I did some soul-searching yesterday. I love writing. I enjoy that many of you want to read my thoughts on all things Snoqualmie. I find myself in new territory as I try to balance writing impartially about hot-button valley topics and friendship.
It was this desire to remain (or at least appear) impartial that lead me to publish a comment in response to my Snoqualmie Middle School annexation story. That comment might be construed as publicly defaming Carolyn Simpson while she is running for school board. The commenter stated they needed to remain anonymous because Carolyn has a reputation of intimidation and a bully. The implication is this person is so scared that he/she needs to remain anonymous, or implies that Carolyn might hurt them. This commenter gave no examples of such intimidation. Carolyn has no violent bone in her body. Shame on me for publishing it.
Carolyn Simpson is a friend of mine. She is kind, smart and passionate about education. It only takes a few mouse clicks to find out I endorse her for school board. Yet, I still want be impartial, not use this website for a pro Simpson campaign. It was that desire for impartiality that lead me to approve a comment that hurt my friend. For that I am deeply sorry, Carolyn.
Yes, we had a school bond fail by one vote last year. Some of you feel compelled to blame Carolyn for the loss. I guess I look at it differently. Thousands of valley residents voted no – each for their own reasons. Carolyn felt the enrollment numbers that suggested the need for the extra high school capacity in 2013 were wrong. As it turns out, it appears she was right. Carolyn only voiced an opinion about enrollment projections. I will admit I had doubts, but was scared my kids would be shipped out of Snoqualmie again for school. Promise of a brand new school in my neighborhood and fear of what the district would do if it failed lead me to vote yes.
Can we as a community move forward? Stop blaming one single person for a bond failure where 3,983 registered valley voters checked the no box? I feel personal attacks only defer from the true issues. Carolyn has a real voice. She asks hard questions. She’s spent countless hours volunteering in this community even though both of her children are in college. How many of you attend almost every school board meeting? She does.
The issue is not that Carolyn voted no to build a school in 2013. Possibly the real issue is why. So if you want to blame something, maybe the numbers or the recession might be a starting point? Does voting no to build a new middle school mean you don’t support education? I am guessing 3,983 registered valley voters would say no it doesn’t.