While reading the Herald's article about representatives attending the Democratic convention, I was quite amused at Teri Staudinger's remarks. Evidently she is unaware that for close to the last three decades, Democrats have had total control of Washington state's legislative and executive branches.
Washington, like many other states, has a budget shortfall, and so elected officials have had to make unpopular decisions. As always, the first item "thrown under the bus," this year as well as all other years, is education by her Democratic Party, and yet she wishes to expound it is the Republican Party that is anti-education.
Unfortunately for her and the Democratic Party, many teachers in this area do not accept her biased viewpoint. I also find it amusing that she uses issues in other states to try to correlate Washington Republicans as anti-education and anti-union. Since the Tri-Cities is of a conservative nature, and school levies in this area pass almost continually, I find her statements and viewpoint are in error.
As with most, but not all Democrats, she is "long on words and short on memory."
Kirk Thomas, Kennewick