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It’s almost time for school to start! This is one of the most exciting times of the year for me.
Do we want — and do we all deserve — life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness?
As I take over the Tukwila Reporter for Dean Radford, I know I have big shoes to fill, but I am up for the challenge.
Political correctness (PC) is confusing. It can be positive or negative.
These are long-term projects. Residents must be patient. Who will pay the bill? Will BNSF choose to participate and to what degree? Are there any reasonable prospects for grants? When preparation meets opportunity, good things can happen. We shall see.
I couldn’t be prouder of our graduates. Many overcame unbelievable personal challenges to cross that ceremonial stage on June 10. To our Class of 2016, I want you to know this: The diploma in your hand is proof that you can do anything; you are limitless with infinite possibilities.
That Thursday night in 1969 was the beginning of my "bright" future. I think of last Friday as the ending of that career, grateful that I could share it with other Bulldogs, too.
It is possible to make homelessness rare, brief and one-time in King County – including Tukwila – the goal of All Home, which once was called the Committee to End Homelessness.
Housing instability doesn’t happen to faceless strangers, it happens to families like yours and mine. And no student is “homeless” in the sense of an unshakeable characteristic; rather, they experience “homelessness” for a period of time.
The city’s Parks and Recreation Department is developing an innovative initiative called Healthy Tukwila. It’s bringing attention to the ill effects that sugar and sugary drinks have on our health. You’ll see some changes in what’s available at the vending machines at the Tukwila Community Center and at other city facilities.
Our graduates need to leave fully equipped to take responsibility for their own well-being and success, a cornerstone of which is a healthy lifestyle.
Building new structures offers the opportunity to address these challenges and to make it so that departments that work in close cooperation with each other (court and police, for example) will be better situated to do so.
Behind the scenes, the city and district are continuing to plan and collaborate together. We hold regular City Council/School Board meetings, executive-cabinet meetings, service-provider meetings, and safety/emergency-preparedness meetings. We discover many intersecting interests, opportunities, efficiencies, and resources when we are in the room together.
If we hear single-issue messages or vague appealing principles, then we are being asked to join their side and don’t worry about the details.
No child should ever again come home from school to an apartment not much better than one in a Third World country from which they or their parents fled. Making that happen is mostly beyond the scope of the Police Department’s job description, but it is a job for a caring community.
During the mayoral campaign, CM Quinn said that, as mayor, he would propose legislation to increase the minimum wage. Perhaps Quinn is willing to do it as a council member. If not, how about our other council members or our mayor? If not, why not?
One of the most important upcoming events that will shape our future is the Feb. 9 election. The Tukwila School District has two levies and one bond measure on the ballot.
Allan Ekberg will need some time to get up to speed. Having had considerable experience with Tukwila government, this should go pretty smoothly.
We urge you to vote YES three times for Tukwila schools on the Feb. 9 ballot. There is a School Programs and Operations Levy, a bond and a Technology Levy.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Two members of the Foster High School faculty have written this Open Letter to Students, in solidarity with other Foster teachers, expressing their support for ALL students who attend Foster.