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Editor, This is an open letter to Congressman Rick Larsen, a Second Congressional District Democrat. In a blog post from Thursday, you wrote that, “The shooting in Orlando broke my heart…. The feeling was depressingly familiar. I felt it in 2008 after the shooting spree in Skagit County. I felt it in 2012 after the shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.
Community Events, June 2016
Editor, I would like to respond to Jim Thompson’s letter of June 11, decrying the unfairness of a $15 minimum wage to our military. Quite frankly, at first I was shocked to think that our service members put their lives on the line for only $18,000 a year compared to a fry cook making $31,000 a year at $15 per hour. So I decided to do a little math myself. Unlike the fry cook, a single E1 private in Oak Harbor receives a basic allowance for housing that starts at $891 per month, or $10,000 year.
Editor, We’re wondering how the South Whidbey School District can justify giving the superintendent another large salary increase while at the same time letting teachers go. We understand her job is important, but teachers have such an impact on young people. We’re especially sad to learn that Mr. Delmedico, the band teacher at Langley Middle School is one of those teachers being let go.
Editor, National candidates are in the news around the clock in an election year, but local officials affect our day-to-day lives and deserve voters’ thoughtful attention as well. During the years of her service as an Island County commissioner, I have been impressed with the dedicated leadership and far-reaching accomplishments of Helen Price Johnson.
Editor, “Mommy, why is the flag at half staff?” my daughters asks as I drive her to school. I take a deep breath. I knew this day would come; after all, it was nearly four years ago when she asked me where babies came from, to which I responded, “I’m not sure what to say to you about it. Do you mind if I find out how to tell you, then we can talk about it?” She happily accepted and I went to a seminar on how to speak to your kids about sex and love. Can I get a seminar on how to speak to your kids about massacres and hate?