Tag Archives: Public Schools

A History Lesson for Our Public Schools and Teachers

Our Public Schools are highly regarded as a bridge to ensure that our children will have as bright a future for themselves as they are able to achieve if they are given the skills to read, write, cipher, and think critically about issues they may not have a deep understanding of. As the parents and guardians of our most treasured possessions, our children, it is our moral obligation to ensure that they have as much opportunity to learn and develop these skills during their formative learning years of Kindergarten through High School, with the hopes that they will become self-reliant through the achievement of a solid education. History is an important part of education and should always be treated with reverence and understanding of that time in history. America is a melting pot of many ethnicity’s one of which are our Italian-American population. Last Monday as many citizens enjoyed a paid holiday from their work-place to honor Columbus Day, it was noticed that at one of our public schools there was a questionable posting in the teacher’s workroom. Does this flyer demonstrate the type of group-think which is permeating our public schools? The posting of this question does not deal with, Why America Celebrates Columbus …

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Saturday Morning Live for June 24, 2017

Host Kris Halterman discusses the mission of SAVE, aka Social Alliance for a Vibrant Economy. Who are they? What is their mission? What are have they done? What is Raspberry Pi? What are their future plans?   

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Saturday Morning Live for Apr. 1, 2017

42nd District Representatives Luanne VanWerven and Vincent Buys, join host Kris Halterman, to share an update on what’s happening in Olympia this session. What has or is likely to pass? Will they pass a budget that resolves the McCleary decision? What are the details for changing local property tax levies to state property tax levies, to comply with the McCleary decision? Will the Hirst Fix be realized this session?  

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Upset About Your Property Tax Bill? Don’t Blame the Assessor.

Upset about your property tax bill? Don’t blame the Assessor…he’s just crunching the numbers in the database to calculate who pays all those taxes, from all the different taxing authorities and voter approved special levies. Our political leaders approve the budgets proposed by the County Executive and City Mayors, based on the differing needs of our public service entities like Cemetery, Police, Fire, Schools, Roads, Flood, Real Estate Development Excise, EMS, Greenways, Metropolitan Parks, etc., etc. Thousands of Whatcom County property owners received their property tax liability bill this week. All over the County eyeballs were popping, heads were exploding, and pace-makers were working overtime. Why? Because the Pied-Piper brought the unsuspecting populace to the brink of the wharf and encouraged them to jump into the water. Whatcom County’s chickens have come home to roost. Or, better stated as the policies of our political leaders are working. The County Council and the Bellingham City Council have chosen not to increase and fund the urban growth areas in Bellingham and Whatcom County, to accommodate local growth in a planned and sustained measure. Without a proper supply of build-able lots, your assessed property values go up at a faster than normal rate. The …

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Saturday Morning Live for Feb. 4, 2017

Part One: Host Kris Halterman interview Wm. Perry Pendley, Pres. and CEO of the Mountain States Legal Foundation. Mr. Pendley is an active member of a nonprofit group, fighting for water and land use issues (property rights) in the United States.   Part Two: Host Kris Halterman interviews Garret, a student in the Ferndale School District. Garret wanted to try out for the Ferndale Girls’ Volleyball Team. Title IX states that: No person in the United States shall, based on sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance. Garret has been denied access to try out for the girls’ volleyball team, and the District has encouraged him to form a coed, or boys’ volleyball team…a team that would not have anyone to compete against. Garret shares the story of his quest on Saturday Morning Live, Gender equality for thee, but no gender equality for me?  

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WWU to be a Sanctuary University?

University President Sabah Randhawa, has sent out an email to reassure the locals that he will be working to protect undocumented students at Western Washington University. Will this jeopordize federal funding for students who are legal U.S. citizens? Isn’t college tuition a huge expense that caused a lot of millenial’s to demand free tuition. Of course anyone who pays taxes understands that none of this is free and there is a cost to everyone when those who work for public institutions spend other peoples money. From: <President@wwu.edu> Date: November 28, 2016 at 2:59:59 PM PST To: ”  EMPLOYEE TYPES: C1 – Classified FT Perm/Salaried”, “C2 – Classified PT Perm/Salaried”, C3 – Class Temp Hourly, E1 – Exempt Prof FT Perm/Salaried, “E2 – Exempt Prof PT Perm/Salaried”, E3 – Exempt Prof Temp/Hourly, “E4 – Exempt Prof Temp/Salaried”, E5 – Executive Officer, “F1 – Fac FT 9-10 Mo Perm/Salaried”, F2 – Fac PT 9-10 Mo Perm/Salaried, “F3 – Faculty PT Temp/Salaried”, F4 – Faculty PT Temp/Hourly, L1 – Librarian FT Perm/Salaried, L2 – Librarian PT Perm/Salaried, L3 – Librarian PT Temp/Salaried Subject: Western`s Commitment to Our Undocumented Students Reply-To: <President@wwu.edu> Dear Western Community, I welcome everyone back from Thanksgiving break and hope that you …

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Saturday Morning Live for Aug 20, 2016

Host Kris Halterman has invited Keith Willnauer, Whatcom County Assessor, to talk about his settlement with the BP Refinery to reassess their refinery properties at Cherry Point. The Whatcom County Council’s actions have spun the communities tax base into a further spiral downwards. If Whatcom County wasn’t already dead last (39th of 39 counties) it likely would slip further down the least economically affordable county in the State of Washington. Listen in on Saturday, Aug. 20th, as the Whatcom County Assessor discusses the recent settlement on BP’s appeal to reduce their assessed valuation due to localized negative-economic pressures…like those being considered by the Whatcom County Council in their Cherry Point Industrial Zone update for 2017.

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Primary Voter Confusion at All-time High

Have you opened up your primary ballot yet? If not, you need to…because there are a lot of choices, a lot of unknown candidates, and the primary will choose the top-two candidates from the primary election, who will move forward to this years general election. Last week I reached out to a number of liberty-loving, smaller-government, pro-business, individuals and this is how that discussion penciled out on the primary ballot. The top criteria was that they are qualified to hold the position and that they are the best candidate for the previously mentioned ideals: 2016 Primary Ballot Choices to Consider: U.S. Senate Position 1 – Scott Nazarino US Representative Congressional Dist. 1 – Robert Sutherland US Representative Congressional Dist. 2 – Mark Hennemann Governor – Bill Bryant Lieutenant governor – Marty Mc Clendon Secretary of State – Kim Wyman State Treasurer – Duane Davidson State Auditor – Mark Miloscia Attorney General – Joshua Trumbull Commissioner of Public Lands – Steve McLaughlin Superintendent of Public Instruction – Ron Higgins Insurance Commissioner – Justin Murta State Senator District 40 – Daniel Miller State Representative District 42 Position 1 – Luanne VanWerven State Representative District 42 Position 2…Vincent Buys State Representative District 40 Position …

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Saturday Morning Live for July 16, 2016

Host Kris Halterman will interview; Doug Karlberg, candidate for 42nd Dist. Rep. and 42nd Dist. Rep. Luanne VanWerven, incumbent, during the first half of the program.   The second part of the program will be an interview with Steve McLaughlin, candidate for Washington State Public Lands Commissioner.

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Saturday Morning Live for July 9, 2016

Host Kris Halterman will interview; Jacob Deschenes, Ed Kilduff, and Todd Hausman, from SAVE on their new project, Growing the Economy with RaspberryPi. and how the Maker Movement is set to expand economic business and employment opportunities in America.

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