11-4 Letters to editor
Protests opinions of Texan
I am writing about the response that Cliff Thompson from
Dallas, Texas had written about me.
I would like to know how I am a disgrace and uninformed
about the realities of my son's school in Mabton, especially since Mr. Thompson
doesn't live in Mabton or Washington state.
If I have a personal agenda, it is the welfare of my son's
education and that's the only agenda I have.
I have never, or will never, condone the mistreatment of
students, no matter the circumstances.
He also suggested that teachers, including myself, feed off
the poor community. For his information, I live in Mabton and am barely
scraping to get by.
Mr. Thompson also mentions that I approve the lack of
values, poor teaching skills and intellect in teachers. He has never been more
wrong, and, if he knew me, then he would know the type of person I am and the
values I have.
As for the poor teaching skills and intellect, I am always
researching and studying the latest materials that may help students and my son
in their education in school and in life.
He also questioned the intellect of Mabton teachers where we
have a teacher who was teacher of the year for Washington state, and teachers
who have their national certificates for teaching.
As for the situation of the Mabton School District and what
is going on, I would have to say this new school year my son is succeeding in
his new environment.
I haven't said anything that is untrue or biased about
Fabian Castilleja or about the Mabton School District.
The letter I had written in September was to get people
involved and to get the facts for themselves and not to believe what one person
I also took offense and asked Fabian Castilleja about
comments he made about a Mabton native and professional journalist, Julia Hart,
and questioned him about his conduct. I have never claimed to know what the
internal problems surrounding Fabian Castilleja had with the staff or
administration of the Mabton School District.
I have only had my son's best interest at heart and will do
anything for him as would any parent.
I would like to inform Mr. Thompson that I was nominated for
student teacher of the year from Central Washington University in 2005. I also
am a single parent of a disabled child that attends Artz-Fox Elementary in
Mabton. I have helped with the Children's Miracle Network and done interviews
to help raise money for disabled children. I have worked and talked with
parents of disabled children to help them find information that would help
I don't work for the Mabton School District. I work for the
Grandview School District as a substitute teacher. I have always put the needs
of students first, especially the needs of disabled students.
I am saddened to think that for someone who doesn't live
here and doesn't know who I am personally would say that I don't care about
kids and their education. It is people like Cliff Thompson that causes good
people to lose their jobs with false accusations.
/s/ Shannon Pierce, Mabton
I have been reading with some amusement the letters in the
forum lately. It is unbelievable to me that some of our former council members
would have the audacity to offend the readers of your paper with the double
standards that they so much believe in.
Examples; Former Councilman Donavan Vliegar presented a
letter of support for his friend and former political partner, Mike Farmer. In
this letter he insinuated that a Mr. Berk, who had submitted a contrary letter,
should not have a political opinion or have his opinion carry any significance
because he is related to someone who was soundly defeated in a city council
race. This was not only what some could consider a cheap shot at the Berk
family, but a double standard. Vliegar himself was soundly defeated in a state
representative race. Does this entitle him to an opinion; it's obvious that he
There was also a letter in the forum criticizing Mrs.
Aguilar. What the letter failed to state was the blatant public attacks on her
during council sessions at every opportunity by some present and former council
people for not conforming to their programs or way of thinking.
Double standard—I can have an idea; you can't.
Former Councilman Werkhoven submitted a letter of support
for Ricks and Farmer, two of his political allies. In this letter he stated
that he did not believe that Carol Stone had the ability to understand the
complexity of the city budget. However, if memory serves me, this former
council member spent hours asking the questions that would assist him in
understanding this document. I wonder why Mrs. Stone should not be given the
In this same letter the former councilman stated that he
wondered if Bruce Epps could, or would, be able to stand up to the bargaining
units in the city with the amount of support that he was receiving from them.
Perhaps this former councilman has forgotten that he, along with Vliegar,
Farmer and Aguirre, were afforded the support of one or more bargaining units
in the city.
I would think the double standard comes from I can do it,
but my political rival can not.
It is really a shame that these political has-beens could
not support their candidates without taking cheap shots. Living a life of
double standards is not what has made this country great, but allowing each to
have their own opinion is one of the cornerstones of this great nation.
/s/ James Stanton, Sunnyside