|Letters to the Editor - Oct. 10, 2011|
|Written by Readers|
As a taxpayer, former math and science teacher and parent of a WHS student, I feel compelled to respond to K. Brady’s letter regarding recent PE fitness walks to downtown Woodinville. I think we can all agree that the state of our public school education is in a decline and I believe that these fitness walks are a way to show students a different and free way to excercise, as well as to keep them eager and interested in class. Brady’s letter asked the question: “I wonder if the teachers pay is reflective of this non-teaching time?” I have no doubt that the highschool students were monitored and take offense that the teachers should somehow be penalized in pay for coming up with such an activity. It seems like this very question and lack of support of teachers is one of the main problems within the state of education.
K. Brady seems bothered by the students mediocre food choices but isn’t that a larger problem within our society — marketing and selling low cost junk food to all of us?
Lastly, K. Brady is concerned for students who didn’t bring their permission slips back to school and now have to sit in the library during PE. It seems to me that the public would have an outcry if teachers took students off campus without permission slips. The school needs permission slips in the event of an emergency and at the very least, highschool students should be expected to remember to turn them in. Sitting in the library for 1.5 hours seems a good reminder to the student to follow through on class expections and to catch up on homework.
Aimie Hunter, Woodinville
WHAT’S AT STAKE?
I consider the premium I pay for homeowners insurance to be similar to the taxes I pay for fire and emergency medical services. I pay for it hoping that I never need to use it, but I make sure I’m insured by a responsive, well-run company. Imagine having a tree fall through your roof, and now wind and rain are wreaking havoc inside your home. Upon calling your insurance company to come out and approve payment on the claim, they tell you that they’ve eliminated the adjustors that serve your area because the board of directors hired a personal assistant for the CEO instead. You’ll just have to wait and hope they can get someone out there from another area before your home is unsavable. I know, this sounds ridiculous, but consider the following.
Woodinville Fire & Rescue is run by a board of commissioners elected by us. As you probably know, we will be voting for one of the commissioner seats in this election. Let’s take a look at an alarming reality. According to public record, Clint Olson, the incumbent commissioner voted yes to hire a personal assistant for the fire chief and to add additional front office staffing while eliminating vital services such as, public education and business safety inspections. Yes to deficit spending that bleeds the reserve account to zero in 4 years. Yes to closing fire administration on Friday’s without any cost savings and one less day for public access to our fire department. And most egregiously, when station 34 closed, creating “significant degradation of EMS service delivery” to the Hollywood Hill area, according to the chief himself, Mr. Olson sits idly by doing nothing to correct this situation. Trust me, good solutions have been offered by the labor group. The ridiculous scenario above is the current reality for citizens in and around Hollywood Hill. When you dial 911 for emergency response to your home, you will just have to wait until WF&R can get there from the north end of downtown Woodinville — that is if they’re not already out on another call in their own area. Mr. Olson’s record speaks for itself and the results are disastrous for the citizens of Woodinville.
What can we do about it? I urge all voters to vote for Mark Emery, retired battalion chief WF&R. He brings the knowledge and understanding of effective emergency service management. He’s been there, done that and seen how good decision making brought WF&R to become a nationally accredited organization and a regional leader in training, emergency response and community service. He’s responded to emergencies in our community for decades and now wants to serve to restore our fire department to being the top notch organization it once was. What’s at stake? Just our safety and well being.
Roger Kacmarcik, Woodinville