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I am writing to express my full support for our excellent teachers in their current contract negotiations with the Bellevue School District. As a parent of students entering 6th and 9th grade this fall who have attended Bellevue schools since kindergarten, I have experienced the gradual transformation of the district curricula along with a transformation in administrative style.
I understand that teachers in general are underpaid for the work they do, but the Bellevue School District is offering more then the state’s cost of living increase. The BSD’s administration budget is well with in the realm of normal for this area.
It should be obvious that when workers are given a pay increase for doing the same job, the price of the product they are working on will increase. (Get set for more increases in the price of airplanes and education in Bellevue.)
The Bellevue teachers strike proves that my wife’s and my decision to remove our two sons from Bellevue public schools this year was the right one. We have supported Bellevue schools in the past, but recent front-page report indicates our concerns were warranted.
I support the school district. The district needs to stick to the proposal, which is more than generous and not waiver. Get a court order and send the teachers back to work.
Comment: As a Bellevue School District parent, classroom volunteer and PTA board member, I unequivocally support our wonderful teachers. I also vehemently oppose this strike.
The article about our proposed “Grand Esplanade” for downtown Bellevue was well written and very attractively presented.
I have a suggestion for the Bellevue school board in its current quest to ensure that teachers districtwide follow the same lesson plans for all their subjects.
Regarding the recent article mentioning moving sidewalks, this has got to be one of the dumbest ideas I have ever read. Why make moving sidewalks when most of America is already fat.
It feels like every day I open the newspaper I read a new story about school districts struggling to pay for fuel for busses, food for students, and salaries for teachers. Giving every child in this state a good education should be our number one priority, so why aren’t we getting any relief from D.C.?
Wind turbines are the latest popular “answer” to our country’s energy problems with talk of three-bladed monsters covering vast areas from Texas northward. T. Boone Pickens is spending millions to promote his vision of generating 20 percent of our energy from wind power (although her refuses to install any of the turbines on his own 120,000 acre ranch).
I appreciated Walter Backstrom’s thoughtful article of Aug. 20 about using the N-word.
All of the snide comments about Republicans (and “George Bush Republicans”) in the Democrats’ campaign commercials must be directed at the typical uninformed voters oblivious to the fact that the Democratic-controlled Congress’s approval rating is less than half that of the president’s. Presumably its miserable rating is due to the fact that that it’s done almost nothing for two years.
The sidewalk, as shown in Bellevue Reporter article concerning the Grand Esplanade, is a terrific proposal. However the moving sidewalk portion would be an expensive and high maintenance device.
I thoroughly enjoyed Walter Backstrom’s piece in the Bellevue Reporter entitled: The gravy train has ended.
I am a resident of Bellevue and recently went on a mission trip to Mississippi with my church, Aldersgate United Methodist. We went to Biloxi where there still are people suffering losses from hurricane Katrina. We built and painted houses and helped renovate destroyed areas.
Thanks for your editorial in the in the Bellevue Reporter on the bicycle issue. It’s true that cooler tempers should prevail.
Amen, Mr. Backstrom. Well said. I have long felt that without “victims” the liberal leaders in this country would not have the power they now enjoy. It is time for everyone to exercise personal responsibility and effectively participate in this society to the best of his/her ability.
I have two granddaughters and a grandson that live close to me in the Bellevue area and they belong to a fishing and hunting clan. I hope they will enjoy the fishing and hunting in Washington that I have since moving here from Montana in the 1950’s, and that our three children have since the 1970’s.
I am a recreational bicyclist and enjoy getting out on my bike for the exercise, the fresh air and the scenery. The recent editorial in the Bellevue Reporter regarding sharing the roads made several good points, but I think you have missed the mark with some of the remarks as well.