Letters

Students not facing implementation of critical race theory

Editor,

  I hope this letter reaches the public before votes are cast in this primary. If not, then I hope you didn’t vote to put Tonya Hickman on your school board. This is why: In the voters’ pamphlet, she states “students face the implementation of ‘Critical race theory ...” This is not true. This is a lie and it’s time to call these statements what they are. Lies.

  I spoke with a different candidate this past week, who is already an educator, and was informed of the curriculum guidelines from the state and nowhere is there any mention of this coming implementation.

  Don’t take my word, ask any teacher you know.

  This fear is a boogie man, another hair-on-fire issue drummed up to keep you afraid and to divert your attention from the fact that one party in our country wants to do nothing and has done nothing for you in years.

  Please don’t put this person on your school board.

Gary Meader

Nooksack

Time for functional congress

Editor,

  The New York Times reported on U.S. lower life expectancy: “It’s hard to imagine a more alarming sign of a society’s well-being than an inability to keep its citizens alive.

  While some of the reasons are mysterious, others are fairly clear. American society has become far more unequal than it used to be, and the recent increases in mortality are concentrated among working-class Americans, especially those without a four-year college degree.”

  Our country should be acknowledging the hardships, depression and suicide --- beyond unjust real estate opportunities, banking, education, medical care and rural disenfranchisement by lack of infrastructure.

  Did you know that small towns cannot even get a Dollar Store because the franchise requires a sewer system and not a septic system in some areas?

  While private business can practice its own guidelines, this is just an example of systemic issues most of us know nothing about.) 

  There are so many issues that our Congress could be looking at as bipartisan issues.   

  It is about time that citizen voters count for more than votes and constituency means more than party politics.

  “We the People” means everyone, not Ours the Party.

      It is time for a functional Congress.

Donna Starr

Blaine

Jilk ‘knows the lay of the land’

Editor,

  I am a retired teacher having taught for 40 years in the Lynden School District. It was a huge honor to be part of such a dynamic organization.

  With the upcoming primary election, I want to weigh in on the school board race.

  There is no denying that Lynden experienced an especially difficult academic year due to the pandemic and all its ramifications

  Indeed, the difficulties went beyond the classroom and students to reach divisively into the community at large.

  As we attempt to re-institute in person learning, I think it’s going to be very important for us not to make too many changes at once.

  There will be big enough changes to develop appropriate protocols for students and teachers as they return to classrooms.

  Additionally, we will be working with a newly hired superintendent.

  For these reasons I encourage voters to reelect Steve Jilk to the school board as he has served on the board for 10 years, knows the lay of the land, and would provide that element of consistency as we navigate our return from the pandemic.

      His balanced approach and his first-hand knowledge and experience on the board would be beneficial as we get reestablished.

  I encourage everyone to vote in this primary and urge folks to vote for Steve Jilk for the Lynden School Board position.

  Thank you for your time.

Mary Roebuck

Lynden

Vote – and defend democracy

Editor,

  It’s voting time again here in Whatcom County and throughout our state. This time it is the primary election when we vote among candidates where there are more than two people running for positions in our towns and county.

  It is my right and responsibility to read the voters’ guide, to meet as many candidates as possible and to vote and return my ballot.

  My vote should have as much (but no more) power than anyone else.

  Having met our county auditor, visited her office, observed neighbors working to confirm and validate my vote, and being an authorized volunteer observer, I am confident of the honesty and reliability of our system.

  But I am part of this large nation and I have lived in and voted in six states: NY, NJ, ND, IA, NM, and WA.

  I have children and grandchildren voting in IA, KS, TX, CO, MT, CA, and WA and I want them all to experience elections as well-run as ours.

      Join me in calling your friends and family around the country to let them know about our mail in voting and how well it works.

  Ask them to call their senators to urge them to vote for Senate Bill 1, For the People Act of 2021, that would guarantee the right of qualified people to vote everywhere.

  We have weakened the voting rights law that we formerly had. There is organized scattershot legislation to making it more difficult to vote.

  Eligible voters throughout our land need to be welcomed as we are here.

  Vote. Defend democracy.

Alyce Werkema

Lynden

Passing ‘For the People Act’ is critical to fair elections

Editor,

  Our democracy is in grave danger as state after state passes voter suppression laws.

  We need the U.S. Senate to pass S1, the “For the People Act” now.

  S1 is a sweeping democracy reform package that will expand and protect voting rights for all, end partisan and racial gerrymandering, get dark money out of politics and restore transparency and accountability in our government. 

  I urge senators Cantwell and Murray to be relentlessly and fiercely outspoken on this legislation and do everything necessary to get it to a vote, including nudging Sen. Schumer.

  I appreciate that both Washington State senators have cosponsored this bill, however all the news is about people opposing it. We need to hear our leaders advocating for it loudly, clearly and publicly. 

  Upcoming elections are at risk as these state voter suppression laws are implemented.

  Time is of the essence and failure to pass S1 is not an option.

  Our democracy hangs in the balance.

Vicki Thomas

Bellingham

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