Count all votes
The original idea for this came out of a Yakima
Herald-Republic article, but after Ms. Honeyford added her two cents worth to
the fray, I decided to give it to you.
I spent 20 years of my life defending the rights and ideas
of the citizens of this great country of ours and I do not like the way it is
currently going. We are an example to darn near every country on Earth about
the freedoms that we have in this country, about having free elections to vote
in or out whoever we want to represent us and then we turn right around and
make the voting process questionable.
There were rumors during this last Presidential election
that only the voters of the party to which the President belonged would be
allowed to vote, or that only the votes from those who were of that party would
be counted. USSR, China, most of your religious dominated and run countries all
practice the same policy. Is this what we want for this country?
If it is, there is going to be a lot of things changed and a
lot of government run programs which will go by the wayside, as well as freedom
of the press, personal freedom/privacy, the environment and freedom of
It's great to sit on the fence and tell the world that Ms.
Gregoire should get on with life and toss in the ring. Ms. Gregoire is not a
dove, but a hawk and it appears that big business doesn't like female hawks. If
this were to happen to Ms. Honeyford, would she be so critical about tossing in
the ring? I think not.
Forty-two votes out of 2.8 million cast for Washington state
governor are all that separate the two candidates. If this was a horse race, it
would be a photo finish and both would be declared the winner. It doesn't work
that way in politics, but nothing ever does.
If we are going to give the citizens of this great land the
right to vote, then we had better count "all" the votes and not have
someone from one particular party or another publically state, "Well, we
didn't count all the votes, there were some that we didn't think were
legal." To do otherwise just moves us one step closer to anarchy.
Remember, Rome did not fall from aggression. Neither did
Russia. The last arms race destroyed the Russian economy and it didn't help
ours too good either. Their money became worthless, will ours also become
worthless after the Iraq war is over? Or will it be over before the
administration would like? Once a country can't pay its citizens or military,
nothing will keep it afloat. Canadian money is almost equal to U.S. currency.
If anything happens to the USA, the world will become total
chaos and you can forget all of your little perks. Those in power will be the
first to go and God help them. Those with money will find themselves just as
bad off as the others and the money will be worthless. Voting, the right to
write these little letters and even have them printed, human rights, welfare,
social security, police and all other government programs will disappear.
/s/ James B. Krueger, USAF, MSgt. Ret., Sunnyside
Who has the
I am concerned about our school district's administration
and school board. What these people are saying is that the Hispanic population
in Sunnyside is an ignorant, low IQ culture.
Is it that the school district wants to lower the WASL test
for the Hispanics because of the low intelligence of the Hispanic culture or
because of the low intelligence of our school administration?
The community is made up of 80 percent Hispanics, at least.
I have yet to meet one that I think is dumb. They are a great culture of
people. The only problem I see is that they are coming from a different
environment into another they are not acclimated to.
I believe that of all the school administrators who are
making $80,.000 or more a year, surely someone should realize it is their job
to solve this problem. Solving a problem and eliminating a problem are two
different avenues of reaching your goals. But with different results.
This WASL test is of utmost importance in our education
standards today. Here we have an administration full of people with Master's
degrees and Doctorates. Is it not fair that students are not pushed to the max
so they also have a chance to attain the goals of our administrators?
The Hispanics are very smart people, like any other race.
They need the chance. We have teachers who are more than capable of getting
these kids to pass the WASL tests.
But I am starting to see that we have an administration that
would rather take the easy way out. And a school board that is not leading, but
following. Is it time to eliminate half the administration and put in three
more teachers for each eliminated administrator?
Without this stringent course of action towards education,
the Hispanics will be out in those fields doing manual labor the rest of their
lives. I do not think this is really what the Hispanic culture wants for their
Keep this WASL test going in our school district. If the
students need help, then tutoring is the answer. We have churches in town that
can help, we have the Migrant Council that can help.
In closing, all I can say is if the Hispanic culture wants
to keep their youth in the fields and not becoming teachers, administrators,
doctors, lawyers and CEO's of major corporations, then forget the WASL test.
But they are your kids. I am ashamed of our school district and school board
for buckling under and taking a negative attitude towards the WASL tests. You
should hang your heads low.
/s/ Don Padelford, Sunnyside