Calzaretta 2 weeks, 1 day ago on Walla Walla charter school plan gathers suggestions

What a wonderful turnout from the community. It is clear that even with all of the quality programs in Walla Walla Public Schools, students and parents need an additional option. The suggestions and ideas were very much in line with the school's core values: Equity, Excellence, Passion, and Community.

I would like to thank Commitment to Community for facilitating the meeting, and Big Cheese Pizza for providing the food.

We will be holding more meetings in the next couple of months. Please keep an eye on our website (www.willowschoolwallawalla.org), Facebook (Willow School of Walla Walla), and our Twitter feed (@WillowSchoolWA).

We look forward to hearing more from the community.

Dan Calzaretta

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Calzaretta 2 months, 2 weeks ago on Lynch-led Seahawks take care of Giants

The print story headline used the term "Lynch-mob". How horribly insensitive to the history of African-Americans in this country. The headline was neither clever nor funny.

The U-B owes an apology.

Dan Calzaretta

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Calzaretta 4 months, 3 weeks ago on Witnesses say driver hits, then shoots cyclist in Spokane area

How about taking responsibility by NOT shooting at an unarmed cyclist who is biking AWAY from you in the first place.

Wow.

Dan Calzaretta

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Calzaretta 4 months, 3 weeks ago on West’s appeals court to hear same-sex marriage bans

Excellent post. Thanks for sharing.

And after same sex marriage is legal in all 50 states (which will hopefully be soon), life will go on. It won't be the end of civilization. Families will be stronger. Our country will be stronger by coming even closer to our founding beliefs.

It is time for the Supreme Court to take a case and right a Constitutional wrong.

Dan Calzaretta

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Calzaretta 6 months, 1 week ago on Washington loses latest bid for No Child waiver

The state has quite a strong evaluation system (it is relatively new, so the jury is still out on its ultimate effectiveness). I see the core issue being more about local control. Do we really want our schools managed from 4000 milea away?

Dan Calzaretta

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Calzaretta 6 months, 2 weeks ago on Letter - Those on bikes must stop at stop signs

Thanks for the comment! Yesterday while riding I saw at least three drivers talking on their phones; one almost hit me when he was making a turn (I was not required to stop at the intersection but was forced to brake and turn sharply to avoid being hit). The driver, of course, didn't stop. I also saw a bike rider looking at her phone as she rode down my street yesterday.

I know this is a lot to be asking, but can't we all just use a little common sense here?

Enjoy your riding!

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Calzaretta 6 months, 2 weeks ago on Letter - Those on bikes must stop at stop signs

True, bike riders shouldn't do this. But let's look at the real issue: drivers who roll through intersections, texting while driving, talking on the phone, and those who immediately become aggressive behind the wheel. And there is a certain percentage of drivers who just hate cyclists. These people will find any reason to put down cycling and bicyclists. Some have even justified right here on the UB website "clipping" cyclists with their cars (of course they do this without posting their real names).

On any given day in Walla Walla I'd be willing to guess there are hundreds of cars on the road and maybe a few dozen bikes.

Be honest, the greater problem is with poor and dangerous driving.

Dan Calzaretta

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Calzaretta 7 months, 2 weeks ago on Health Center names five new board members

Thank you to the new board members for joining, and for the departing board members for your amazing dedication to this vital service.

Dan Calzaretta

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