commented on UW Professors Support Seattle Teachers' MAP Testing Boycott
Goldy, you nailed it. It is about respect.
And the fact is: the business people pushing Corporate Ed Reform in this town do not respect teachers. Oh, they may like them and praise them, but they don't respect them.
Spend five minutes in a meeting of the fake "Our Schools Coalition" (it isn't a coalition. it is actually the League of Education, which is fueled by Gates Foundation Reformista $$$) or with the powerpoint set at The Alliance for Education, whose "CEO" Sara Morris pushes hard-core teacher test criteria at every opportunity, and you'll see the non-respect in action.
These are the people talking to our electeds at the state and local levels. Teachers really need to start standing up for themselves and talking back. They are the experts. The bulk of the public will back them.
commented on "Why Should I Be Paying a Toll for Somebody Else's Bridge?" or Everything You Need to Know About What's Wrong With America
@40. Nah. Not workable. Neither the East Side nor Seattle will stand for a tolling on one part of the bridge but not the other. Would cause a hit to businesses on one side or the other. What would be fair would be to split the toll into 2 parts (east and west). MIs would theoretically pay 1/2 the toll while through traffic/east-west business commuters would pay full amount.
I am completely against any break for MI unless it is a very small discount for a big buy of bulk passes. We don't do it for the peninsula or for Bainbridge. MI is a huge contributor to I90 traffic. They don't want to pay tolls? Bus or carpool like the rest of us. Or move. (And their snotty, self-absorbed whining isn't going to win them friends on either side of Lake Washington.)
commented on Mike McGinn Is Running for Reelection
I generally think Mike is OK. He has grown on the job. But I can't quite get over his handling of the police, which wasn't a primary issue of mine until I started watching with increasing horror from John T. Williams on.
I'll need a different candidate to vote for.
commented on Prepare for Seattle to Be Mocked on the Big Screen
Do you have a Bush, Lakeside, Meridian, Villa (ooo, especially Villa) St. Joe's, Assumption-St. Bridget, Bertche, Billings, U Prep, Seattle Academy, Country Day parent in your life? You've got all you need to know about Bernadette and Co.
Dec 5, 2012
commented on Maria Goodloe-Johnson Has Died
Fired from Seattle. Mother died. Found a job in Detroit. She died. Left behind young daughter and husband. Pity was no doubt the last thing she wanted. She was a tone-deaf battleaxe here in Seattle. Made a mess of things and alienated the community. Plus there was the Potter scandal. Slunk off to Charlston and never showed her face here again, beyond apparently getting a Letter of Recommendation from The Borgs at The Alliance for Education.
The whole Goodloe-Johnson tenure in Seattle was supremely sad. But her ending was still tragic. RIP.
Dec 5, 2012
commented on Ed Murray Wants to Be Seattle's First Gay Mayor
Ross you dolt Sims was a pleasant face on a crap job performace. Constantine has spent his whole time in office actually making the trains run on time again.
Sims is a nice fellow but would be a disaster at the helm here in Seattle.