As a senior at Richland High School, having attended Carmichael Middle School, and being raised by Bomber alum, I am appalled at the blatant misjudgment exhibited by the school district in the removal of concrete letters representing Carmichael, Richland and Hanford. Forty years' worth of tradition was just demolished in a week, without any sort of notification to students, parents, alumni, the community, or even the school board. Let me clarify: I, personally, was not incredibly attached to the letters themselves.
However, as a matter of principle, I expect notification and explanation on such matters. Why should I, as a student, have to find out through the newspaper that my school's emblem was exhumed? I appreciate the district's apology, but excuse me for wondering if this was not the plan all along. It's easier to ask forgiveness than permission, right? All I ask is for transparency in the publicly funded school system of which I am a member. And you, as community members, taxpayers, and proud alumni, deserve the same.
KOLBY NELSON, Richland