Letters to the Editor

Schools: Jones’ remarks well timed

Anita Magorrian’s letter (News-Times, June 22) chided school board member Kathy Jones for her opening remarks at the recent Oak Harbor High School graduation ceremony, accusing her of using the forum “to politic about the state of the high school facilities and the upcoming levy.” We’d like instead to thank Kathy for her remarks and for her many hours of dedicated and unselfish volunteer service to this community and its children. Kathy, you owe us no apologies.

Although we weren’t at the ceremony, we did read the remarks. Kathy focused attention on the students by raising their collective voice from the Year Book so that more people could hear. (The students wrote about overcrowded hallways, falling ceilings, and grossly inadequate classrooms and athletic facilities.) She encouraged graduates who appreciate the help they’ve been given to “pay it forward” by helping students who come after them and making a difference in upcoming school elections. Those were empowering words and good advice for everyone who lives in this community.

What better time and place to talk about making a difference in your community by supporting schools than when students graduate from high school, becoming voters and taxpayers in the same community that served them? The message was “Get involved and make a difference . . . to take this school from good to great.” Kathy Jones is one among many volunteers who are leading by example, giving of their own time and resources to serve others and better our community. We think that’s exactly the right message to give to graduating seniors at a commencement ceremony.

Merrilee Donnell Wong

Constance J. Sheehan

Oak Harbor

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