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ols Thursday, Aug. 21,201 4 - Mason County Journal - Page A-5 continued from page A-4 If youth unemployment is a worldwide problem, what's the answer? First, parents must encourage their children to stay in school and learn the basics: reading, writing and arithmetic. Then people need to learn a set of skills to become employable. Since we all learn in different ways, our schools must be more flexible in providing learning op- portunities. For example, many students today want non-tradition- al forms of education, such as on- line courses and specialized schools like the Aviation High School in South Seattle. These alternatives pique students' interests and give them a reason to attend school. Second, advanced and con- tinuing education must also offer a variety of options. Not every student is interested in or can afford a degree from a four-year university. Many want a skill from a community college, tech- nical institute or a specialized academy such as Vancouver's Northwest Railroad Institute. An increasing number of adults would like to earn a college degree, but because they have families and jobs, they can't take a year or two off to go to a traditional college. An alternative for them is affordable, self-paced degree programs such as WGU-Washington offers. However, a good education is only part of the answer. In the end, we need to create jobs -- something which has been lag- ging significantly since 2008. For example, energy develop- ment holds great potential. In fact, the nation's best place to look for work is North Dakota, where Bismarck has the nation's lowest jobless rate at 2.6 percent. The best opportunity for young people to fmd their first work is a part-time or seasonal job at a local business. That first job provides the experience they need. There is no substitute for on-the-job training and there is no more satisfying experience than cashing that first paycheck. So here is one key recommen- dation for our elected officials who want to reduce youth un- employment. Remove barriers to employment and reduce costs so employers can hire people. Work provides dignity and hope, a way to lift people out of poverty and despair. Don BruneU recently, retired as president of the As- sociation of Washington Busi- ness. He can be contacted at theBrunells@msn.com. continued from page A-4 Sheldon: Switch sides Editor, the Journal I am writing this today because I promised I would. This is in regard to the two Democratic people running for the state Senate position. It is my opinion that Tim Sheldon is defrauding the peo- ple of Mason County. Now, I had to pon- der this for a while, as I usually do before making my decision on something. I went to the Democratic office, here in Shelton, and asked them why they do not support Sheldon for state Senate. I was told that it is because he votes primarily Republican and you have to know this is true, because the Republican Party just sent out a mailer in favor of Sheldon. Now, I do not profess to be either Democrat or Republican, but it is in my opinion that if you're going to run for any public or state office, you should know which side you're on. So I say to you, Sen. Sheldon; be a man of honor and switch sides. Don't have one foot in one pond and one foot in the other. It's way too easy to get elected that way because your name shows up on the ballot as a The BluLink If" SPECIAL EVENT AUGUST lSt-29th Schedule Your FREE In-Office Demonstration of BluLink II Solutions for Every Budget VIRTUALLY HIDDEN! Democrat, and we all know that this side of Washington votes primarily Democrat. I challenge other voters to start look- ing at the people you vote for and make sure that your beliefs line up with theirs. Penny Tibbits Shelton Some more L. y.L"-ou -L" and email address. I think true commu- nication includes giving the recipient the on Sheldon's letter Editor, the Journal I don't want to belabor a point. How- ever, I am compelled to respond to Lin- da Sheldon's letter to the editor in the Mason County Journal on Aug. 14. In a letter to the editor of The Olym- pian on Aug. 11, Maija Keller of Olympia also received Mrs. Sheldon's letter to women voters in the 35th district and describes exactly what I would expect from Mrs. Sheldon had I just called her. Ms. Keller states; "I wish he would run as an independent and not fraudulently as a Democrat. That's what I told her; she hung up. Not a sign of openness to di- verse opinions or bipartisan cooperation." I agree that MrS. Sheldon should Vocal HearFlex 350TM is like wearing nothing at all. 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I When I mail to others, I give them the admire their sacrifices and dedication, and option of response methods by providing know the students they are working with my mailing address, telephone number today are not the students of the 1950s. I believe parents should have options that are available to all, which is the opportunity to be heard and choose their premise behind the public school system. method of commtmication. However,However, every parent should also have my issue is not with Mrs. Sheldon. Her the option of schooling their students letter asked the recipient to vote for her elsewhere without the burden of having to husband, Sen. / Commissioner Sheldon. pay for their child's education twice, once Mr. Sheldon has a record that he alone with their tax dollars, and if they choose must defend. Voters must take that into ac- to go elsewhere, a private school tuition. count when deciding who would best repre- Tax dollars belong to the people, not sent their views and interests. My support the government, and the people should must go to Irene Bowling for state Senate. decide how those dollars will be spent, Her sincerity, work ethic, community in- including having the right to establish volvement, and proven leadership are the alternative educational settings. It is qualities we need in every public official, not the mission of alternative schools to educate every student as it is of public Roslyrme Reedschools, but this does not negate the Shelton right of those choosing alternative edu- cation options to access public tax dol- Taking issue with lars earmarked for education. I suggest it would be more equitable if taxpayers kept a larger portion of their income and paid for their students' edu- cation monthly at the institution of their Editor, the Journal choice. For those parents with low or no It was with great surprise that I read income, tuition vouchers be made avail- the letter to the editor from Gary Wil- able from a portion of the state's general son in which he makes the statement fund. I'm sure to Mr. Wilson I sound like "makes him sound like a typical uni- an "uniformed right-wing conservative" formed right-wing conservative." talking, but when more than 21 percent Mr. Wilson seems to be under the of the state's budget is currently spent delusion that because someone is ultra- on public education, with another nearly conservative, they are ignorant and un- 16 percent going to subsidize higher edu- informed, when nothing could be further cation, and it still isn't enough, maybe from the truth, it's time to try something new. 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