what a happy city.

Our Shoreline pool is starting to suffer under our love for it, too. Of course, when the City aired that it was time to get something done, I imagined what we could do with the building- another batch of untapped potential, and another opportunity for Shoreline.

I was surprised by the proposal for the ShARCC. It's bold, and it's beautiful... but uncharacteristic of a Shoreline effort. Our City's proposal has vague wording regarding our seniors, confusion surrounding its amenities, and lots of stress concerning its price. I can't imagine that's in bad faith, but I don't think this egg is ready to come off the burner quite yet.

We've got plenty of time, and plenty of smart cookies in our jar. The last thing I want to see is division- I don't want our community to have a shrine to progress for some, and a shrine to resentment for others. The Shoreline pool story is far from over, and I think, when it's ready, it will stand as another wonderful chapter in our community's history.

Prop 1 isn't quite ready to be our new chapter. If I were old enough to vote... I would vote "no"- because I know, that in time, we'll be able to conjure up something nearly perfect.

Andrew Edwards


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