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Shaker culture survey should not be filtered through SAU office

To The Daily Sun,

Dear Shaker Regional School Board members:

I was happy to see the notice about a special meeting being held with regards to the Culture Survey requested by the community at our most recent school district meeting. I am pleased that the school board is taking action on this right away.

I would like to ask you to please consider the following while you are looking at options for this process:

— Use a third-party vendor.
— Ensure anonymity of respondents to obtain the best data results.
— Include all past employees who have left the district within the last 2-3 years.
— Create a small survey committee, as recommended, that would include staff members, parents, community members and school board members. As requested, please include Roy Roberts as one of these committee members. This committee should help with decisions about the vendor being used, the data to be obtained through the survey, review and analyze the response data when received, and potentially make recommendations to the school board for future actions.
— Include parent, student and community member surveys.
— This culture survey process should not be filtered through the SAU office. All communications with regards to the vendor, survey questions, data, etc. should be communicated with the survey overview committee/school board directly
— Plan and publicize a meeting when the survey data and analysis will be made available to the public and what action the school board may take with regards to the data obtained

I hope that this process will help to create the transparency that community members are striving for, and that we can help to rebuild the trust and confidence that has always been a huge cornerstone of the Shaker Regional School District.

Thank you for your consideration.

Colleen Akerman

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Democrats don't believe women are victims of their gender

To The Daily Sun,
I'm so pleased that my latest letter "amused" Mr. Ewing with all my "false assertions". If I may, I'd like to discuss a few of Mr. Ewing's assertions.
He states that: "We (the Tea Party) believe that our federal government today is bought (with political support) by special interest groups which have no concern for most Americans, or for the security and prosperity of our nation." This is a bit odd, given the fact that the Tea Party was founded and funded by the Koch brothers. They have pledged to spend just shy of a billion dollars on the 2016 elections. Rupert Murdoch is also a huge contributor. Frank Rich of the New York Times wrote a great article — "The Billionaires Bankrolling the Tea Party." He states: "Their (the Koch brothers) program opposes a federal deficit, but has no objection to running up trillions in red ink in tax cuts to corporations and the super rich; opposes the extension of unemployment benefits; and calls for a freeze on federal regulations in an era when abuses in the oil, financial, mining, pharmaceutical ... industries ... have been outrageous. The Koch brothers must be laughing all the way to the bank knowing that working Americans are aiding and abetting their selfish interests."

Mr. Ewing also states that Ted Cruz's shutting down the government, "is ridiculous since only the president has the power to shut down the government". Now the Republican House has tried to repeal the Affordable Care act over 50 times. They just simply don't have the votes to override a presidential veto. In 2013, led by Senator Cruz, the House attached an amendment to defund Obamacare to the federal budget (sound familiar?) I actually think that the Affordable Care Act needs some tweaking. You cannot, however, simply discard health care for millions of Americans. Nothing was in place to replace this coverage. Ted Cruz gave a nifty 21 hour speech during which he read "Green Eggs and Ham". We had a 16 day shutdown, which cost the government $24 billion.

Mr. Ewing then quotes Rev. Huckabee's "actual words". Not exactly. He neglected to quote the beginning of the statement. The reverend states, "I think it's time for Republicans to no longer accept listening to Democrats talk about a war on women. Because the fact is, the Republicans don't have a war on women. They have a war FOR women. For them to be empowered, to be something other than victims of their gender." Really? Actually it was the Democrats that that passed the Lilly Ledbetter Act. It was the Democrats that passed the Federal Medical Leave Act. This entitles eligible employees to a 12 week unpaid, job-protected leave with a continuation of group health coverage. It includes the birth of a child or the adoption of a child among other specific situations. The Democrats also support raising the minimum wage. They also are strong advocates of women controlling their medical choices. Democrats don't believe that women are victims of their gender. Rev. Huckabee's statements are disgusting and completely untrue.

June M. Huot

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