Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor for June 3

Budget cuts will affect learning

I am writing in regard to the article about the Olympia School District pay cuts. There are multiple things in that article that I disagree with completely.

When I was in fifth grade, I got to go to Cispus Learning Center. It was one of the best times I had in my entire elementary school career.

Board Vice President Frank Wilson says that there is not much environmental learning going on, but I think that since there have been more pay cuts it is harder to stay long enough to really learn a lot.

Cispus gives the fifth graders a final good time at the end of their elementary school career, and it also gives you a chance to go on a hike and get exercise and you can learn many different things about the environment, such as how to build a fire there.

As well as the pay cuts affecting Cispus, the school board is going to be affecting some of the sports in high school.

I am a senior at Capital, and all four years I have been here they have had gymnastics. My sister will be here in one more school year and she is a very good gymnast who could get a scholarship for it. It would be unfair to take that away from students.

I hope that there will be some sort of change in these budget cuts because we wouldn’t want to take away the chances for kids to have a bright future.

HEATHER THORKILDSEN, Olympia

No one speaks for me

I am a child with no voice. No one speaks for me. Yet, there are lots of kids like me. Our classrooms are full of them.

My classmates and I are trying hard to learn, but our lessons are frequently disrupted, our attention distracted, our learning diminished. These disruptions happen more often and last longer than you might think.

Our teacher is expected to give extra time and energy to deal with the special children in our midst, but, she has no extra time or energy to give.

What she gives to them she must take away from the rest of us.

I feel sorry for these special children. I know they need help, but our teacher is no miracle worker and she is obligated to educate all of us in her classroom.

Parents of special children, and society in general, are quick to speak to the needs of these kids — and so they should.

But, if we could be heard, too, we would ask for a fairer share of our teacher’s time and attention, and a classroom free of disruptions.

No one speaks for us. Perhaps someone should.

PRUDENCE PERRY, Shelton

Intersection needs a left-turn arrow

There isn’t anything more frustrating than sitting at a stoplight waiting for the light to turn green so you can just get to school.

I moved to Olympia in October 2006 and found that even though I lived in Goldcrest, less than a mile away from Capital High School, I would sit and wait to turn left from Cooper Point Road onto Conger Avenue for about five minutes. You don’t move for that long on an average day. A good day was only a few minutes’ wait.

There are many tickets issued around this stoplight for speeding, which doesn’t surprise me at all considering people are trying to turn and get to school before the light turns red after a few cars.

My friend has already gotten three tickets within the last few months on that intersection because she was rushing to get to school.

If a left arrow were to be put on the stoplight turning left from Cooper Point onto Conger, students and parents would be able to get to school on time, to get to class and drop their kids off.

Maybe we’d have fewer tickets issued for speeding and a safer trip each morning to Capital High School.

KAYLA JENSEN, Olympia

Many women qualified for high court

I’ve been listening to a great deal of talk on the radio about reverse discrimination in regard to the president’s Supreme Court nominee, who happens to be a Latina.

I feel compelled to offer a bit of information that has obviously escaped many.

We have a very deep bench of women in the legal field these days. There are thousands and thousands of women, among whom there are hundreds who could be considered qualified for a Supreme Court appointment. They come from all walks of life and a variety of ethnic heritages.

The president did not need to compromise his judicial pick to choose someone within that group of legal minds.

People may argue the merits of Sonia Sotomayor’s appointment on her judicial decisions, but to suggest Sotomayor is being thrown a bone simply because she is a Latina, well, that’s just racist.

ANINE COLAIRE, Olympia

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