In doing a little research, it looks like Liv Finne's job at the Washington Policy Center is to find ways to undermine public funding of things like public education. So, this is just anti-public education propaganda.
Posted 5 September 2015, 7 p.m.
Sorry...the above post is an early and incomplete draft of my comments. Not sure why it posted.
Posted 5 September 2015, 6:53 p.m.
You are right, Derek, but the op-ed is loaded with other misleading "facts" too. For example, look at the claim that "teachers average $83,000 in pay and benefits" for a 10-month job. According to OSPI, the state and WWPS combined contribute roughly $900 per month toward health benefits (or $11,000 per year), and another 10% to the pension plan. The base wage ranged last year from $34,000 to $64,000 (for a veteran teacher with a PhD). So, the MOST a veteran teacher with a PhD could gross working just the contract hours plus retirment and health benefits for 10 months would be $81,200 ($6,400 pension/$10,800 health/$64,000 salary).
So, where does the $83,000 average come from? My guess is the part-time jobs teachers work, such as coaching and working the TRI days.
Posted 5 September 2015, 6:32 p.m.
Um, yes. I said the letter writer says we shouldn't ban things. I didn't take a position on banning things one way or the other. For the record, though, if someone wants to be offensive and fly a Nazi flag or a Confederate flag from their house, I think they should have the right to do so. Just as I have the right to be offended by it.
Posted 31 August 2015, 5:47 p.m.
Namvet, this letter is suggesting that we quit looking to the past and just get over it. I am saying the opposite, that we can't forget the history of the swastika or the confederate flag or any of it.
I have no idea how you got the idea that I want to revise history.
Posted 31 August 2015, 5:44 p.m.
If I am reading this letter correctly -- and I may not be -- it seems to suggest that the Jews should just get over the holocaust and not try to educate people about the horrors of Nazism and the symbolism associated with the swastika. If the neighbor of a Jewish family flies that flag on their mailbox, it shouldn't faze the Jewish family.
And black people should just get over the history Jim Crow laws and their grandparents getting lynched with no defense from the law, because they are being irrational to be offended by the same flag that was flown beside the burning crosses on their lawns and the same flag that flew in the back of the pick up truck that dragged those poor young men to their deaths...the same flag that Confederate soldiers pledged their allegiance to as they fought to keep slavery legal. The same flag that young man in South Carolina posed with before executing nine black people at a prayer meeting. Just stop your whining, black people.
The letter suggests we should no longer ban things that are offensive. So he supports people's right to burn the American flag, yes? And people can erect statues of Satan beside the Ten Commandments outside a courthouse without others complaining. And what about those cake makers who are offended by gay marriage. They should just get over it.
In all seriousness, it is easy for a white person in SE Washington to not be offended by the Confederate flag. It is easy because they don't know any better, and some of them close their ears and say, "nah, nah, nah...I can't hear you" when someone tries to explain it to them. That doesn't make them right. It just makes them small.
Posted 30 August 2015, 9:58 p.m.
I'm with you again, barracuda. Our family had a fabulous time, as did just about everyone I know. It's a memory we will have for a long time.
As a sidebar, I remember when I lived in Seattle that there were always complainers when the Blue Angels came to town for Seafair. "Too much noise!" they would cry. They were the same people who complained about fireworks on the 4th of July. Great memories for kids and families, though. Some people forget that their experience isn't the only one that counts.
Posted 30 August 2015, 7:39 p.m.
So, let's say in Iraq that the Kurds were being killed by the Hussein's Bath party. If the Kurds wanted to bring attention to their plight, why not create the message that "Kurdish Lives Matter"? Should the Kurds really be criticized for not including the Bathists in their slogan. The point would be that there is an injustice being perpetrated disproportionately upon Kurdish people.
To be clear, this analogy obviously fails in that the Bathists are not a fair comparison in any way to our police officers, most of whom do a great job under very difficult circumstances. But the analogy works for pointing out that murders of white people get lots of coverage and national attention, whereas crimes against black people do not. Hense, "Black Lives Matter." They are just trying to get some attention directed at this issue.
And by the way, your reference to "thuggery" would be interesting if they were white protesters. But they aren't. That is no longer an acceptable term in this context.
Posted 20 August 2015, 10:37 p.m.
Nice letter. I spent Thursday night downtown listening to the live music and watching all of the people. It was really special to experience this with my kids. Things will get back to normal in a few days, but this is pretty cool right now.
Posted 13 August 2015, 10:04 p.m.
Posted 28 July 2015, 7:25 p.m.
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