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Community Events, December 2013
I’ve been working with Bellevue Mayor Conrad Lee for about half a year now as his student intern. Mayor Lee is always the most energetic person on the team, which makes it incredibly motivating to work with him, because I know that he really cares about what he is doing.
A new ordinance in King County will require drug companies to reclaim and dispose of patients' unused prescription medicines. Health officials argue the take-back law will keep these medications out of water supplies and the hands of drug abusers. In reality, the program will be a costly mistake, raising prescription drug costs for consumers while doing little to clean up the environment or curtail misuse. We already have a much easier – and less expensive – alternative.
Many people are surprised when I tell them that we have a Truancy Dropout Prevention Unit in the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. “Shouldn’t you be going after the serious criminals instead of kids who skip school?” they ask. The truth is that when it comes to protecting public safety, there is no better strategy than making sure that every child succeeds in school.
Thanksgiving has passed. We’ve all expressed our gratitude for family, friends, turkey and stuffing. Or have we?