commented on If You Didn't Vote, Why?
Any race I cared about wasn't competitive. I don't feel qualified to vote on judicial races, so I don't. On this ballot, that left...nothing.
commented on Ignore the Fearmongering
You guys, at first I was with you and was going to jump on @7 for suggesting that living on 30K a year is too good for those serve his food and should toil in poverty to learn a good lesson about motivation.
But wait! Now I see what he's really saying! He's saying on $30K a year, life is so good that nobody could possibly want or need more. @7 is suggesting we tax at 100% all income over 30K, because what is the point? How many diamond encrusted toilets can one waitress even fit in her mansion?
Thanks, @7. Your position may be unpopular, but it is so brave.
Dec 4, 2013
commented on New Study Pegs Washington State Living Wage at $16.04 to $30.46 an Hour
The childcare costs are similarly laughable. $250/month for childcare for two? Try multiplying that by at least ten. Conservatives love families, they just think parents should live in an economy that forces them to be away from their children 10-12 hours a day and unable to afford quality care for them.
Aug 6, 2013
commented on The Experiences of a 17-Year-Old Feminist
@3, Totally agree. I brought up one of these posts in conversation with my husband, and he asked (SHOCKED!) if that had ever happened to me. Of course, I replied. He wanted to know how often. When I worked downtown, it happened daily. Again, he was shocked. I was shocked that he was shocked. It was such an omnipresent irritating part of life that I assumed he knew that's how things are for ladies and I never really thought of mentioning it to him. I'm sure he's not the only good guy that doesn't know how common this is for the women they love, and for all women.
Aug 5, 2013
commented on If We're Gonna Test the Hell Out of Our High Schoolers, Why Not Just Give Them the SAT?
Goldy, it's only accurate to say "most" colleges require the SAT/ACT if you are limiting your idea of college to four-year schools. Only about half of students that go to college go that route; the other half go to the two-years. Those students (usually) don't take the SAT. As Washington begins to implement Common Core State Standards, we'll be transitioning to the Smarter Balanced Assessment. A lot of work has gone into making it a really good measure of readiness for college-level work, which even the SAT/ACT folks will admit their tests are not. I agree that it would make a lot of sense to get rid of some of the other flawed tests we are using (MAP, etc) rather than to just pile on.
To everyone saying that standardized tests are the devil - how do you propose we evaluate whether students have learned what they need to know? Just with hugs and drum circles? No measure of skills is perfect, but that is an argument for improving the way we measure. Refusing to measure is a great way to ensure we can never understand or address problems in the education system.