The current furor in the Richland community over the removal of letters at Richland Schools should serve as a wakeup call for both taxpayers and ratepayers. This incident is small potatoes compared with other issues that seem to be slipped by the ratepayers and taxpayers.
For example, the recent $98 million dollar Richland School District bond passed last year for new schools where the school district forged ahead with the project, largely with a deaf ear toward community concerns raised by Richland and West Richland residents who would be most affected by the project. These vocal residents were quickly quelled by the Richland School Board and the Richland City Council. Just around the corner is the Richland School District's operations and maintenance levy that the ratepayer will be asked to approve. While a levy is necessary for the current modus operandi of the Richland schools. The devil is in the details. I want to encourage the ratepayer and taxpayer to get more involved in what elected authorities are doing with your hard-earned money. Don't get blind-sided by not being informed and be proactive in a timely manner. After all, it's your nickel.
JOHN L. COX, Richland