Judge Sotomayor qualified
I support Judge Sonia Sotomayor’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Her experiences as a Latina, a former prosecutor and corporate lawyer, someone who grew up poor, a graduate of Princeton and Yale Law School, a diabetic and a federal judge with 17 years of experience will bring a broad and crucial perspective to the Supreme Court.
She would bring more federal judicial experience than anyone currently serving on the Supreme Court had at the time of their nomination.
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It is demeaning that some say she is just an affirmative action pick, as though she had nothing else to recommend her.
Were John Roberts and Sam Alito affirmative action picks for conservative white men?
Now they know how it feels
I am having a very hard time feeling sorry for auto dealers and real estate agents during this economic downturn.
These are two of the biggest get-rich-quick schemes around.
All the other folks at car dealerships work hard for their meager earnings. The only thing I see the sellers do is hook the bait and reel them in. Even then the real decision-maker is somewhere out of earshot.
Once the sale is agreed to, the finance person and the deed and title person work very hard and very quickly to get the signatures.
Meanwhile the seller sits back and re-baits for the next large mouth bass — for a totally unearned commission.
Realtors are just as bad.
They lure buyers into homes (usually above their financial comfort level) but once again after the deal is agreed to, the work is done by either an escrow company or legal team.
The Realtors certainly didn’t earn their position. How long is the license class? I spent longer in basic training for the military but I don’t drive a Cadillac afterward.
It is high time they got their just reward.
We are all responsible for education
I share Prudence Perry’s concern about teachers being able to spend their classroom time with all children.
As a father of a child with autism, I feel bad for other children when the teacher’s work is interrupted. However, we are very fortunate to work with a team of dedicated special education professionals in the Olympia School District who have reduced the burden on a teacher educating a classroom of kids.
The team has worked successfully with my son and his teachers on strategies to reduce disruptions.
The key is that it is not the sole responsibility of a single teacher to educate a classroom of children. Giving classroom teachers additional outside help — whether it is special education specialists, reading or math tutors helping everyone meet expectations, or parents volunteering their special skills — are all essential for allowing every child to receive the benefits of a public education.
All parents and the community are responsible for helping teachers get their jobs done in the classroom.
Sometimes forgotten is the intent of special education, which is to help every child to be integrated into society and interact with others different than themselves.
Special education is not just for the benefit of those kids with special needs. I do not want to return to the 1970s when my brother grew up as a special needs child, isolated from his peers in the school system because the silent majority did not want to see him.
Nation needs new health care system
When are our politicians going to wake up?
Our health care costs are almost double that of other industrial countries, because they have a government-controlled system.
France has perhaps the best health care, for everyone, for about half what we pay. When I lived there I found most people were satisfied with it.
When I was sick in India and when my wife had bad falls in Syria, Uzbekistan, and Siberia, we had good health care, cheap.
Our health insurance agents spend much time and money trying to decide how to deny a valid claim. Doctors and hospitals must maintain an expensive staff to decide how to get paid by insurance companies.
In the 17 years I have been covered by Medicare, it is rare to deny a valid claim. Our health care costs have gone up faster than a space ship.
When I was a corporate personnel director in the 1950s, our complete health insurance cost was only $7 monthly per employee in rural Washington, and $11 in California.
Now it would be 20 times as much, while overall costs of living have gone up far less.
Many Americans are only one sickness or injury away from bankruptcy. Many refuse to marry or divorce, or to leave an undesirable job for another, because they would lose health care benefits.
Doctors and hospitals charge us much more to cover costs of those who can’t pay. How did Americans, usually good business people, get such a horrible system?