Snohomish County letters to the editor.

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Teacher’s dismissal

Praise for Powers

Editor, The Times:

I had the honor of being taught by Kay Powers at Cascade High School [“Fellow educators angry over teacher’s dismissal,” The Times of Snohomish County, Nov. 21].

I was taught in her classroom in a manner I hope my children will be some day. I learned to listen to and respect opinions that oppose my own. I learned to evaluate information beyond its face value. Most importantly, I learned how to learn.

Kay deserves to be held up as an example of how teachers can change students’ lives for the better. She is a warm, brilliant and ultimately caring teacher who serves her students with a most inspiring character.

If the Everett School District continues its attempt to end her career, it would cheapen the educational opportunities for all its students.

I implore the Everett School District to reconsider this grossly inappropriate action.

— Justin Graden, Seattle, Cascade Class of 1999

Pay the consequences

If you don’t like the rules, work to change them. In the meantime, abide by them or pay the consequences.

What this teacher allegedly did is defy “express directives” not to help “students publish an underground newspaper and magazine on school time and with school resources.” She also “knowingly permitted students to work on the publications at school, allowed them to skip classes and gave rides to students without permission of their parents” and “continued to communicate with students and other teachers after she was placed on administrative leave in June, another violation of district orders.”

Sounds like she did what she darn well pleased, despite direct orders not to, and then couldn’t understand why she was fired. I don’t agree with her methods. What she has done is violate the trust of her employer and possibly the parents of her students.

— M.A. Averett, Austin, Texas

Ferries shelved

Politics at play?

I sometimes wonder if Washington politics are not involved in the latest ferry disaster from last Thanksgiving weekend? Call it what you will, but several events came into play after voters soundly rejected Proposition 1.

The Steel Electrics are pulled from service at a most critical time of the year, during a holiday when the state knows transportation is critical, and the calm weather was not a factor.

Olympia itself is sending a message to all voters that denial of services for basic transportation, including ferry service, is an option that state government is not afraid to use or, in this case, abuse.

— Bobby Hughes, Mukilteo