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IL ! t IL b ~_~ .~. 4 a,~ .... ~oun'i~ J,~ucn.gl - Thursday. Aug. 14, 2014 LETTERS TO THE EDITOR School system needs help Editor, the Journal Mr. Wigginton's letter to the editor suggested competi- tion in education could im- prove schools. Gary Wilson, retired teacher and teachers' union president disagreed, saying Mr. Wigginton was "uninformed." Mr. Wilson sug- gested private schools would cherry pick the best students, leaving the less motivated, less capable and less qualified for the public schools. It is Mr. Wilson who is uninformed. The 2014 Washington K-12 Education Handbook identi- fied more than $1.2 billion available for special educa- tion, learning assistance and bilingual education in 2012. There is no cherry picking; there is money for all. The 2012 grand total for educa- tion was over $9.9 billion from federal, state and local taxes. Even with all this money, we have these educational fail- ures: Less than half of Wash- ington's graduating seniors meet the basic requirements for admission to a four-year college. Many college fresh- men must take bonehead English, math and writing courses. Washington state failed the No Child Left Behind fed- eral law. Many Washington schools are declining and may be put on probation. Notices are on the way to your mail- box. There has been a 400 percent increase in education funding with no corresponding student improvement. One-third of job appli- cants requiring a high school diploma are considered un- qualified. No school in summer because kids are "needed" to work on the farm is a 19th century concept. With all that money, why these failures? Four elected politicians, all Democrats, are responsible for statewide educational policy and fund- ing, including House Edu- cation chairperson Kathy Haigh. These four and the teachers union refuse to fix education. Politicians and union bosses want blank checks rather than educa- tion reform. Four changes needed this next legislative session are: state Legislature's actions and Year-round schools, the Mason County commis- Principals fire bad teach- sioner actions of Sen. / Com- ers. missioner Sheldon as a county Student competency in resident who is interested key subjects with no social as to how he is being repre- promotion, sented. School vouchers provided The major criticism seems for all children, and parental to always be absenteeism choice for the use of school from county commission meet vouchers to include public, ings, or displeasure with the private and home-schooling, way he has voted in the state Why do we re-elect Demo- Legislature. Well, reading crats who are incapable and past the written words of his unwilling to fix our schools? Is critics, let me say this. party loyalty more impor-I can't recall Sen. Sheldon's tant to you than your chil- absence from commission dren? The 35th district needs meetings ever being an issue. Dan Griffey in Olympia inIt always seems like issues 2014. of importance reflected his opinion and, when a necessary Ardean Anvik vote was required, it was of- Elma (Star Lake) fered. Even his abstaining vote on the recent budgetary matter for lack of services by other county agencies to me repre- needed in sented a statement that was needed by an elected official Senate seat charged with fiduciary respon- sibility of tax revenue. Editor, the Journal In the state Legislature I've It seems there's a vocal followed (with glee) Sen. Shel- move afoot to discredit our don's proposals and behind- 35th district state Sen. Tim the-scenes work to reduce our Sheldon. I've followed the state's bureaucratic footprint on monopolized liquor sales trict expressing my personal and the state printing shop views about my husband's monopoly political career in the state And those are just the ones Legislature. of which I'm aware Ms. Reed claimed to have Now, because of recent not been able to respond to court decisions, our statemy letter without a return is faced with mandated in-address, thus she was ad- creases of non-existent tax dressing me publicly in the revenues to fund increasedJournal. expenditures for educationShe neglected to mention, and mental health care. however, that I had included Do you want to send an my home telephone number untried and politically uncon- just below my signature at nected freshmen candidate the end of the letter, along into that situation? Neither with an invitation to anyone do I. who would like to share their thoughts with me to call me at G. Owen Ray home. Allyn Obviously, Ms. Reed was looking for a much broader audience for her criticism of Senator's wife my words. It is only fair others should be able to read my let- ter and make up their own any minds whether I have been to answer in any way dishonest or du- plicitous. I stand by every word in it. Editor, the Journal Linda H. Sheldon Roslynne Reed, in a letter Hoodsport to the Journal (Aug. 7), ref- erenced a letter I had sent to women voters in the 35th dis- see LETTERS, page A-5 Mason County USPS 492-800 Mason County Journal is aOwned and published by Advertising: Composing room: member of Washington Newspaper Shelton-Muon County Journal, Inc. Dave Pierik, Sr. Acct. Executive William Adams, graphics POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Mason Publishers' Association. Tom Hyde, publisher Kathy Brooks, ad representative Linda Frizzell, graphics County Journal, P.O. Box 430, Shelton, WA 98584. Lloyd Mullen, ad representative SUBSCRIPTION RATES: Newsroorn: All editorial, advertising and legal Published weekly by the Mason County Journal Adam Rudnick, editor Front office: deadlines are 5 p.m. Monday prior at 227 West Cota Street, Shelton, Washington $37 per year for Mason County Natalie Johnson, reporter Donna Kinnaird, bookkeeper to publication. Mailing address: RO. Box 430, Shelton, WA 98584 eddresses," Gordon Weeks, reporter Amanda Strand, circulation Telephone (360) 426-4412.www.masoncounty.com $51 per year in state of Washington Emily Hanson, sports reporter To submit a letter to the editor, Periodicals postage paid at Shelton, Washington but outside Mason County, $61 per Kirk Ericson, proofreader email Istters@masoncounty.com. ......... year out of state. . .... . ~ .. ~ ; ,