Get back to the table
In my career I have negotiated hundreds of contracts. To my dismay I read that the Wenatchee Wild and the Town Toyota Center board have, according to The World, reached an impasse in bargaining over a new contract for the arena. An impasse? Really?
I have a couple of words of advice for our dear mayor. Before you make threats in the process of negotiations, you had better already be prepared to follow through on those threats. Have you really considered the danger of your threat?
I follow junior hockey religiously and I can tell you that attracting another hockey team here will not be easy. Just look at the trouble the NAHL has had to create a western division in their league. They have had to venture across four states and one foreign country just to put together a four-team division.
So, Mr. Mayor, are you ready to introduce the loyal fans of the Boys of Winter to a new team? Are you ready to tell the sponsors whose names are on all those signs in the arena that maybe you weren’t nearly as prepared as you thought?
I also have some advice for The World. Do you think you are serving a purpose for taking a negative view of this issue in your reporting? Do you think those young men that work their tails off trying to get a Division 1 NCAA scholarship or NHL recruitment appreciate you talking about the uncertainty of possibly having to go somewhere else to play?
The Stewarts have brought a wonderful product to this town. The Wild have been incredibly successful. They draw more people to that arena than anyone and we should not be making senseless threats.
Get back to the bargaining table and put it together. You have too much to lose.
Education: Failed, corrupt
The World’s editorial dated March 31, clearly shows their favor of taxing the overtaxed people some more for the greedy “schools.” Too bad they think that people do not have anything better to do with their own money, or that their money comes as easy as theirs.
The McCleary case in the Washington Supreme Court found that “the word ‘ample’ in article IX, Section 1 provides a broad constitutional guideline meaning fully, sufficient, and considerably more than just adequate.” However, they did not find that Washington state has NOT funded education, at all, for more than a century. Nor has the court found the principle defect of the poor state of education in Washington, or anywhere else.
As for the funding, all of the taxpayers’ money this last century has been squandered, embezzled by “educrats.” All of the past “solutions” have failed, failed because the problem was to be resolved by those who caused the problem, or victims of the chronically corrupt system.
How many of your children know the requirements to be president of the United States? How many of your children, or you yourselves, have a clue as to what is an economic profit? How many of you or your children know beans from buckshot with the bag open?
Before anyone contends I owe the “schools” for my reading and writing, let us abort that lie. My mother was involuntarily tasked with that duty, doing what others were paid.
For a new perspective
As I look around this country, I find people taking hard positions left or right. Respect and working things out seem to be out of reach. Violence is an everyday occurrence both in our cities as well as on television. Could it be that we are losing our spiritual center? Could it be that the national debt is a reflection of our spiritual debt? Maybe, instead of joining another protest march, we get down on our knees and ask God what the next step should be. Albert Schweitzer used a statement, “reverence for life.” Instead of shooting people we could, as Frank Laubach suggests, “Shoot prayers at people,” to help them along their way. Maybe we need another Billy Graham. Maybe knee level can give us a new perspective.
Don’t get me wrong. We do have many wonderful people in this great country. For instance, in this city and area we have an excellent medical system, doctors, nurses and staff who are compassionate and caring. Many organizations go out of their way to help people. Our places of worship are doing the best they can to lead us to a spiritual center.
A new challenge
In our 16 years of living in Wenatchee we have been impressed with the community’s forward-looking perspective. We have seen Wenatchee embrace new non-traditional businesses, new styles of recreation and new groups of people. Each of these changes brings nostalgia for what is lost but also excitement, and usually some fear, for what is new. News that wolves have been seen in our foothills provides our community with another opportunity to face change not by clinging to old ideas and prejudices but instead by seeing change as an opportunity we are able to manage.
Wenatchee is blessed with nearby wild lands and accessible wildlife. Nature can be wonderful or tax resources and patience. In our own lives, deer ruin our trees and threaten injury to our car and ourselves. Woodpeckers pound on our home. Rattlesnakes make us watch the ground as we hike rather than the views. Would we want to remove all these creatures from our environment? Each of them provide, if not equal joys, a benefit to the natural world around us. Along with the challenges wolves bring to our community let’s consider their natural place here.
We respect the concerns of those who will have to deal with the costly or destructive side of having wolves in our area. However, we believe common sense local solutions can be found by having all sides work and collaborate. We believe wolves can bring some economic as well as personal benefits to our area. Visitors and many who live here look forward to the possibility to glimpse a wolf as we mountain bike, spot a track as we hunt or even hear a howl as we watch a sunset.
Drew and Cathy Gaylord
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