The Tri-City Herald editorial board needs more consistency. On May 20, the editorial board bemoaned the loss of $7.5 million dollars for a Pasco preschool program. Last election, TCH recommended a NO vote on Prop. 1351, a proposition that would reduce class size and basically, better fund the schools, calling it a “budget buster.” Which one is it TCH? Prop. 1351 passed and Olympia still axed our preschool. What's the lesson there?
On May 19, the TCH criticized teachers for walking out at a time when working families need to care for little ones. The very next day, they criticized Olympia for neglecting our preschool programs. Ironically, the long-term goal of the teachers/ families involved in the walkout is to draw attention to the fact (preschool) education here is neglected and underfunded! We all do what we can.
The Tri-Cities, in general, suffers in Olympia. We are a low-population area, often not politically in line with the west-side legislators and political agendas. We need to be twice as loud to get noticed half as much. We all act on best intentions. We need a united front if our American dream is allowed to thrive.
Matthew T. Ruane