George Le Masurier, Publisher
Jerre Redecker, Senior Editor
John Dodge, Columnist
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Doug Mah, Community Representative
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The Republican governors are creating problems, instead of solving them. In the last election, they wanted voter ID and short time to vote, just to suppress the vote. They are going after unions, because unions usually support the Democrats. They can’t win votes on the merits of what their policies are. The policy of being against everything Barack Obama stands for, is getting old hat, and they need to be voted out of office.
The fight for public education funding is very newsworthy. As a retired teacher and concerned citizen, I worry about our children’s future. It’s a national problem. Wouldn’t we all agree with this quote from New York state teacher union President Dick Iannuzzi: “Cry out with one voice to fight for the future of public education. It’s a fight about celebrating, not demonizing, educators. About supporting quality in higher education, not pathways that lead nowhere. About informative assessments, not the tyranny of obsessive standardized testing. About schools and children, not corporations and billionaires . . . About dreamers and the DREAM Act, not denying access to children and immigrants . . . It’s a fight about the future of public education--and getting it right.”
The much-touted program of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education is really about training people for jobs in technology companies. But training is vastly different from education, and STEM is a perversion that everyone who believes in true education should oppose.
Here is the information about a recent press release from Ecology (state Department of Ecology News Release 13-122, May 7, 2013, ecy.wa.gov). Every year this group goes to Eastern Washington to train. Most of the spill responders reside in Western Washington.
The recent tragic circumstances regarding a mental health counselor should not overshadow the work that mental health organizations do for those suffering with a very debilitating disorder. We live in an age where those with mental illness are isolated and vilified. Even the very definition of mental illness is skewed daily in the public eye.
A letter in the May 7 issue aired the complaints of a parent whose child received some bruises at school, supposedly by school personnel. I am retired with 35 years as a classroom teacher, mostly special education. I believe the public would be shocked to see how violent and physical small children can be when in a “meltdown.”
The City Council of Olympia has always said its supports the downtown businesses, but the installation of the parking meters is so counterproductive to encouraging people to come downtown. Enough with the parking meters.
The Olympian says Clark County is “Looking more like a banana republic than a progressive metropolitan county.” I agree with the sentiment. But Clark County is a banana republic because we elect banana Republicans.
I want to know how we got to the point at which being on the “Do Not Call List” has been redefined to mean “Annoy Me All Day With Your Harrasing Calls.”
As a parent and a taxpayer, I urge the Legislature to look at what is really going to get better results for our students, and to give those programs the funding they deserve. Budget negotiators should prioritize funding for full-day kindergarten, academic acceleration, teacher and principal performance evaluations, implementation of the Common Core State Standards, and a 24-credit high school diploma that will actually provide students with all the credits they need to get into a state college.