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Schools should teach, not baby sit

Last Friday's personal column by Lynda Jo Gross, promoting a bill being considered in Olympia that is designed to protect children from deadly allergic reactions while in school, was most interesting.

We all have allergies. But are allergies as important as learning?

Gross kept stating that the schools must watch out for allergies and know what to look for and the treatment of them. Now, do we want baby sitters or teachers? Common sense says when allergies occur, get a doctor. Let's use the schools to teach. Our kids are not learning overall in our district.

I realize you liberals would like the schools to wave a magic wand and have a cure-all for everything. It does not happen in our bureaucratic society.

And another thing that is funny to me is all the publicity that Sunnyside City Councilwoman Theresa Hancock is getting for suggesting this legislation to local lawmakers. Anybody that does things like this and does it for others does not need notoriety if they are doing it for others. This proves to me she needs to build up her own viewpoint of herself to back up her so called authority within herself.

I raised a couple fetal alcohol kids that we adopted through the state of Washington. Now, if you want to see troubled kids, these fetal alcohol kids have problems. A lot of them grow out of it when they go through puberty. But others get worse. And there are thousands of these kids.

People like Theresa Hancock are one of the reasons these kids have these problems. With one hand she pats herself on the back for this allergies bill. And then she sells alcohol, which breaks up more families, causes more childhood deaths through alcohol-induced accidents and pregnant women drinking alcohol.

Very hypocritical for the Daily Sun News to write about this. But most of you people within the media are, aren't you!

/s/ Donald Padelford, Sunnyside

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