What she stood for
I have tried to remain above the fray regarding some of the inaccurate letters to The Safety Valve regarding our President Barack Obama. However, the recent letter by Ward Hartwell of Twisp went way too far. I have kept myself pretty up to date regarding politics since I was in high school during the 1950s, informing myself, working on a campaign and voting every year since eligible.
The school I went to provided us with a very advanced education and knowledge about the nation and the world. It was, and is, considered one of the best in our nation. The president’s mother was a fellow graduate in the Class of 1960 (about 150 members). Because it was small, we got to know her quite well. She was very interested in helping those in need, even in other countries. A little unusual in those days for a Caucasian woman to follow through with those desires.
First of all, it has been proven that President Obama was born in Hawaii. His father was Muslim and from Africa. However, they divorced and he was raised by his mother and his Caucasion, American grandparents from the Midwest. He is a Christian by faith. None of the “facts” you presented in your letter in The Safety Valve of July 21 are the truth. I simply could not go on any longer without correcting you. I know what Stanley Anne Dunham stood for and what she believed in, firsthand. It is also well established and truthful. Your whole letter sickened me.
I would like to know who the idiot or idiots are who designed and approved that horrible, flustrating, disgusting “roundabout” on Highway 97A. Every time I want to go to Chelan and I drive over that mess I get angry all over again. I am sure I am not alone in my belief on this one! From the looks of the skid marks, many truckers, campers, oat haulers and visitors are thinking the same thing as I. What is that, and why is it here?
What happened to using good sense and putting in an old-fashioned red light and or even a four-way stop? That seems to work well in East Wenatchee. How much cheaper that would have been, I am sure, and definitely easier on truckers and those who use the roads a lot.
The engineers who designed and those that approved such a mess should have their heads examined.
It is the most useless thing that I have seen on highway use in a long time. Waste of time, and worse, waste of taxpayers’ dollars.
So, whoever gets the Idiot Award, please stand up!
Phyllis J. Sadler
The following letter, that first appeared in Thursday’s edition, is republished to correct a typesetting error.
Reform needed now
Washington tree fruit growers employ approximately 40,000-plus individuals on-farm and help to generate thousands of allied industry jobs and countless jobs that provide services to them. According to the Employment Security Department, in 2012 Washington tree fruit “growers” alone paid over $790 million in wages, not including benefits.
The breakdown of wages in the major tree fruit counties show: Chelan County, $120 million; Douglas County, $48.8 million; Okanogan County, $62,9 million; and Yakima County $270 million. The rural economic base is highly dependent on growers and their employees. Unfortunately, labor intensive agriculture is in jeopardy due to regulatory failures. Fixing our broken immigration and agricultural worker visa program is critical to the success of the tree fruit industry and our rural economy. Due to the failure of the current U.S. immigration and agricultural visa programs, approximately 50 percent of those working in agriculture are not authorized to do so. Growers and allied industry have been doing everything they can to become labor efficient. But according to ESD, Washington tree fruit growers employed 69,602 seasonal workers during the month of July, meaning, if estimates are correct, there was a shortage of 34,801 authorized workers.
There are not enough authorized workers available to fill that shortage. Immigration and agricultural visa reforms must include an earned adjustment to legal status for those unauthorized workers who demonstrate a good agricultural work history, pass a Homeland Security background check, and pay a fine for the crime of entering the United States illegally. The agricultural visa program must be streamlined to prevent future illegal immigration, and provide timely access to future authorized foreign employees, when authorized domestic workers are not available. Without reform the United States is destined to rely more heavily on a foreign food supply. Urge Congress to support immigration and agricultural visa reforms.
Kirk B. Mayer
Washington Growers Clearing House Asssociation
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