George Le Masurier, Publisher
Jerre Redecker, Senior Editor
John Dodge, Columnist
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Doug Mah, Community Representative
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The Bengazi cover-up, the IRS targeting conservative/libertarian groups with intrusive and unconstitutional questionnaires, gun control, even The Associated Press phone records unconstitutionally extracted from phone carriers.
The May 7 edition of The Olympian included an article on taxes which referenced how “state and local governments in Washington are missing out on more than $1 billion every two years in uncollected tax revenue from online sales according to the Department Of Revenue.”
The high cost of health care will not come down with health care reforms implemented by President Barack Obama. Health care costs are high because CEOs overpay themselves and financially loot their corporations.
Politicians, their lawyers and their Wall Street bankers, who pay them handsomely through campaign contributions to keep them in office, have come up with a word seldom used in everyday language by everyday working Americans: sequestration. Not confiscation, deprivation, execution, garnishment, impoundment, seizure, but sequestration.
Why is Joint Base Lewis-McChord using Olympia airspace as a training ground for low-level military helicopters? The FAA requires that aircraft be 1,000 feet or higher above ground level. The flights are loud, obnoxious and unsafe for the residents.
Substitute House Bill 1935 does not provide any funding for our state parks. There is an amendment proposed by Rep. Larry Seaquist with the same kind of bipartisan support that was behind the original HB 1935 — to put back into the bill the original language that was the core of the original bill and provided real funding for the state park system.
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.
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 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.
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.