I’m voting to fix all four schools, and against the two-school option (2+2 equals 4 only if they all get funded). These repairs are overdue by over 20 years.

The welfare-like “let the schools get so bad that the state will pay for them” approach to school repairs isn’t working. It hasn’t worked for 20 years. With this approach, the only thing we can be sure of is generational ghetto schools.

If you think I’m exaggerating, go on a tour of the Longfellow and Reiche schools. To wait, yet again, for the state to fund our schools would be like having a relative with a 20-year drinking problem, saying that they will definitely quit, but, of course, not until next year.

We needn’t worry – there are plenty of other repairs that our other schools need for which we can apply for state funding.

Bill Linnell

Portland