In the October 23 issue of the Kuna Melba News, the article of “Mr. Newspaperman” was quite negative in regards to the painting of the water tower and the ‘K’ on it. “Elmer,” who no one seems to know, is ranting about something very insignificant. He is disapproving of the direction the “K” is pointing.
You begin to explain to Elmer that the project was the idea of one individual over at the High School, as if to say it was a dumb idea and he’s the one responsible. In my research, I found that the water tower has needed painting for quite some time and that the City Council and the Mayor had been discussing it. When some students at the High School heard about it, they decided to take it on as a Senior/School/Community project and went to the Mayor and City Council with some ideas about how to accomplish it. To be organized, one student was selected to be the spokesperson to represent the students in this project. That person was not the “one” person that came up with all the ideas. It was a joint effort by several people.
The students involved in this project worked very hard to raise the money needed to help make it succeed. They, along with the City Council, searched for people to do the work. In the end, most of the labor to paint the tower was donated. The city purchased the majority of the paint for the tower, and the students raised enough money to pay for the ‘K’. It was painted on the tower by a 2009 graduate of KHS, which in itself shows much pride in his community. He donated his time to do that job.
Elmer goes on ranting about who the ‘K’ is intended for, saying that it can’t be for the students. He said you would need binoculars to see it from the stadium bleachers. I have driven around to see just where I could see it from. It turns out that I could see the newly painted white water tower and the black and gold ‘K’ very well from Meridian and Deer Flat roads. I could see it even better from different places at and around the High School, and I didn’t need binoculars.
You go on to explain to him that the ‘K’ was pointed somewhat towards the High School as a compromise for the students to see it. Let me assure you that there was no compromise because there was no disagreement on where the ‘K’ should point. The students thought it should be pointed so that it could be seen from the most traveled routes into town. The Mayor thought it would be nice if the students could see it from the High School, since they worked so hard to raise the money to pay for it. So it was painted where it is to accomplish both ideas.
Elmer, if there really is an Elmer, needs to quit ranting about such petty things and be more supportive of the students at the High School, the Mayor and City Council and the Kuna community in general. What all of these people did is a great example of a community working together for a common cause and showing pride in our great town of KUNA.
— Glen Edwards
Editor’s Note: Mr. Edwards, in Kuna Melba News Wednesday, July 10, in a subsequent clarification to the nature of the school project and in follow up articles we reported that the Kuna Water Tower Project was spearheaded by Kuna Student Body President Casey Cobb but involved many parties including volunteers, the city of Kuna, the Kuna High School student body, and donations from local businesses. We wish to stress that Elmer’s opinion is that of his own and that He merely expresses himself as I encourage everyone to do through letters to the editor or speaking to me directly. No offense, but in your statement “it was painted where it is to accomplish both ideas,” I find that is the definition of compromise. Furthermore, I personally think the water tower looks great although I would like to see an additional “K” painted facing west down Main Street. I also think that adding a third K would probably not be very wise.
I find Kuna’s little Pioneer Cemetery very intriguing. Is there a group or person who are caretakers? These are Kuna’s forefathers, settlers, and if thier place of resting isn’t preserved, it will soon be lost to time. Is there anyone or groups that would be willing to improve this historical site?
— Dianne Mason
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