Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor for Dec. 10

Palin pokes her critics in the eye

The recent publication of Sarah Palin’s “Going Rogue” was greeted by her critics as a blame game and with demands that she get over it and move on.

Indeed, Matthew Continetti’s “The Persecution of Sarah Palin” has been met with similar disdain.

But what is wrong with blame? The predicate of our judicial system is blame or synonymously, accusation. Whenever there is a dispute, blame initiates the debate that leads to clarity, truth and justice.

Media pundits exercised free reign to denigrate the one person in America about whom they had complete ignorance and clinical levels of paranoia. Casting aside journalistic professionalism, they accepted, as fact, the published delusions of multitudinous myth- casting/sustaining bloggers, themselves frustrated that their vision of writing the great American novel had been long ago thwarted by incompetence.

Blame is a bitter term to contemplate by those who chose to purposefully fabricate allegations poisoning the well of America’s electoral system. Blame calls them to account for their lack of integrity and foolishness. If blame is misplaced, they have greater access to set the record straight than did Palin and they should do so.

I am pleased that Palin had the courage and common sense to challenge widely disseminated fictions about her persona, her family, her career and her candidacy. I suspect the response from some of those who did all they could to bring her down will be a stony silence implying guilty as charged.

Students need basic math skills

The governor, our legislators, and The Olympian are all out to lunch when it comes to math and the Washington state students.

Business leaders want employees who can make change and do basic bookkeeping math. Our school systems require, instead, algebra II and the passing of the math WASL. Have you actually taken time to look at an algebra II assignment? It is challenging math that 90 percent of Washington employees do not use in everyday work.

Furthermore, the WASL math test is really a writing test. You can’t just say “4” if the question is “What’s 2 + 2?”

You have to write an essay on how you got to the answer.

We have a brutal math exam that ruins lives (and is really a writing test).

The Olympian further states that the teachers’ union is seeking more money for teachers’ pay. That’s not it. They are looking for smaller class sizes.

We need all students to learn the math that they will actually use at work. Additional math needs to be taught to those headed to specialized fields. Keeping the wrong curriculum requirements and the wrong test in overcrowded classrooms is the recipe for failure for far too many kids. Health care more important than war

To counter what seems to me an unchallenged streak of letters and op-eds in The Olympian opposing any health care reform which includes a public option, I would like to comment on a Thanksgiving day column by David Brooks. He decries siphoning off the nation’s wealth for a “wasteful health care system.” The implication is that the resources wasted on taking care of the vulnerable and elderly could be used for more productive purposes.

Since our largest budget expense is war – always unhesitatingly funded despite its wastefulness – can he really believe that the unquestioning spending of monetary and human resources on two failed wars is more productive than providing care for the ill?

He poses this as a debate about moral values – about what kind of country we want America to be. We would face “ ... a brutal choice ...” between adopting reform that “ ... would make us a more decent society, but also a less vibrant one.”

If vibrancy implies willingness to open-endedly finance unnecessary and unjust wars at the cost of neglecting our less fortunate citizens, I guess I’m hopelessly outmoded in my vision of the benevolent and welcoming America I have always cherished.

Obama should pardon the Salahis

Here is a perfectly logical solution to the Salahi party crash story.

Just before Thanksgiving, President Obama hosted a function in the Rose Garden in which he formally pardoned Courage, the Thanksgiving turkey. He made a brief pardoning speech, and waved his hand over Courage, who was then sent to Disneyland.

The president should invite the Salahis to the Rose Garden, place a bonnet of turkey feathers on their heads, and formally pardon them in the same fashion that Courage was released from responsibility for turkeydom.

After all, if the president can pardon one turkey, there should be no problem with two more.