For Veterans Day, we give our place to Dale S. Millican of Puyallup, who writes of arriving in South Vietnam nearly 40 years ago as a 19-year-old soldier. He recalls what it was like returning home. Today, he feels insulted when fellow baby boomers tell him, "Thanks for your service."
The newly empowered Democrats in Congress should keep their pledge to institute ethics reforms that will restore, or at least improve, public confidence in a body tarnished by corruption and ethical carelessness.
Tacoma School Supt. Charlie Milligan’s initial recommendations for school closings appear sound. They are, however, the easiest choices. Within two months, two more have to be targeted for closure, and those choices will make more people unhappy. It is simply essential that parents and citizens remember that the overall good of the district, not the interests of particular neighborhoods, that must drive these decisions.
"Stay the course" with WASL math standards, we urge, after news that only a quarter of the students who retook the math section in August passed it. That’s progress of a sort, though much more needs to be done to get passing rates up. Terry Bergeson needs to provide clear guidance to local districts whose math programs are not doing the job.
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