More public in schools
The percentage of voters who voted for the Wenatchee School District maintenance and operations levy in April was 39.26 percent. Why such a low turnout? One of the reasons you should have voted was that the cost of running the ballot for that single issue was $52,346. That is a lot of money to throw at an issue that less than 40 percent of the voters in the school district care about.
So why isn’t there more community involvement? If you go to a school board meeting (which very few people from the community ever attend), you will be given three minutes to voice your concern. This is unlike other community forums, such as at Chelan and Douglas PUD commission meetings, which are perhaps organizations more concerned with community involvement and public input.
It is time to put the “public” back into Wenatchee School District. This is our school that represents our community, and I believe it is time to make a change in the school board. Consider this: 1) No current school board members have children in the system; 2) three members have either worked for the school district or have spouses who are currently employed by the school district, and thus have a vested financial interest in decisions made at school board meetings; and, 3) all of the board members are either retired or work for a government agency, which is hardly fair representation for how to spend our tax dollars.
Changes are needed at the top, and that has to start with electing school board members who will put the needs of the community first. I encourage you to make a vote for our kids in November by voting for Robert Sealby and Ryan Kelso. And please fill out your ballot. It is important to have representation from all of us!
Attacking a breed
Regarding the California mauling death of a 62-year-old jogger by a pack of dogs:
This poor lady was killed by a pack of dogs that include pit bulls. The owner is a drug dealer with a history of allowing his dogs to harass and attack. He has been charged with second-degree murder. You reported: “ ‘There’s no way I can get the brutality of this out of my head,’ Devitt’s husband, Ben Devitt, told The Times. ‘The fact that there’s animals out there roaming around with that kind of killer instinct, it’s just kind of something I can’t shake.’ ”
On balance, couldn’t you also have reported, “I do not blame the dogs. I don’t blame pitbulls,” Ben Devitt said. “I blame people who don’t take responsibility for their animals”?
I wish more emphasis would be placed on addressing irresponsible owners rather than just attacking a breed.
Right to know
Regarding Tracy Warner’s comments on GMO foods: Are we to understand that the Japanese, Koreans and scores of other nations who refuse GMO imports based on their research are acting “irrationally” somehow?
How “rational” was it for our government to allow Monsanto to test GMO wheat in open fields in the first place?
Claiming that GMO crops are fundamentally no different than selectively bred crops omits one key point — that selective breeding of corn involves only strains of corn. That selective breeding of wheat only involves various strains of wheat. One does not, cannot naturally cross a pig with a deer in the hopes of getting bacon flavored venison.
We could take your editorial train of thought and easily make it go something like this:
Meat is good. Cows are made of meat. Rats are made of meat. Rats have better disease resistance than cattle. So splicing rat genes into beef in the a laboratory would yield a desirable end product that is “fundamentally similar to” existing products already on the market.
Being “fundamentally similar” no testing or labeling, nor consumer right to know would be deemed necessary, and would only impede notions of progress somehow.
Not so long ago a slaughte house in Ireland got caught putting horse meat into their grinders, passing it off to EU Burger Kings as beef. People weren’t getting what they thought they were paying for. Though not unhealthy per se, nobody rationally argued against consumers’ right to know.
I would urge people to find and download the PDF “Failure to Yield” for another look at the true potential of transgenic crops. Look into the organic research going on in Russia also.
One cannot help but see the sheer incredulity of a newspaper arguing against peoples’ right to know.
Charles M. Heinlen
Just a suggestion — I enjoy the segment, “On the Menu,” which shows which sports are on TV. However, since there is no newspaper on Monday, why not put Monday’s “On the Menu” in the Sunday edition? It’s frustrating not having something to look to on Monday. Would make lots of guys happy.
Send letters to The Safety Valve, Box 1511, Wenatchee, WA 98807.
Fax letters to 665-1183, e-mail to Newsroom@wenatcheeworld.com.