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Page 2 May 24.2001 Quad City. Herald The following articles are not necessarily the views of the Quad City Herald or its employees. BURNING ISSUES BY ADI FERGUSON What state employees have to complain about when it comes to pay checks l don't know, considering that a secretary-receptionist in Gov. Gary Locke's office makes more than Gov. AI Rosellini did back when he served from 1957 to 1965 Rosellini got $1,875 a month. The Locke secretary- receptionist gets $1,900. Rosy also made do with only nine staffers while Locke has at least 80. I say at least because former governors used to hide some of them out in other offices to avoid criticism for having a big staff and I have no doubt Locke has done the .same. The fact that he only lists four secretary types under Office of the Governor in the 2001 personnel Detail book arouses my suspicions. The staff back in Rosellini's day consisted of him, an administrative assistant at $1,250 a month, legal assistant, $715; a press assistant, $800; a personal secretary and a secretary-receptionist, $564 each;two secretaries and an accountant clerk, $407 each, and a clerk-receptionist, $373. Dan Evans took over in 1965 and got his staff up to 13 by the start of his second term, and to 38 for his third term with another 38 hid Out in the Office of Ecor omic Opportuni- ties. Evans' monthly pay was $2,708. In the second term, he paid his administrative assistant $1,500; legal assistant, $1,125; a press secretary, staff assistant and executive assistant, $800 each, and five secretaries, receptionists and clerks, from $328 to $527. At the start of his third term, in 1973, he was paying his whereby they identify the 30 poorest schools, set goals and if there's no improvement in three years, they throw money at them for two years, after which, if there's still no improvement, they fire people, change curriculum and withhold funding. The Senate leaves it up to school boards for seven years, then the state steps in if there's still a problem. Throwing money at the problem is whatthey've been doing and it's not working, and seven years seems like a long time to wait to check results, which should be not just the status of the student's learning, but the adequacy of the instructors. What would you do? I asked my longtime friend, Keith Birkenfeld, who was with the Bellevue school district for 20 years, from 1960 to 1980, the first ten years as a government and world affairs teacher for seniors, then as an administrator. "First of all," he said, "you begin with the premise that the students are not there because they want to learn. They're in a required course because they have to be. I sympathize with the kids. I was one. You sit through five or six classes a day, and I thought what is the least I can do, with the least amount of homework, in order to get a credit and a good grade and get out of here without having to do any more than I have to do. It's an uphill battle getting a kid interested in the topic." "Kemper Freeman Sr one of the five founders of the administrative assistant, $2, 360. He had two legal assis- Bellevue school board, made an interesting comment years tants at $1,845 and $1,587, two press assistants at $1,587 ago. He said,' You put a teacher under a tree with agroup and $659. He now had an executive assistant at $1,587 and of kids around and if he or she is a good teacher, you get a staff assistant at $1,244. Three special assistants got $1,416 and two office managers, $909 and $824. Evans' successor, Dixy Lee Ray, had a staff of 32. Her highest paid staffer was her executive assistant Paul Bender at $3,958 a month. Her "counselor," Louis Guzzo, no lawyer but an advisor, was paid $3,377. Her legal counsel Jerry Hanna, got $2,918. The press folks got about $2,000, the .chief clerical staff just over $1,000 and secretaries, etc just under that. Gov. John Spellman, 1981-85, had a staffof42. I'll never forget the gleam in the eye of his successor, Booth Gardner, when I asked him if he planned to have that many. "Did he have 42? "he asked, snapping to attention. "We couldn't identify that many." It wasn't long before there were 42 on Gardner's staff and a bunch more hid out in the Office of Financial Management. Gardner, who ran for the governor's office with the slogan, "He's never had a press agent and never needed one," had seven press people, the top guy making $4,406 a month. Gov. Mike Lowry bad a staff of 43. So along comes Gary Locke, who has never been shy about making use of the public's wherewithal. Would you believe the salary for his chief of staff, a position compa- rable to the old administrative assistant, is $10,546 a month, which is almost what the governor makes, $11,330? He also has an administrator, $6,039. He has four ombuds- men employees who listen to and try to resolve constituent complaints about government, one specializing in family/ child affairs. They get from $4,291 to $4,828. Gov. Locke has his own wetlands habitat specialist, Doug Myers, who receives $4,172 a month; a science coordinator, Scott Redman, $4,707; a policy director, John Dohrmann, $6,066, His communications director, Dana Silberstein, makes $8,000 a month and 8h has two depu- ties who get $5,322 and $4,708.I don',t know what he's got over in OFM, but he has a sicw of itecutive assistants, liaisons, analysts, etc. It's odd, with all these people to advise him that Locke is criticized so often by public, press and politicians for lack of leadership AI Rosellini never had any problem making decisions. Maybe if Locke cut back to nine staffers, he'd be sufficiently on his own that he'd get the hang of it. OK, so lawmakers in Olympia agree something needs to be done about poorly performing schools, but agreeing what to do is proving to be tough. The House has a plan fabulous results. You put a teacher in a brand- new, multimillion dollar school and, regardless of the class load, if he is not a good teacher, you get corresponding educa- tion.'" Birkenfeld had every student in his class read aloud at the beginning of school so he could spot the poor readers and get them lined up with reading specialists. "And these were seniors. I also had my kids deliver their term papers as oral reports. That does away with plagiarism and, secondly, I told them, you can write to your mayor, but by the time he reads it, the new highway might be through your living room. You have to develop the ability to stand up and say it." At one time, his job included supervising cadet teachers, Birkenfeld said, "and I went out to other schools and found so much time spent on doing what I call the school secretary's work, like taking lunch counts. In many of the schools, teachers spent a whole hour trying to get the class under control. Discipline will always be a problem. But one day I was talking to Chris Bayley, when he was prosecuting attorney, and I said,'Chris, we've got to kick these kids out of school so the other kids can learn. They are the crux of the problem.' Chris said, 'Whatever you do, don't kick them out of school. When you've given up and kicked them out, once they hit the streets, there is no way to help them. If they stay in school, even if they are a disaster, there is a chance of help.' For the educator, this is the tragedy of today's education. The ones you need most to reach are the ones who are there ruining it for anyone else." "Teachers have two major jobs," Birkenfeld said, "in loco parentis (the teacher as surrogate parent) and teacher as exemplar (the teacher as a role model), Always have the kids know you teachiag people, no :subjects. The teacher has to makt the parent know thafthe parent is part of the educational!{brocess. That education for that child only succeeds to ihe extent you have the parents' coopera- tion and trust. There's a saying, a good teacher affects eternity. Everybody knows who the good teachers are and who's just there for the paycheck. Kids know, the parents know, the other teachers know. A good teacher doesn't teach anything, she only creates within the child the desire to learn, and the reward is seeing the sparkle, the excite- ment when it's accomplished." (Adele Ferguson can bereachedat P.O. Box 69, Hansville, Wa 98340.) A Memorial Day message: II By Don C. Brunch President Association of Washington Business In the 1950s, the 26-mile stretch of highway between Butte and Ana- conda was a narrow two-lane cement road with narrow shoulders. To Mon- tana drivers it was known as a"killer highway" -especially on holidays calculating the economic costs of "windshield time" we shouldremem- bet that bad highways kill more than time. They kill people. It's something to think about this Memorial Day. These days the problem isn't nar- row two lane roads, it's congestion. Drivers, frustrated by endless traffic like Memorial Day. White crosses jams and delays, get angry and take dotted the sides of the road marking the spots where people had died in auto accidents. At the time, we lived on a hill overlooking Butte and much of the old highway. On Memorial 'Day weekends, my brother and I would chances. Light turning red? Gun it and get through the intersection. Slow moving truck in your way? Ignore the no-passing zone, floor it and get around him. Everyone agrees that we need to do something to ease highway conges' watch at night as car and truck head- tion in our state, but few can agree on lights snaked through the valley. When the lights stopped moving, we'd wonder how long it would take for the flashing red lights of ambu- lances and the State Patrol to start creeping along the road to the scene of the accident. Far too many of the visitors who came to spend Memorial Day wgek- end in our part of the country never made it home. They died on the old highway because it was narrow and dangerous, and because emergency crews couldn't get accident victims to the hospital in time. In fact, the newspapers used to keep a running total of the people killed in highway accidents each year. Fast forward forty-plus years to the Puget Sound region. Interstates 5 and 90 are jammed, but not just on holi- days. These traffic jams last all year long. Washington drivers spend an extra 53 hours each year sitting in traffic, trying to get to work, run errands or get away for the weekend. But while we spend a lot of time Poppy girl Cont' d from page 2 both as a fundraiser for veterans as well as a way to remember the sol- ders who had sacrificed their lives. Other wars have come and gone, and other soldiers and civilians have died, and the poppy has come to be re- garded as a remembrance of them all. 0ney the poppy s.alejs used to support disabled veterans li. iJi J; DRIVE CAREFUL THIS MEMORIAL DAY what that solution should be. Some l legislators, sensitive to voters' pock,: etbook concerns, are reluctant to ap- i prove tax increases. But state law-' makers need to be honest with ihe voters and acknowledge that there is no easy way out of this mess. Any solution we come up with wi!! expensive, disruptive and unpopular with someone. Despite the inevitable political fallout, lawmakers need tc pass and fund a comprehensive trans- portation program before they leave Olympia for the summer. Too often, we mark Memorial Da) weekend by the number of lives losl on our highways. If the state legisla. ture agrees on a transportation plan'S' the next couple of weeks, perhaps will remember this Memorial D'a3' for the lives that we saved. Quad City Herald Established 1901 Ike Vallance Editor & Publisher Doris Vallance Office Manager Win. E. Vallance Associate Editor Rhonda Taylor Subscriptiom John Cleveland II Sports Cheryl Schweizer Staff Writer Michele Humborg Ad I) sigtf Fred Hanke Printer i I Published every week on Thursday at Brewster, Washington. Entered as periodocals matter at the Post Office, Box 37 in Brewste.r, Okmtogan County, Wash- ington 98812. Telephone (509) 689-250Z I Periodicals p0. stage paid at Brewster, Wash- I |ittgton USPS 2,11-920. Postmast~, please [ ~J~nd change of address to Quad City Her: aid, Box 37, Bmwster, Washington 98812. IYEAR SUBSCRIPTION Okanogm $20.00 Washington State $24.00 Out of State $29.00 Out of Country $35.00 Single Issue .50 Subscriptions must be paid in advance. Notice of Church entertainments where an admission fee is eharse, cards or thanks, resoluntlon of condolence or noUees Intended to promote private business of any kind must be paid for at regular rates. Firm the Pages of the Past May 27, 1921 Brewster School notes - Monday night Miss Brown and the seniors left town and returned after night fall on Tuesday. They spent the night at Soap Lake. A real camping trip. All returned bearing rosy complexions and smiling faces. NOTICE I have been requested to enforce ordinance No. 23 regarding the running animals at large in the town. Notice is hereby given that all horses and cattle running at large in Town of Brewster, Washington will be taken up as per ordinance, also that there is a penalty placed on the person owning said stock. Signed, W. L. Gillespie, Mayor. On Thursday's afternoon of this week the members of the Civic League were hostesses to ladies of: the town and members of the Civic Leagues of Pateros and Monse. Mr. Matt Bray purchased the gas and oil station from R. L. Dale who but recently started it. May 22, 1931 Superintendent O.T. Peterson has been reelected to that office, hc will also teach social civics and math- ematics in the Brewster school. Other faculty members are: Mrs. Maedora Helm has been reengage for the Paradise Hill School. Miss Curry, Mrs. Laura Utzinger, Miss Opal Hadley, Mr. Maurice Belcher, Mrs. Kate Mattson, Miss Laurence, Miss Sandall and Miss Bernice Humphrey. Mr. and Mrs. H.H. Lamberton and Children Raymond and Ivamae motored to Grainger, Thursday to attend the commencement exercise of the Yakima Valley Academy where their two daughters Anabelle and Henrietta will graduate. Harry McCartney has recently leased the Alta Lake Pavilion from Oscar Miller, Pateros. The opening dance will be given May 30. This week Mr. McCartney and Ralph Lawless installed the lighting plant in the pavilion. May 30, 1941 The honor roll at Pateros high school for the last six-week period contained 14 names, which is more than double the list for the preced- ing period. Mary Pike, Helen Carpenter, Violet Nicholson, Betty Jean Jessup, Peggy Malott, Naoma McKown, Gloria Orvis, Edna Wright, Chistina Jessup, Barbara Fish, Kathleen Pryor, Virginia Cooper, Rosalie Wheeler and Isabel Monk. Bridgeport 8'h grade class members receiving diplomas were: Bruce Monroe, Tex Troutman, Donald and Arnold Davidson, Roberta Monroe, Joanne Miller, Betty and Ella Brooks, Marianna Proff and Nita Belle Lilly. Scott Hull will leave in about two weeks for the coast where he plans to enlist. Mr. Hull was recently named mail carrier for the rural route out of Brewster. While he is in the service it is understood Mr. Evans will be substitute carrier. Robert Gamble and Vic Holt made a trip to Spokane Tuesday for Gamble Lumber Company. Tom Stephens and Lee Nickell attended the intercollegiate track meet at Ellensburg last Saturday. ; May 24, 1951 New officers for the Brewster Business and Professional Women's Club are: Irene Sampson, president; Rose Marie Brookhart, fLrst vice president; Margaret Milner, second vice president; Alice Grover, recording secretary; Pauline Murray, corresponding secretary and Gertrude Cramer, treasurer. Mr. and Mrs. Howard Gamble are parents of a baby girl born May 23 at McKinley Memorial hospital. A Crosley car driven by Ronnie Morris was considerably damaged last Thursday night on Bridgeport Bar. Lloyd Fries was with Ronnie at the time of the accident but the boys only suffered scratches and bruises. An election was held Saturday at the schoolhouse for new council- men from Monse district. On the board were Anna Farley, Jessie Jim and Agnes Palmanteer. Cub Crossland made a trip to the coast over the weekend, driving a truck for the Mumma brothers of Brewster. May 25, 1961 Denise Michel, Brewster Ameri- can Legion Auxiliary Poppy Girl, presents the first poppy of the 1961 campaign to A.L. Lowry, Brewster Mayor. Fran Hanford, 17 year old Junior of the Bridgeport High School has been selected by the American Legion Post #218 to represent his home community at Boys State. The Mansfield student body elected their officers for next year as follows: president, Jerry Gallaber; vice president, Steve Holcomb; secretary, Sonyo Diksen; treasurer, Betty Snell and sgt-at- arms, Donny Matthiesen. DOn Barrows will graduated from Gonzaza University on Sunday, May 28. He receives a B.A. in Education. According to Mrs. Gar Allen, Bridgeport Librarian, Mr. and Mrs. Buzz McAroy donated a large box of books to the library this week. May 27, 1971 Bridgeport athletic award winners are: Don Nelson best blocker and tackler; Fred Polland, Cont' d on page 11 The Desk Behind the Editor By Doris Vallance Surprise, we were actually driving down the road at the time we set for departure. Trailer loaded with our finery, hot coffee in our mugs, seat belts fastened, we were on our way. We had to arrive in Pasco, or were we in Richland, in a trailer park. In time for Ike to be picked up by grandson for a game of golf. Craig, the groom, Craig's brother in-law, Matt, the grandson, includedlke, the grandpa, in' their round of golf before wedding re- hearsal time. Son John from Seattle, came for me and we joined Cathy, the mother of the bride, An- gela, the bride and Dana, the wedding coor- dinator, in decorating the banquet room for the. wedding reception. Having finished this, except for big bouquets of balloons, which John would blow up and place in the morn- ing, we, John and l were sent off to purchase a few needed items. The directions were lousy and we got lost~ We recovered our ways and ended up at the outlet stores, which was across the street from our RV Park. In loading the trailer I only had a part of a loaf of bread, thinking to myself, we won't be eating there anyway; part loaf will be just fine. Wrong, as each group of us got back to the trailer we were starved, we made half sandwiches, soon itwas all gone, chips, crackers, all gone. Hunger lingered with us, but it was time to go for the rehearsal at the church. This finished it was off to the rehearsal din- ner -food/ James and Corie from Spokane were now with us, and R ev. Msgr. Pedro Ramirez-A lejos, the officiant, former Sacred Heart pastor joined our table. The food was delicious, the company was excellent - what fun we had/ Hurry up get to the church on time, 9 a.m. for pictures, we were late. The moment arrived for the service to be- gin. The bride was radiant coming down the aisle by herself, to meet the groom midway, the two coming on to the altar for mass and the exchange of marriage vows. The service was beautiful! A sit down dinner, live music for dancing, the reception was a fun afternoon. And now daughter Helen, Lee, granddaughter Gini, great granddaughter Deirdra all of Longview and granddaughter Amie and great grand- son Dawson from Vancouver had joined the family group. Bill, Tonya, Kevin and Kendra arrivedlater, after attending ballgames all day in Moses Lake. Jay and Cathy hostedSunday morning breakfast for all of us, delicious, we toured Jay's hobby - a bird farm - he raises pheasants. We got to hold just hatched; baby birds in our hand. We got to see exotic, gold, black StrOked birds. Most interesting.