Opinion

Reauthorization of No Child Left Behind is a necessity

When Congress passed No Child Left Behind in 2002, few could have envisioned the unintended consequences that the act would create in school districts across the nation. Now, six years later, Congress is positioned to re-authorize NCLB. Despite some of the Acts unexpected problems (and unfunded mandates), reauthorization is the right step, since NCLB has increased accountability and spurred many districts to refocus on strategic ways to improve academic performance and achievement. During the reauthorization process, however, Congress must take a closer look at NCLB and implement the absolutely necessary improvements that would make the legislation more effective and equitable, for all of Americas school children.

  • Aug 27, 2008

I think they call that bonding

Its been several years since Ive brought a new animal into the house but Ive got one now. Shes a mostly Springer Spaniel named Daisy.

  • Aug 27, 2008

Legislative action puts branch campus in holding pattern

Brining a University of Washington branch campus to the North Sound area, and Marysville in particular, has suffered a couple of setbacks recently but, fortunately, local officials, business leaders and community members have vowed to continue their efforts to bring a branch campus to north Snohomish County.

  • Aug 27, 2008

Save the children, fix the traffic

June 12, 2007. I turned east on 100th at Marysvilles Fred Meyer and ran smack into gridlock. Traffic oozed through the stop at 100th and… Continue reading

  • Aug 27, 2008

I-960 makes it harder to raise taxes

Well, what now? I asked Tim Eyman, when he called me after he got word from the Secretary of States office that the signatures he turned in for Initiative 960 added up to 314,504.

  • Aug 27, 2008

Fill out, dont toss out those primary ballots

Ballots for the Aug. 21 mail-in primary election were sent out recently and have begun arriving in the mailboxes of the countys registered voters.

  • Aug 27, 2008

Good intentions have created a skills gap

by Don C. Brunell

  • Aug 27, 2008

Is pro-democracy killing morale?

by Jacob G. Hornberger

  • Aug 27, 2008

The fate of Ref. 67

The fate of Referendum 67 on Nov. 6 will depend, I suspect, on whether you have ever been involved in dealings with your insurance company over an accident, an injury, a fire or loss of some kind and if you came out of it thinking you got a square deal.

  • Aug 27, 2008

Grade your very own community report card

Mankind has become so much one family that we cannot insure our own prosperity except by insuring that of everyone else. If you wish to be happy yourself, you must resign yourself to seeing others also happy.

  • Aug 27, 2008

Mandating state contraceptive education (done), removing the supermajority to build, operate schools (not doneyet)

We now will have a law saying that if a Washington school teaches sex ed it has to teach about contraceptives as well as abstinence. And we have had serious moves to eliminate the necessity of a supermajority vote to pass school bonds and levies that as yet is not law (ESJR 8207/EHJR 4204).

  • Aug 27, 2008

The Air Force doesnt need a Maserati

by Jim Hightower

  • Aug 27, 2008

Norm Maleng gives a lifetime of public service

Norm Malengs problem, I thought and why he got left at the post in his two tries for governor and one for attorney general, was that he found it difficult to blow his own horn.

  • Aug 27, 2008

Strawberry Festival offers something for everyone

Everyone has their favorite Strawberry Festival activity. For some its the Grand Parade or the fireworks that follow. For others it may be the Pig Out on the Farm, the trike races, the Funtastic carnival, the talent show or the Berry Run. For many, last years inaugural Poochapalooza became an instant favorite and will return this year.

  • Aug 27, 2008

Immigration Policy reveals what we are

by Sheldon Richman

  • Aug 27, 2008

About that attorney general campaign ­— top 10 questions for incumbent Rob McKenna

I am Pierce County Executive John Ladenburg, a former 14-year elected prosecutor currently challenging Republican incumbent Rob McKenna for Attorney General. I have been campaigning for months on a simple platform: reform the Attorney General’s office to get results on consumer protection, identity theft and investigate high fuel costs — not simply issue press releases and pursue so-called public service announcements to advance a political agenda.

  • Aug 27, 2008

Voters can’t make a bad choice in Superior Court race

One of the things that the three candidates for Snohomish County Superior Court, Position 6, all agreed upon, July 24, when meeting with the editorial board of The Marysville Globe and Arlington Times, was that whomever was elected to the position would have to face a number of very difficult decisions when adjudicating the cases which come before them.

  • Jul 30, 2008