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Re: “A Persistent Life

Thank you Mary Lou for sharing your best friend

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Posted by Tamara Poelstra on 05/29/2015 at 10:46 PM

Re: “A Persistent Life

Thanks Mary Lou, you brought back many great memories of your great Man.

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Woody McEvers on 05/29/2015 at 7:28 PM

Re: “Put Kids First

Quality child care is important in many ways, there is TONS of research to back up this very fact. If we want kids to graduate high school, show lower instances of challenging behaviors, have lower arrest rates, fewer drug problems, spend fewer dollars on special education, and break the cycle of poverty- spending money in early learning is where it is at. The environments and interactions children have from birth-5 years old shapes the foundation of the person they will become for the rest of their life. Access to quality child care is what our country needs and will benefit from in so many different ways. Child care is a business, and by supporting early learning, you are also supporting the economy. Funding the Early Start Act is what we need!

2 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by AA on 05/29/2015 at 2:01 PM

Re: “Put Kids First

Once upon a time in a land not so far away, Parents were forced to choose cooperative daycare where one or both Parents gave one day per week to jointly care for their children and those of other co-op members. City, State, and Federal subsidies could then be stretched to provide meals, facilities, and a qualified early education specialist to assist the co-op. We need to focus on sustainability , family bonds and providing economic opportunity to families...welfare alone does nothing to break the cycles of poverty.

2 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by James Bennett on 05/29/2015 at 12:05 AM

Re: “Put Kids First

I am the owner/director of a child care center in Spokane Valley. We have been involved with Early Achievers for several years. It has made a huge impact on our center, the families that we provide care too, and to our childcare staff. Early Achievers represents the first real improvement to the childcare system in our state. It represents education for providers about quality learning environments and the importance of high quality interactions between children and teachers. It represents support to families so that they can do the best possible job that they can as parents. It represents financial support for childcare providers to improve facilities and to get closer to paying employees a living wage.

I have heard just about every legislator that I have talked with this year say that early learning is the best dollar spent in our state. I am really hoping that they truly understand the importance of the decision they have in front of them and fully fund the Early Start Act.

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Posted by Vicki Greger on 05/28/2015 at 4:26 PM

Re: “Put Kids First

I have worked in the Early Learning field for the past 15 years. Eight years I worked @ the Lake Washington Technical College in Kirkland Wa. Most of the children were the sons and daughters of single mothers, a few single fathers, who were working toward AA or technical degrees. These parents were also working at least part time and many worked full time jobs. They were struggling to provide for their children and improve themselves and the future for their families. The example these parents were setting for their children was not one of underachievement, laziness or any of the stereotypical behaviors listed in the previous comments. I don't doubt that there is abuse of social welfare programs, any more than I doubt that there is abuse of tax loopholes. However in either case the children of the perpetrators are not to blame. The philosophy behind Early Learning is not a process of dumbing down or lowering expectations; but rather what can we as adults do to bring out the highest potential of every child
to become a happy human being capable of contributing to society. Please visit a high quality Early Learning Center and find out for yourself what great work these dedicated professionals do everyday for the future. I believe you will be impressed.

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Posted by Peggy Dennis-butler on 05/28/2015 at 3:37 PM

Re: “Put Kids First

Good message Mariah. We need to underscore the ask, however, no matter the polital flavor of one's state representatives. Politicians act because constituents act. I'm contacting mine today.

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Posted by Dale Damron on 05/28/2015 at 3:11 PM

Re: “Put Kids First

The first three years of a child's life are the most critical to support brain growth. Our investments made during this time are the biggest "game changer" in terms of preparing a child for future success in school and life. Programs like Early Achievers has made the biggest impact on quality in licensed child care. When programs participate they have access to coaching and professional development that directly improves quality for children. Please contact your Legislator and tell them children need our investment now -support the House budget version to fully fund Early Start!

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Posted by LMW on 05/28/2015 at 1:03 PM

Re: “Put Kids First

While a family below the poverty line might spend 30% of their income on childcare, they spend 0% on food, nothing on school lunches, very little for rent, almost nothing for utilities and they only have to buy the trendy thug clothing they need to operate in their chosen environment. Every other need is funded by welfare, social programs and charities.

Poor in America is not "poor". Poverty in America is not "poverty". There is a social program for EVERY need, a food bank for every holiday dinner, a tattoo parlor waiting to ink the next gang symbol in their necks. Poor Americans are FAT, well fed, watching cable and playing Xbox. They are warm in their heated or cool in their air conditioned homes and have great healthcare. They complain about the wait for services they do not have to lift a finger to receive and we don't know why. They most certainly are missing work.

The basic function of "Early Start" is to indoctrinate children into socialism and train them to become dependent on the government for their care, feeding, problem solving and support. By starting when they are young, a good Orwellian program can remove drive, ambition and self-reliance from the slaves of socialism and teach them to obey their party masters without question.

They will learn the dangers of contact sports, keeping score and excessive achievement and learn that to be a good minion they much do as little as possible with the expectation that no matter how dismal their performance they will get a trophy or paycheck.

The dream of every illegal immigrant creeping into our nation is to come to America and live the life of a king on welfare.

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Posted by taxpayer on 05/28/2015 at 10:35 AM

Re: “Hiring Among Friends

Heard some rumors about a relationship between Mielke and O'Quinn. That just adds a whole new layer of funny to this situation

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Posted by guest on 05/27/2015 at 6:54 PM

Re: “Hiring Among Friends

Same "degree" as Cathy McMoRo got.

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Posted by Zelda Krup on 05/27/2015 at 1:32 PM

Re: “Walking to Where, Exactly?

My name is Larry Delaney, and I am the president of the Lakewood Education Association. On April 22nd, along with our neighbors in Stanwood-Camano and Arlington, we were the first local teachers union in Washington to walk-out. Contrary to what many in the media want to believe, our labor action - and the action of the more than 60 school districts that followed us - was not based on a directive from WEA. Quite the contrary, this was a grass-roots action born out of a meeting of teacher leaders in Snohomish, Skagit, and Whatcom Counties. When we walked on April 22nd, we had no idea what districts, if any, would follow. What we found was that our reasons for walking-out resonated not only with educators across the state, but comunities too. Our primary reason for walking out was the lack of progress that the legislature has made toward fulling funding K - 12 education statewide. Do the current iterations of the budget make progress? Yes. Is it adequate progress? Not even close! Media outlets across the state seem attached to the "Teacher's Want More Pay" angle. Are teachers, statewide, compensated fairly? No. Are these walk-outs about salary? No. Be assured, if either the Senate or House budgets made adequate progress toward fully funding the McCleary Decision by 2018, you would not see teachers walking-out. This statewide action is about kids - both my children and the children that I teach. I apologize if the actions of any local unions inconvenienced a community for a day. A one day inconvenience is a small price to pay, however, for strengthening our communities for years to come with fully funded schools.

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Posted by Larry Delaney on 05/25/2015 at 8:52 PM

Re: “Walking to Where, Exactly?

Excellent comments Gayle. You appear better informed than the writer of this article. He says that the legislators are funding at higher amounts than ever before. Well, that is because they have underfunded for decades. If you pay your housekeeper 50 cents an hour for decades and then raise it to $5, that's a significant increase BUT, it's still significantly underpaying.

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Posted by Karen Adlum on 05/25/2015 at 8:50 PM

Re: “Walking to Where, Exactly?

This is very uneducated article. Obviously the author did not do a lot of research. First of all the WEA did not and cannot force its members to walk out. What they actually did was support those that chose to as well as those that decided to do otherwise. Secondly the legislature has been held incontempt by the supreme court because at the rate they are progressing it will be 2056 before they have met their constitutional obligation. In the past six years, teachers have not received a cost of living allocation and have seen their medical costs soar, sometimes at a thousand percent. Some are receiving significantly lower pay because of this. Currently the senate only plans on putting 1.3 billion back into education. It comes at a heavy price though because it would eliminate collective bargaining rights at the local level and would eliminate local control over healthcare plans. The vague plan would create a new healthcare system, to be overseen by a yet unnamed committee, which would naturally have to receive a salary. The beauracracy is mindboggling. Unfortunately it would cut teachers healthcare to pay for it while state workers and state legislators already receive two hundred dollars more for their health plans. The senate, while giving themselves an 11.2 pay increase, would only give teachers a 2.3 increase over two years which would in no way make up for the 26000 dollars in back pay they owe educators. The house has the highest amount, which would put 1.8 billion but in no way meets the five billion they have been mandated to add. Also this is the second time voters have decreed there should be smaller class sizes. I think it is highly insulting to say that voters didn't know what they asking. Most four through 12 classes have over 30 children in a class. A high school teacher can see upwards of 200 students in a single day. We, as a state, are 47th in the nation in class sizes. This is a major problem. Teachers cannot work individually with students when classes are so large. This is how students get left behind. The legislators have promised to lower class sizes in K-3 but it comes at a price. There are two bills, one in the house and one in the senate, that would add eight students to every four through 12 class. A class of 35 would now be a class of 43. This is a logistical nightmare, not to mention a safety hazard. Many teachers spend 60 to 80 hours a week already on grading and planning. Can you imagine what this extra workload would do? None of the plans coming out of Olympia are good. In a state with the fifth highest economy in the country, I find it interesting that we can give Boeing a nine billion dollar tax cut, refuse to close the loophole that states Microsoft is still a start up (they only pay two percent) but refuse to support the future of our society.

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Posted by Gayle on 05/25/2015 at 7:17 PM

Re: “Walking to Where, Exactly?

You want to see some walk outs at public schools? Give parents vouchers for their kids' tuition to be spent at the schools of their choosing, and watch the kids go. Then the union would have something to cry about, and deservedly so. But because most parents don't have choices, the union and their members can throw a tantrum with impunity.

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Posted by muddydog on 05/24/2015 at 5:27 PM

Re: “Too Early to Tell

In a head to head poll of Republicans between Ms. Farris and Hillary Clinton, I bet Ms. Farris wins handily. Then again, Mickey Mouse or Daffy Duck would beat Ms. Clinton too, and rightly so. They'd get a lot of money from Acme Co., but they wouldn't lie about it, and their positions on foreign and domestic policy are every bit as insightful as hers.

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Posted by muddydog on 05/24/2015 at 5:17 PM

Re: “Hiring Among Friends

Others have a different view of the value of an Executive MBA program.

http://www.economist.com/whichmba/executive-mba-ranking/2015?fsrc=scn/fb/wl/bl/st/firstprincipals

Posted by Al Olsen on 05/23/2015 at 5:40 PM

Re: “Walking to Where, Exactly?

Thank you for articulating what many of us parents and many students are feeling.

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Posted by justme43 on 05/22/2015 at 4:15 PM

Re: “Defending the System

It is easy to be prejudiced against criminal defendants and assume their guilt. I am a firm believer in the policy of "innocent until proven guilty;' it is an important foundation of democracy. I agree with this Adams when he said he thought that "helping people most in need would be a noble profession." I believe in the judicial system as long as those within it act with honor and honesty. One man cannot define the lines between justice and mercy, but that is why we have a jury as well as a judge and lawyers for both sides.
Eli | Alvine and King Law

Posted by elibaine on 05/22/2015 at 8:15 AM

Re: “Hiring Among Friends

If Todd Mielke had received $300 million dollars from corrupt foreign governments, big corporations or billionaires who want access to his family of crooks he would be adored and worshipped as a GOD. If he had deleted EVERY email he ever sent and broke every public records law in America he would be running for president and worshipped by this very same writer and a gift to society.

Maybe Todd is being shamed because his "crime" is that he is simply not stealing enough, corrupt enough or that he does not lie nearly enough to media watchdogs?

5 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Public sector on 05/22/2015 at 8:07 AM

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