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Letters to the Editor 11/3
Published 11/3/2011
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Pullman PD ridealongs not worthy of front page news

Editor:

For some reason, there have been several front-page articles dedicated to one of your reporters riding along with the Pullman Police Department. It is possible that my office and I are missing out on some important information hidden in these articles, but what point do these articles serve? If you are trying to communicate the typical duties of the Pullman police officers, I would think a simple interview would be both more productive and more professional. If you are trying to warn against irresponsible drinking behavior, as exhibited in the recent "Puking Leopard" article, it should be easy enough to find some recent facts, statistics or even case-by-case examples of the dangers of wandering wasted.

What really surprises me is that these articles have somehow found their way onto the front page of your paper. Explain to me why an article dedicated to students making poor choices is more important for the community to read than, say, an article about the Otto Zehm case, shunted to page two? Why is it acceptable for these news articles (I am assuming these articles are categorized as news) to have such unprofessional and juvenile headlines? And seriously, what is the point of these articles? Mocking students? Cautionary tales? What?

Please spare me these mundane tales of college stupidity. Unless they are outstandingly mindless, amusing or outrageous, I have heard them all before. I would much rather find news in my newspaper. Thank you.

Calli Schroeder
Pullman resident

Economic downturn affects childhood development

Editor:

While some families have been brought closer together since the downturn of the economy in 2008, it is a rare trend in an economic downward spiral and most families have felt the stress.

Many parents in families are struggling with double shifts or two jobs to fill the financial void. Although this is a commonly acknowledged fact, what seems to go unnoticed are the effects the economy is having on these families’ children.

The children lack needed attention and consequently lack the skills they need to be prepared for the beginning of their education. As the children are in the very early stages of development, they are extremely influenced by the presence their parents. When children lack the nurture of parents at especially young ages, they tend to have trust issues or even developmental delays. Because parents are too busy to help in their growth, the children suffer and the parents do not notice. These children go unnoticed until they enter school, and then it falls upon the teachers to spend extra time aiding along their cognitive and physical delays.

Fortunately, however, there are specialists who are a rare commodity but available to help these kids become prepared for the tasks needed to accomplish success in school. Occupational therapists work with people to help them reach the physical expectations society puts on people with delays. Children are able to finely tune their motor skills in tasks deemed simple such as tying their shoes. Because of the help that occupational therapists lend, children can gain their confidence in their abilities and play at the level of the others.

As an activist for children, I would encourage anyone to consider a career where they can better the life of one who has gone unnoticed. 

Jenni Krigbaum
freshman, human development

Do not oppose I-1183 just to make an anti-corporation point


Editor:

What does the fact that Costco puts more than $21 million into I-1183 have do to with whether it is inherently a good initiative or not? Of course Costco is going to put money into advertising for the initiative. We need to realize that corporations are not inherently evil. They are just out to make the most money possible, and they will do so by driving up sales with lower prices and running stores much more efficiently than any government program could. 

The business aspect of liquor is the exact same as selling any other product. If a corporation making money is so bad, why are fast food restaurants in Washington not run by a Washington Fast Food Association? According to the logic of the editorial in Monday's paper, this should lower the cost of various dollar menus even further. Even the Hanford waste cleanup is almost entirely done by contractors with the Department of Energy acting more as overseers as they should. Government-run businesses simply never operate as well as private ones because they are not looking for that bottom line. And from the huge amount of money saved by reaching for that bottom line, corporations will profit as well as the rest of the citizens in the state of Washington through competition between corporations to get the largest slice of that bottom line.

I am not saying vote yes on I-1183. I am simply saying that the idea of a "vote against corporations" is absolutely ridiculous.

Derek Cline
senior, chemical engineering

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