Here are letters to the editor for Feb. 21, 2019…
He’ll take Liberty over Looney
Do we want a Liberty State or Looney State?
We pay for deer tags and the money buys nice helicopters that do welfare checks on the wolves that eat our deer. Does that make sense to you?
We protect our young girls until the public schools let boys in the shower with them. Liberty or Looney?
We wonder how to solve the Opiate crisis, while we legalize marijuana, a known gateway to hard drugs, and a cause of paranoia and schizophrenia. That makes sense?
We allow the destruction of the next generation before birth. We are obviously created beings but aren’t supposed to mention a Creator. On it goes.
I have had plenty of the Looney Tunes state. Of course splitting the state will be a struggle, but it is the only answer to these and many more issues that need local control.
A good rule for schools
I worked as a substitute teacher at Jenkins Junior Senior High School in Chewelah on February 11. This notice was posted on the wall for those who teach to see:
Qualifications of Certificated Teacher
Must teach morality and patriotism. It shall be the duty of all teachers to endeavor to impress on the minds of their pupils the principles of morality, truth, justice, temperance, humanity and patriotism; to teach them to avoid idleness, profanity and falsehood; to instruct them in the principles of free government, and to train them up to the true comprehension of the rights, duty and dignity of American citizenship.
This was a rule for long ago; however, it is also a good rule for schools today. It reminds me of a verse from the Bible. Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.
Dr. Arthur Houk
Supports Native American voting right bill
Voting rights are a key to our democracy. In rural, or nontraditional rural residential address locations, this had led to voter suppression under some voting laws. Thankfully, the Washington legislature is addressing this issue.
SBB 5079 just passed the Senate and will now be addressed in the House for approval. If passed, it is expected to be signed by the Governor.
Language from SBB5079: “A nontraditional address consists of a narrative description of the location of the voter’s residence, and may be used when a traditional address has not been assigned or affixed to the voter’s residence or when a voter resides on an Indian reservation or Indian lands, pursuant to the conditions in RCW 29A.08.112.”
Senator Shelly Short from the 7th Legislative District voted NO on this bill. Obviously, Native American voting rights are not a priority. This would also be applicable to some of the residents who prefer to “live off the grid” or have their address not assigned by the USPS.
Robert W. Schutte