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September 25, 2013 at 6:36 PM
Take a stand
Howard Schultz needs to take a stand one way or the other. [“Starbucks’ gun policy: Please don’t bring them,” page one, Sept. 19.]
You can’t please everyone. Schultz needs to decide: Are guns in or out at his stores?
Starbucks is a gathering place for many families and friends, many with children. Would he rather let a child be scared in his store by the sight of guns? Is he worried he might take too much heat from those who wants guns?
Angie Clevenger, Seattle
August 22, 2013 at 7:21 AM
Take it further
Washington State University’s new alcohol policies are a step in the right direction. [“Editorial: Campus drinking: ‘Cougs looking out for Cougs,’” Opinion, Aug. 19.]
The concept of training students what to do when a friend is sick is a terrific idea, as a majority of alcohol-poisoning deaths occur when friends let an inebriated student “sleep it off.”
Realize, however, that schools nationwide have adopted countless alcohol-prevention programs and initiatives with little long-term success. One program with documented success is Soteer.
In line with WSU President Elson Floyd’s call of “Cougs taking care of Cougs,” Soteer focuses on “students helping students stay safe,” and takes this idea one step further by training students in bystander intervention, who then attend parties to apply their knowledge and change the trajectory of a student’s night before a problem occurs. Soteer trains its monitors in signs and symptoms of drug and alcohol abuse, intervention techniques, rape awareness and general safety.
This approach may compliment WSU’s wonderful and thoughtful new policies.
Paul Millman, CEO of Soteer, LLC, White Plains, N.Y.
July 19, 2013 at 7:05 PM
Investment must be protected
A recent piece in The Times cited valid reasons for investing in early learning, such as long-term success in school, including a better likelihood of going on to higher education. [“Guest column: Early learning is a crime-fighter,” Opinion, July 17.]
The column also highlighted research demonstrating how quality early learning can, in fact, increase success in the workforce and decrease involvement in the criminal justice system.
These are all good reasons to invest in early learning. No doubt this understanding had much to do with the passage of the recent budget, which included increases for our youngest learners, despite the concerns about impending deficits and the mandate to adequately fund our K-12 system due to the recent Supreme Court decision.
However, as was pointed out, future budgets may be even more contentious. Good investment or not, early-learning programming will be susceptible to “tough decisions and compromises.”
The McCleary vs. State decision reminded the Legislature that they must uphold their constitutional obligation of “ample provision for the education of all children,” as stated in Article IX of the Washington State Constitution.
What we need is a definitive acknowledgment that these so-called “investments” in early learning are connected to Article IX.
Mike Sheehan, Shoreline
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