Here is a copy of a letter I sent to our representatives in Olympia and I think more people in the community should be aware that Tonasket’s North Valley Hospital is a Critical Access hospital and may face severe cuts if this budget cut is enacted. I encourage members of the community to act as I did.
During these difficult economic times, the Tonasket School Board is heartened by the continued commitment of voters to the children of Tonasket and its surrounding communities. Their approval of a two-year maintenance and operations levy shows these precious children how very important their education is to their future and to ours. Strong schools benefit the community in numerous ways, and a solid partnership between schools and community is better for all.
Knowing that our county is suffering under a depressed economy, I checked the school levy election results on Tuesday night with a bit of apprehension. I was elated to see levies in all school districts were passing!
As members of the Tonasket School Board, we are asking our voters to replace the expiring Maintenance and Operations Levy. Community support is crucial to our quest to provide quality programs and to maintain our facilities and grounds.
The time has come when I can no longer remain silent. My own inner voice, my conscience, will no longer allow my silent acceptance of an intolerable situation. The P.U.D. is planning the destruction of a very special place to many here in north county. I speak of Enloe Falls on the Similkameen River.