Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor for June 24

Home-schooled kids do stand out

Boy, I bet the letters are rolling in about Robert Mitchell’s recent dissing of home-schooling. And rightfully so. His opinion is not only wrong, it is patently absurd.

Mitchell is absolutely right about one thing, it is easy to spot a home-schooled child. Home-schooled kids are the brightest, most pleasant young people you will ever meet.

They are polite, kind, articulate and behave as responsible human beings. Plus, they can carry on intelligent conversations with adults, something public/private schooled children are incapable of.

But perhaps the biggest differences between home-schooled kids and their public/private peers is their very high self-esteem. Teenagers in public/private schools define themselves by how others view them; home-schooled kids pay no attention to such garbage, they judge themselves.

Mitchell decries the lack of socializing for home-schoolers that the public/private schools apparently provide. Sure, home-schooled kids don’t get bullied, put down or made fun of by their peers.

They also don’t get ridiculed for being different or harboring independent thoughts. The primary socializing the public/private schools provide is to make kids yearn to be part of the in crowd; home-schoolers desire to lead, not follow.

As a small-business owner, I would suggest to anyone looking for employees that you should focus on home-schooled kids. They are dependable, responsible, and trustworthy and believe in the integrity of good work.

And, to anyone who has lost faith in our youth, just interact briefly with a home-schooled kid and you will sleep much better at night.

STEVE SHANEWISE, Olympia

Realtors earn their paycheck

I am angry at the remarks of Paul McDonald calling real estate agents and auto dealers “two of the biggest get-rich-quick schemes around.”

My daughter has been a Realtor for nearly two years and before that I was as uninformed as McDonald.

He is incorrect is in what is required to become a Realtor in the area of knowledge. I assisted my daughter in studying for the exam she took after a number of hours of classes. The material was complex and difficult. In addition they have to continue their education in order to keep their licenses.

The Realtor does not determine the buyer’s eligibility for a loan. It is the lender (be angry with the mortgage companies and banks), the appraisers and the sellers who work out the financial arrangements.

Commissions go to the brokers, listing agents and sales agents. Realtors are independent business people who each month pay fees to the broker, for copies, advertising, their own signs, taxes, equipment, etc.

In addition for every sale they spend hundreds of hours driving people around who never buy anything from them. They work horrible, long hours, interrupt vacations, fix sellers’ property, run errands and the list goes on.

If most people put in the kind of hours, expenses and efforts my daughter does they could all drive the vehicle of their choice (which must be chosen to accommodate multiple passengers).

ALMA GREENWOOD, Tumwater

Signatures are matter of public record

When did it become intimidation to publicize the names of people who sign petitions for initiatives or referenda?

Signing such petitions is a matter of public record. Every time I sign a petition, I do so with the understanding that my name becomes part of the public record.

If someone wants to ask me why I support a certain issue, I have no problem respectfully explaining my position. If I am not comfortable with an initiative or referendum, I simply refuse to sign.

This is not a gay rights issue. The same is true for taxes, abortion, the environment, transportation, and any other issue that comes before the electorate as an initiative or referendum.

When you sign your name on any petition, you should be prepared for that fact to be public knowledge. If you’re not comfortable with that, then don’t sign.

It’s really that simple.

JEREMY HAGQUIST, Olympia

Where to go when rights are violated?

What does a citizen do when the very people who are to protect our rights and uphold the laws are not held to this standard?

If you’re financially strapped, but know your rights on the Constitution, nothing can be done for you. In other words, if your home is illegally searched and the assault done to you is not of monetary value, you’re out of opportunities.

So what is a citizen to do when they have broken no law, while their rights are trampled on by the very people who should be protecting them?

A civil suit, depending on what court you pick, has a filing fee. They want to know a damage amount. So if it’s just the principle of the matter, the fact that you have the right to deny entry to anyone entering your private property without a proper warrant, how will you be exonerated?

The answer is never.

Money is the only issue, not our rights as free citizens.

What country do we live in?

What year is it? How about Germany 1940?

CHRISTINE ALFORD, Yelm

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