Within a recent editorial in The Olympian that addressed the recent pay raise given to legislators and other elected officials, citizen salary commission member Melissa Albert was quoted in part as justifying the significant raises on the grounds that, “we felt there was some catching up to do.”
Go back in time with me now to when Rod Serling, cigarette in hand, stood within our black and white TVs and alerted us that “… this highway leads to the shadowy tip of reality: you’re on a through route to the land of the different, the bizarre, the unexplainable … ladies and gentlemen, next stop, The Twilight Zone!”
Like many, I’m outraged that again and again Olympia’s legislators are given raises, when again and again they fail to perform. With Mr. Serling’s words in mind, imagine if they were only given raises and allowed to keep their jobs if they produced results.
Yet this body of role models sponsors bills that expect teachers to rise above it all; to perform, at times, the unreal; and within it all keep their jobs. For them to perform at the level they expect their teachers to would be some catching up of a different kind, wouldn’t it?!
Congratulations to Gov. Inslee, Rep. Reykdal, Sen. Braun and the select others, for getting off that clown bus and stating they will donate their raises. Somewhere along that highway, I’m sure, Rod Serling has a quizzical smile.