The State Board of Education (SBE) and your legislators are
about to "marry" the state's children to an abusive partner, the
WASL—a high stakes but unreliable, invalid test that will unfairly determine
which kids move up and which will be pushed aside.
All who testified at the SBE's May 12 meeting objected to
the impending nuptials, including parents, minority educators and parents
representing Hispanics, Asians and Native Americans, the teachers union,
special educators, parents of special education students and the non-union
Northwest Professional Educators that focuses on students and professionalism.
Instead of calling off the wedding before anyone gets hurt,
officials plan to tell your children to go back to their abusive partner, not
once, not twice, but four times! Not only that, WASLs are being piloted in
additional grades, promising further reductions in students' instructional
A messy divorce is inevitable, but only after the state
wastes millions of dollars and lives too precious to count.
Parents and taxpayers must demand that officials can the
WASL for cost effective, reliable performance measures that help children, not
hurt them. They can call legislators at 800-562-6000, the SBE at 360-725-6025
or go on-line to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Prevent this ceremony or soon you'll be searching for your
nearest shelter for the educationally abused.
/s/ Cindy Omlin, Executive Director, Northwest Professional
The Red Cross blood drawing held May 4 was sponsored by the
Washington Food Services Association - chapter 56. Rose Nesmith was the
We had 64 presenters and two first-time donors. Fourteen
were unable to give, leaving 50 units collected. Because of their efforts, 150
people will have another chance at life.
Many thanks to the sponsors for donating the delicious
cookies and juice, and the Yakima Valley Dairy Women for the ice cream bars.
Thanks, too, to the United Methodist Church for the use of its hall, Max of
Washington Corrugators for displaying the banner at Centennial Square and Bob
Story for publicity in the Daily Sun News.
And then there are the volunteers whose services are always
appreciated: Alice Benedetti, Myrtis Lang, Ella Mae Lochner, Phyllis Morris,
Maxine Means, Evelyn Murray, Renee Murray, Tana Brotherton and Accordia Horn.
A special thanks to all the donors, who are the lifeline for
the flow of blood in the Valley.
Hope to see everyone at the next blood drawing on Tuesday,
July 6, at the United Methodist Church in Sunnyside, from 1 to 6 p.m.
/s/ Marie Handy, Sunnyside American Red Cross blood drawing
For 18 years I've skimmed the local sports section with an
eye out for the girls track results. Being a highly competitive person I like
to see how race times during my "glory days" match up with our
At the beginning of each season I'm curious about which
young lady might race by my old times. I'd always hoped that when my 300
hurdles record was shattered, and it was demolished, that the new record holder
would be someone that I know. Last weekend, Hilary Van de Graaf not only won
the District title in the 300 low hurdles, a grueling race, but she established
a new school record—and left me in the dust!
Way to go Hilary! I'm proud to have such a well deserving
young lady take my place in the record books.
/s/ Erika Barrom, Sunnyside
Since I don't do very well speaking to a public group, I am
giving my thoughts about the latest development by "some" of the City
Council on the subject of irrigation water through SVID (May 10 Daily Sun News
Obviously, some of the Council haven't read all the letters
the DSN has received on the subject. They may recall, I have written a few of
these letters concerning SVID and its practices, including the takeover of
Snipes Mountain Irrigation District. I really think the Council needs to do
more research into what they are proposing to do with SVID.
First of all, I do agree that the $250 charge for hook-up is
not a bad price. But, even so, you have to have more than one hook-up in an
area to get on their priority list. So, while you may have the
funds to hook up, your neighbor may not, and
you will not get priority over an area with more than one hook-up.
Second, I priced all of the equipment necessary to complete
getting the water from the outlet provided by SVID to your existing irrigation
system, whether it be automatic sprinklers or hoses. Here are a few of the
costs: $254 for a one-horsepower pump, $62 for a filter, $11 for a screen, $13
for pipe (may vary for each lot), $50 for fittings (may vary for each lot),
$100 for a meter (available only from SVID) and $38 in taxes. The total: $527.
This is provided I do all the work myself.
What about the cost for those who can't do it themselves?
Plus, you must buy a backflow prevention unit so that city water and SVID water
do not mix—that's at least another $100.
I agree you would save money in the long run, maybe, or
until SVID raises its rates again.
Please get more information before jumping into this.
Another point, Councilman de la Cruz brought up the raise in
the assessment from Snipes to SVID. SVID has the practice of charging for a
minimum of one acre, no matter how small your parcel is, it is charged at the
one-acre rate. Yet, if you have 1.1 acres you are charged 1.1 times the 1-acre
rate. Most of the parcels on Harrison Hill are less than one acre. This
unreasonable minimum charge is what prompted me in the first place to try to
change SVID's practice. But, as with any bureaucracy, my attempt was futile,
though I believe the hook-up rate is, in part, attributable to my and my fellow
property owners' attendance and comments at SVID meetings. Thank you again to
all those who accompanied me to those meetings.
Finally, "We all have to pay for some things we don't
get," a quote from Mr. Jim Trull in reference to SVID charging a minimum
1-acre charge for all parcels: this quote was in an article written by Joanna
Luft when she was a reporter for the Daily Sun News. Many thanks to Joanna and
the Daily Sun for their coverage of those meetings and this subject.
One last thought, I hope this letter again angers the
citizens of Sunnyside. Having to pay for more than what you receive, as stated
by Mr. Trull, really doesn't cut it. You should only have to pay for what you
are entitled to receive, and, if that is less than one acre, so be it. Charges
should be based on parcel size only.
/s/ a disgruntled citizen, David Hansen, Sunnyside