PearlY 3 weeks, 1 day ago on Letter - Logic has been twisted on Second Amendment

Chicoli, I did know someone once who owned a gun and should not have had it, because he fell into a severe and self-destructive depression. I caught him in the right frame of mind, urged him give it to me for safe-keeping, and he did. Problem solved.

Of course, that simple solution is now illegal under I-594. I'd have to ask him to run a background check on me, wait for who knows how long, pay who knows how much, and hope a severely depressed individual follows through on all that and still feels inclined to turn it over after the bureaucracy is satisfied.

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PearlY 3 weeks, 1 day ago on Letter - Logic has been twisted on Second Amendment

He also has creative variants to standard English usage, spelling and grammar. Don't sell him short! (And yes, well may you ask, "What does she really MEAN by that?")

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PearlY 3 weeks, 2 days ago on Editorial - Teacher strikes won’t win over Legislature

If most teachers are married, then why should we not consider that their households will likely have second incomes when we talk about them "living paycheck to paycheck"? If teachers are so modestly compensated, then it seemed only fair to talk about "a pair of teachers" rather than a teacher and a cop, or a teacher and an engineer, or a teacher and a lawyer.

The average pay for certificated instructional staff in basic education programs (i.e., teachers) in Walla Walla schools is $60,723, plus another $21,405 in insurance and other mandatory benefits, for total compensation of $82,128. That's according to the WA Superintendent of Public Instruction's report for the 2014-15 school year, p. 175. You can find that at http://www.k12.wa.us/safs/PUB/PER/1415/All.pdf

Since I'm only a 6-credit internship short of a Master's from the most 'rigorous' School of Education in the State, a program in which I maintained a 3.85 GPA while also practicing a demanding profession full-time, I can assure you that anyone who can read efficiently, write fluently and sound half-way intelligent in classroom discussions can easily coast through an education program. Having also studied three years of Russian, I know it is impossible to acquire verbal and written fluency in that language, much less do so at the magna cum laude level, without concerted effort.

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PearlY 3 weeks, 4 days ago on Editorial - Teacher strikes won’t win over Legislature

Oh, and most teachers ARE married, although not necessarily to other teachers. Could be doctors, lawyers, construction workers, cops, or any number of other paying professions or trades. I don't know when the theory became popular that a single person should be able to live just as well AND support a family on one salary as two people on two salaries, but it defies logic in today's world.

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PearlY 3 weeks, 4 days ago on Editorial - Teacher strikes won’t win over Legislature

The Seattle School District salary schedule is available online. It shows a teacher starting his or her 11th year is earning between $57,000 and $70,000 depending on how many post-BA credit hours s/he's sat through. The average annual salary for a teacher in Washington is about $65,000.

And none of this counts benefits, which add another 25-35% on top of that, and none of this counts the fact that most teachers' contracted work year is 180 days, compared to 225-235 days for the average employee - an extra 10 weeks of work typically.

"High stakes testing" is another phrase for accountability. It's high stakes because it matters. Taxpayers are paying hefty amounts to educate the community's children (I pay more to do that than I do for food, utilities and clothing combined), and I resent being told that I should just take their word for it that teachers are doing a good job, when I can see for myself that the average high school graduate today is abysmally ignorant and huge numbers must take remedial classes in college, which I'm also expected to pay for.

I don't know you, and you may be a great teacher. If you graduated magna cum laude with a degree in chemistry or math or geology or Russian, I'm impressed. If you graduated magna cum laude with a degree in education, or gender justice or political science (which happens to be my BA degree), not so much because it is frankly too easy to coast in such programs.

You ask what I expect. At a minimum, I expect teachers to show up for work on the days they have contracted to work, and not to engage in illegal strike activities. That doesn't seem unreasonable, given that I could have taken a great month-long vacation to Italy last year on the amount I paid teachers to do just that. What do you expect me to do when they persist in breaking the law and blowing off their responsibilities: Just sit quietly and take it year after year?

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PearlY 3 weeks, 4 days ago on Letter - Logic has been twisted on Second Amendment

So the way you learned it in school it was the Revolutionary Electoral Campaign, not the Revolutionary War? King George III was voted out? Interesting take on history.

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PearlY 3 weeks, 5 days ago on Letter - Logic has been twisted on Second Amendment

ISIS can acquire guns the same way Obama is trying to acquire future Democratic voters - run them across our Southern border.

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