SUNDAY, DEC. 11, 2016

UPDATED: FRIDAY, DEC. 9, 2016, 1:36 P.M.

Parents should prep kids

The "Naughty Numbers" article raised a lot of questions. OSPI's WaKIDS report bears out what the article alluded to - students coming to kindergarten socially unprepared. Some 34.7 percent had social-emotional skills expected of a child 0–3 years of age, while 62.6 percent possessed skills appropriate for a 4- or 5-year-old. Also assessed were physical skills, cognitive skills, math, literacy and language with similar results.

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UPDATED: FRIDAY, DEC. 9, 2016, 1:33 P.M.

Preserve Freddy's Park

Hearts out to Wandermere folks and their little patch of heaven nestled behind Fred Meyer. In 2001, Freddy's Park joined our county park system. It isn't maintained and litter abounds. Still, it remains a regularly used and appreciated open community space with plenty of parking at the trail head.

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UPDATED: FRIDAY, DEC. 9, 2016, 1:39 P.M.

Women in science

What does it look like to be a woman in science? Being a woman in science means having men explain things to you as if you were simple when you only needed a yes or no answer. It means being given the response, "But how are you going to be able to raise a family?" when stating you are following a doctoral degree.

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SATURDAY, DEC. 10, 2016

UPDATED: MONDAY, DEC. 5, 2016, 4:17 P.M.

Another conspiracy theory

The Donald has given permission to United States citizens to engage in conspiracy theories. One such theory is that Trump is an alien sent to disrupt and destroy our American way of life.

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UPDATED: MONDAY, DEC. 5, 2016, 4:23 P.M.

Don't publish Coulter

On Nov. 25, John Weisenburger wrote to say that the column written by Leonard Pitts Jr. should be replaced with that of Ann Coulter.

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UPDATED: MONDAY, DEC. 5, 2016, 4:22 P.M.

Give Trump time

Whew! It's finally over, except for the shouting. Much of that from people who have been used to getting too many free things from our tax dollars. There are probably a large number of reactions from people who have been influenced by the increasing gap between the red and the blue.

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SATURDAY, DEC. 10, 2016

Rep. Bob McMaslin: Growth limit thwarts classroom expansion

Much of the work in the upcoming 2017 legislative session will be focused on changing how the state funds education and addressing the state Supreme Court’s McCleary decision. This effort will be long, arduous, complicated and fraught with political spin from every special interest group in Olympia. But what if there was a fairly simple, straightforward, cost-effective bipartisan idea to help lower class size throughout the state? The concept of fewer students in the classroom and more teacher attention focused on each child is something everybody wants.

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UPDATED: MONDAY, DEC. 5, 2016, 4:20 P.M.

Thanks for gratitude edition

What a pleasant surprise to view The Spokesman's Thanksgiving Day front page and first section. Instead of the usual "If it bleeds, it leads" mentality of current media reporting, this Thanksgiving issue focused on "giving thanks." Such a novel concept.

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SATURDAY, DEC. 10, 2016

Trump manufactures Boeing issue

Trump has used the company as a punching bag in attacks on trade and now procurement costs. He must reconcile this stance with his promise to support American workers affected by global trade.

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UPDATED: MONDAY, DEC. 5, 2016, 4:25 P.M.

Up to the majority

Once again we have a president-elect pushing his idea that he received a mandate. Trump did not win the popular vote. He was elected by an arcane, insane Electoral College from the 18th century. He lost the popular vote by more than 2 million votes, and these majority of voters still believe in climate change, equal pay for women, hikes in minimum wage, and they want among other liberal things, such as a single-payer universal health care system.

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