OWEN S. KRAMER, Richland
I am sick and tired of "the-glass-is-half-empty" commentary (Not Obama, Not Romney, the country is going in the wrong direction, public servants are making too much money, teachers are not doing a good job educating our children, we are not getting our money's worth out of government).
I experienced the half-full side of the argument today. At Kamiakin High School, I substituted for a ill teacher with students in a remedial math class. In this class, Kamiakin provides intensive small-class instruction to ensure that students will succeed. This is reminiscent of the Marine motto, "No one left behind." Like private industry, which I have worked for in the last couple of years, Kamiakin is making professional and cost-effective decisions on where the students are academically, where they need to be and proceeds to implement what it takes to get them there.
This is not an isolated case to Kamiakin or to the Kennewick School District. Richland and Pasco schools have this same "whatever it takes to get the job done in a cost-effective manner" attitude. They are all doing a good job, and you are more than getting you money's worth.