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BATES: Most vulnerable on chopping block

Letter by Candy Tingstad, Lakewood on June 8, 2010 at 5:34 pm with 7 Comments »
June 10, 2010 9:40 am

Recent fact-based letters in support of childbirth education at Bates Technical College were discounted in the Viewpoint by Lyle Quasim (TNT, 6-6), Bates’ interim president.

At a time when research is clear about the economic value of early support in the lives of parents, infants and toddlers, Bates is planning to eliminate childbirth education training for professionals and parents and the Parent Infant-Toddler Program. When budgets are tight, it is the most vulnerable who get cut.

Education begins prenatally. Gov. Chris Gregoire supports early education, yet the services for pregnant and early parenting have been drastically cut from our local colleges. It is too bad babies don’t vote.

The RIF-listed instructors will have hearings beginning Wednesday (June 9). I wish the room were filled with the thousands of families who have been served in the last 30 plus years. Bates’ budget difficulties are being solved with short-term solutions and life-long impact on Pierce County families.

Leave a comment Comments → 7
  1. The Right yells and screams about the ‘welfare cheats’ but seldom knows or tries to know a whole class of people. My idea is that a majority of them wouldn’t change their minds despite clear and present evidence.

  2. Bates must want the abortion rate to increase, because that will be the outcome if I understand what the courses do to help people.

  3. PumainTacoma says:

    How do you go from canceling a course to now abortions? Drama queen. BTW Mr. Quasim was in charge of DSHS when we had all those abuse cases. He has no credibility yet still got a pay check. GMAB

  4. tubbythetuba says:

    Go to the FREE public library and read up……I can’t believe the sponges that want everything handed to them on a silver platter at someone else’s expense.

  5. ldozy1234 says:

    The answers lie with someone who keep s their appointed job after a rousing vote of no confidence… or even got the job after the dismal failure to protect chlldren under his supervision in DSHS.
    Funny how both those stories never saw much reporting.
    Political favoritism and cover up at its best.
    Bates will continue to suffer but Quasim will always get appointed somewhere in the system.

  6. Sumner401 says:

    The ‘right’ just yells and screams, over anything and everything.
    When was the last time a republicans offered a solution to anything outside of the standard ‘cut taxes’ (which means for the rich only)?
    When was the last time the republicans did something to benefit the middle class working man?

  7. Today’s trivia question… who’s quote is this?

    “The delusional world of the right is amazing.
    Can’t form an argument? Just claim your opponent isn’t worth debating with childish grade school tactics.
    The real world doesn’t fit your agenda? Just make up stuff until it does, someone will come along and agree with you so that proves you correct, who can argue against two opinions that agree?

    Amazing.”
    .
    a. toyotaman

    b. craftsman

    c. lazyocen

    d. volks254

    e. sumner401

    f. all of the above

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