In the spirit of carrying on constructive discussion with my good friend Greg Kim and other readers, I am writing to provide my reasoning for why the school district made a smart decision in purchasing 1,600 new iPads for students.
I’m a Mercer Island senior citizen, as is one-fifth of our population here. I can barely afford the property taxes on our Social Security income, but will be very burdened by the tolling tax. Please don’t put us all into a stereotypical socioeconomic bundle.
I find the implication to be drawn from your opinion page cartoon bizarre at best. It shows an overweight woman smoking a cigarette while dumping her lifesavings into a slot machine and complaining about politicians raising taxes.
On behalf of the Mercer Island Schools Band Booster board, I’d like to thank the Community Fund for their generous grant, which allowed us to purchase a brand new podium for the marching band.
As a current student at the high school, I find my iPad very useful, and I believe that they are well worth the cost.
Thank you to everyone who helped on mailing day, March 15, 2013, when the Mercer Island Guild of Seattle Children’s Hospital delivered over 6,500 directories to Mercer Island residents and businesses.
I was glad to see the article about the group (of prominent local clergy, law enforcement and public health leaders) who are working together to start an initiative about gun control.
Unfortunately, there are those who think this law applies to everyone except them. Voice control of your pet is not enough. Keep them leashed (it’s the law), unless they are in an approved off-leash area (there is one on the Island).
As someone who wants this institution to succeed, I have a few things to say. The argument has already been made that the iPads are a waste of money. They are.
I want to applaud our City Council for its reasoned, civil discourse during the discussion to support the Mayors Against Illegal Guns Coalition at its April 22 meeting.
Roughly 300 former teachers and students, city leaders, and friends and family members of scholarship finalists were present last Saturday to witness the sister of President Barack Obama award two $5,000 scholarships to young women about to finish their education at Mercer Island High School.