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Feedback: Editor should buy the school
The editor owes Mr. Keeva and all civil readers an apology. You wrote (Editorials, April 16), Only a change of heart by a certain property owner could make things right.
Who in the world are you to place a man on a guilt trip who tried not only to donate the old San de Fuca Schoolhouse to the community of Central Whidbey, but who also offered to place $50,000 of his own money into an account for its long term maintenance? Is it his fault the Central Whidbey Historic Society didnt accept this gift? Shame on you for your whining and your arrogance. What financial contributions have you made to Whidbey Island? How much of your personal money have you offered to the public? What historic buildings have you restored with your own funds?
If you want to see the public end up with the old schoolhouse or any other property for that matter, then form a fund-raising group and put your money where your mouth is and simply buy it. Isnt this exactly what the Keevas did with the Krueger Farm?
We own property across the road from the old schoolhouse, land which was for sale, with a for sale sign for many years, available to anyone or any organization who would buy it. Nobody wanted it so we stepped forward and bought it and followed a million rules, and built our house on it. Then a handful of people began whining just like youre starting with Joe Keeva. Grow up. Were tired of self-serving, at-others-expense newspaper editors who hide behind their First Amendment rights whether their goal is to make their fellow citizens feel so bad theyll do the newspapers bidding or whether they trade our National Security and the lives of future soldiers in order to earn themselves a Pulitzer.
Clay and Bev Miller