commented on Teacher Revolt
This is a great ethical, practical, pro-student, courageous act of leadership and dedication on the part of the Garfield teachers. Because it is a great assertion of the human values fundamental to education, it will sweep the nation, as it already is. Many, many people understand its justness. Hang on, too, because the powers that be will come down hard on this movement; hang on, we will outlast them.
Oct 22, 2012
commented on The Stranger Election Control Board’s Endorsements For the November 6, 2012, General Election
Always fun, and helpful to those of us who were abandoned by the S Times years ago, but are you always right? I heard Sarajane Siegfriedt and Jessyn Farrell (46th D) debate upfront and was surprised to hear Sarajane sounding disappointingly like a just another machine-made Democrat whereas Farrell sounded like the smart kind of new energy we REALLY NEED.
As for the law enforcement fingerprints levy, why vote for better and better fingerprinting when what we really need is crime prevention (aka jobs, education, social services, respect).
And why are we voting on a seawall levy (no pun intended)? Wasn't the cost of repairing the seawall supposed to be included in the cost of that expensive new road called the SR99 tunnel, which runs right alongside the seawall?
Dec 12, 2011
commented on The Two-Thirds Supermajority Myth
We need to raise revenue, this is clear. Our state cannot go on in its present condition of reducing and reducing services--services that help create a healthy, working, functioning society. We are not "every person for himself or herself." We are a society, and government exists to help protect the rights of everyone to the pursuit of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
So, damn it, let's raise revenue, whether by simple majority or two-thirds majority--let's raise revenue. And let's not keep chipping away at a flat tax here, a fraction of a sales tax increase there. Let's look at the big picture. Wealthy people and wealthy companies should be proud to contribute largely to their society. Middle class people should contribute a medium amount. Poor people should not be heavily taxed, but give back like everyone in other ways. We need a combination of sales tax, luxury tax, property tax, and income tax so that we can achieve a fair tax system.
Come on legislators, look at the big picture, and help us create a society that gives everyone dignified work and a healthy home.