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Our state legislators must figure out a way to “make ample provision” for educating all our children. Washington’s courts have ruled that:
• The state must define and fully fund basic education.
• Basic education includes both general education and special education.
Sometime during the late ’90s, I had a Pentium II computer. The screen was a CRT; the modem moved data at 15.6kbps. It ran Windows 95, had a 250MB hard-drive and, back in the day, it was the standard mainstream system found almost everywhere.
Our nation needs two healthy political parties. Currently, there is only one, the Democratic Party. The Republican Party today is on life support, but there is hope.
During last year’s gubernatorial campaign, then-candidate Jay Inslee said he wanted to be Washington’s first science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) governor. As governor, Inslee has taken strong steps toward delivering on that promise, championing and supporting measures to improve STEM education.
A few years ago, I gave the introductory lecture-discussion for the drug and alcohol unit of a local hospital. Each group of 20-30 people met for three weeks. Ages ranged from 16-60.
Public feedback at the April 18 hearing conducted by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife about its proposed listing of the pocket gopher and several other species, and about Thurston County’s proposed habitat conservation plan, sent a consistent message to federal regulators and our County Commissioners.
In recent weeks, staff and commissioners at the Port of Olympia have been approached by citizens questioning the port’s decision to receive and handle ceramic proppants imported from China at the port.
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) was touted as the magic elixir — the answer to health care reform. The law is a bitter concoction that we are being forced to sip, swish and swallow. Obamacare will fail, forcing the American people into a single-payer, government system.
In Washington, we take great pride in our progressive leadership among all the other states. Yet, sadly, Washington is in last place – 50th among the 50 states – in the amount of money the state contributes to our trial courts.
Washington rightly prides itself for embracing new ideas so it can run clean, secure and accurate elections, but we are always on the outlook for fresh reforms and improvements. As our 2013 Legislature takes up a variety of proposals, new research from the Pew Charitable Trusts can help our state find solid, researchbased information to make sound decisions.