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November 19, 2014 at 1:18 PM

I-1351: Voters need to make wiser decisions

I have always believed that voters are not informed enough to make a common-sense decision about a particular initiative — this proves it [“How to fund I-1351?” Opinion, Nov. 13]. One really has to wonder why half the voting public passed Initiative 1351 without regard as to how to pay for it.

I wonder how many people would have voted for this initiative if they understood that we would need to raise taxes or that social services might need to be cut to fund the additional $4.7 billion.

This probably explains our issues in Washington, D.C. — voters vote on emotion, not on common-sense results. I am for smaller class sizes, but what is the real cost of additional infrastructure (schools) to accommodate 25,000 workers?

Seriously, voters do a little thinking and asking before voting intelligently.

Jim Hirschy, Bellevue

Comments | More in Education | Topics: class sizes, education, Initiative 1351

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