Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor for Jan. 14

Lawmakers should take pay cut, too

I note that Sen. Lisa Brown, D-Spokane, supports forcing state employees to take one day furlough per month as a temporary measure.

Economic times are tight. We all realize that unfortunate fact. I could support this idea with one large caveat — all state legislators would take the same cut in pay. I calculate it at 4.6 percent.

Also, state legislators living within 25 miles of Olympia would lose their per diem expense allowance and any meal allowances.

Those payments are nonsense anyway and a perk for the law writers.

General state workers must return home for the night or pay the motel/meal costs out of their own pockets when only 25 miles from home. Why should legislators be treated any better than other state employees?


Support Rochester school levy

Basic education funding does not fund anything beyond what legislators would classify as basic education, therefore without passage of the school levy our children will have fewer opportunities to compete in a global marketplace.

What are the basics for living in today’s world? How many of you own a computer and/or a cell phone? Quality education is not just textbooks, paper and pencils — those things funded by basic education.

In reality, quality education goes beyond. It provides for quality teachers, learning that meets the needs of EVERY student, and an environment that promotes learning.

There is no question that we are facing tough times in our community. Aristotle once stated that “The beauty of the soul shines out when a man bears with composure one heavy mischance after another, not because he does not feel them, but because he is a man of high and heroic temper.”

It is time to reveal our true character. We need to look out for our future. We need to look beyond a bruised economy where our resolve is tested and look to a future that includes the education of our students. We need to foster the notion that our well-educated students progressing into the future will have the support of the community just as the community needs the support of the schools.

Vote yes for Rochester schools. This is not a new tax. When the 2008 levy expires in 2010, the new levy merely renews the same level of community funding for schools.