In less than 10 days, my kids will go back to school – so please do me a favor. Do not ask them if they are sad about it. Seriously, until you pose that leading question, it never even occurs to children that they should be sad. In fact, they’re quite excited.
The Professional Educator Standards Board for Washington state indicated recently that over the past five years school districts have seen a 250 percent increase in the demand for new teachers, largely because so many veteran teachers are retiring. Our state needs to produce greater numbers of high-quality teachers, and the demand will only increase as more teachers approach retirement age.
I think the sound of babies crying is among the five most annoying noises in the world, and I’m not exactly keen on hearing similar whining from adults. But I’m going to play devil’s advocate and defend Hope Solo, Gabby Douglas and all the “sore losers” at the Olympics.
The Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association has concluded its two-year, $1.2 million capital campaign to purchase a 6.3 acre property near Bellingham and make all but one of the upgrades it needs for full functionality. The property will allow the 25-year-old salmon restoration organization to do more and to do it more efficiently.
The clean water team at RE Sources for Sustainable Communities is engaging in several campaigns this summer to help protect Puget Sound waters, by drawing attention to sources of pollution – from dog poop to septic systems to manure – and what Whatcom County citizens can do to help stop them.
Whatcom County family farmers are have made gains in water efficiency, but are hindered by Washinton state’s “use it or lose it law.” The 1917 water code included a provision that water rights granted to a farmer could be withdrawn if the farmer did not demonstrate beneficial use of that water in a five year time period. Farmers are also concerned that they may be asked to absorb huge new regulatory costs by the state Department of Ecology’s new Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation permit.