Talbot already a leader
I support Jennifer Talbot for Wenatchee School Board Position 5. One of my first conversations with Jennifer was at the YMCA a few years ago about the challenging role of a parent navigating the Wenatchee school system. I soon realized that Jennifer was extremely knowledgeable and a highly motivated person.
Jennifer is a leader in education reform in Wenatchee. Her ideas on education are researched based and aim to benefit all students. Jennifer has already taken a leadership role making positive changes in the Wenatchee School District. Her participation includes a term as a PTA president, actively supporting community engagement in education, attending and participating in school board meetings. Jennifer is currently pursuing a master’s degree in organizational leadership at Gonzaga University. I know that Jennifer will be an effective leader and much needed addition to the Wenatchee School Board. Vote Jennifer Talbot for Wenatchee School Board Position 5.
Callison meets the need
Gary Callison is running for re-election to the Wenatchee School Board. He was excellent as our daughter’s middle school principal. He has also served as the school district’s project leader when several buildings were going through remodels and he has a great understanding of students, parents, teachers, budgets and facilities. Now that he is retired, he is volunteering his time to serve the district as a board member and has been doing an outstanding job. He is a good listener, communicator, and decision maker and he comes to the board without any particular agenda. He really has a desire to serve all students and families. Gary will continue to work hard to meet the diverse needs of the district. Please vote for Gary Callison for Wenatchee School Board.
For Sealby and Kelso
We are supporting Robert Sealby and Ryan Kelso for the Wenatchee School Board because they have leadership and vision of where we need to go as a school district.
Both have a solid understanding of the district and the children the district serves and will provide commonsense solutions to the very significant challenges facing the district, challenges like school overcrowding and handling state and federal regulations. An added bonus is they actually have children in the school district so they see these problems first hand. From academics to athletics they have a well-rounded perspective that will serve our children and community well.
Ken and Cheryl Dart
No on GMO labels
According to Dr. Bruce Chassy, professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, “Genetically modified foods pose no special risks to consumers or the environment” and as well are overregulated. The overregulation of GM foods is a response not to scientific evidence, but to a global campaign that disseminates misinformation and fear about these food sources. The National Academy of Sciences, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, World Health Organization and the American Medical Association all say there is no proven health risk from foods or animals whose DNA has been modified.
Washington’s farmers have witnessed the advantages of GM crops first hand through increases in their yields and profit, and decreases in their labor, energy consumption, pesticide use and greenhouse gas emissions.
Should consumers know what’s in their food? Absolutely. But a state-by-state labeling system is crazy. There should be national labeling standards, especially when so much of what we eat involves interstate commerce. And labels should be based on science, not fear. There’s nothing stopping local producers who support I-522 from posting their own “No GMO” labels.
Although requiring labels on food that contains genetically modified organisms is good in principle, this initiative is flawed. It sets up a system ripe for more government waste, it includes special-interest exemptions, and it is based on the unproven premise that what is now called “genetic modification” is any less safe than the cross-breeding and hybridization of crops that have been practiced for centuries. To cite one example, as much as 95 percent of the corn and soybeans grown in this country come from plants with tweaked genes. Vote no on I 522.
Mario V. Reyes
I was one of over 100 others from numerous churches in the valley for the National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children at the Memorial Garden in East Wenatchee, established to remember the over 55 million children (in America alone) whose lives have been ended before they had a chance to be born. This sobering tribute, organized by Wenatchee Right to Life, was sweetened as the children attending placed long-stemmed yellow and white roses at the foot of the monument to those who might have been their friends and classmates, had their existence not been deemed inconvenient or painful to another.
I couldn’t help reflecting on other assaults to civil and human rights that have been addressed, protested and ultimately ended by religious groups — people of all faiths — standing shoulder to shoulder in the face of evil. As in the cases of slavery and segregation, just because something is legal does not make it right. Abortion is an attack on our most fundamental right, the right to life. Faithful Americans will not rest until this human rights travesty is addressed.
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