Social Services

Something interesting has been going on at the corner of Roxbury and 15th in White Center lately, and I'm not talking about the toilet paper price war raging between local drugstore giants.

For the last several months a small group of local folks has been gathering every Wednesday afternoon at 3 o'clock at this busy intersection to peacefully protest the Iraq war.

09/19/2006

Thanks to Ralph Nichols for a very accurate picture of our illegal immigration problem. If our legislators ignore the problem, Washington will follow California with a bankrupt medical system, exorbitant social service debt, etc.

Hard-working citizens are paying dearly for an unearned and undeserved (welfare) lifestyle for illegal immigrants. Property taxes are skyrocketing and forcing many elderly out of their homes, without a decent and safe retirement alternative.

Our sleepy bedroom communities, once neat and well-maintained, have become ill-kept and deteriorating.

08/22/2006

Several years ago, I was part of a team leading a retreat for Lutheran pastors in northwestern Washington on the theme of the church's mission to work for social justice. We asked each minister to review his or her family history going back two generations and specifically to examine their experience of work. All of them recalled a past of being hard-working, faith-filled and family-oriented.

05/10/2006

“I absolutely and entirely renounce ... all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state or sovereignty, of whom or which I have heretofore been a subject or citizen....”

Naturalization Oath of Allegiance

to the United States of America

A band of Highline students displayed their national allegiance during a march last week protesting U.S.

04/12/2006

During my women's rights activism in the '70s I read that earthshaking volume The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan.

Never before had so many women realized that the voices in their heads, lodged there by years of conditioning to live as helpmates and supporters of the men who run the world, were not telling it like it really was. I was one who experienced the "click" of realization that I could be anything I wanted to be.

Now Friedan is gone, leaving behind a heritage of women's rights expectations ignited in every woman who was forever changed by her message.

03/15/2006

I am writing in response to the op-ed column by Karen Veloria and Doris Tevaseu in the Dec. 7 Times/News. They made some statements that need clarification and qualification.

They are both on the Highline Unincorporated Council, but let’s get some facts straight:

Karen Veloria says that more time is needed to reach the residents of the North Highline area for the study of annexation. She has been a member of the Highline Council since May.

12/20/2005

While the North Highline Unincorporated Area Council was recommending joining Burien, and the Burien Planning Commission was saying no, attendees at a community forum on annexation expressed interest in joining Seattle.

The Dec.

12/13/2005

I am writing in response to the Op-Ed article written by Karen Veloria and Doris Tevaseu in the Dec. 7 West Seattle Herald (and) White Center News.

These two ladies have made some statements that need some clarification and qualification. They are both on the Highline Unincorporated Area Council, but let's get some of the facts straight.

Karen Veloria says that more time is needed to reach the residents of the North Highline area for the study of annexation. She has been a member of the Highline Council since May 2005.

12/13/2005

The North Highline Unincorporated Area Council decided last week to formally recommend that voters approve annexation to Burien -- two days after the Burien Planning Commission yanked away the welcome mat.

Nine members of the North Highline Council voted to recommend a municipal marriage with Burien. Two other council members voted against Burien and one abstained.

When a city annexes another community, first it designates the community as a "potential annexation area." However the Burien Planning Commission voted 6-1 on Nov.

12/06/2005
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A chilly Christmas shopper hurries through Olde Burien as snow flurries start falling last week. Photo by Amber Trillo

While the North Highline Unincorporated Area Council was recommending joining Burien, and the Burien Planning Commission was saying no, attendees of a community forum on annexation expressed interest in joining Seattle.

Saturday's forum at Mount View Elementary School brought out more of North Highline's ethnic minorities than previous public meetings about future governance of White Center and Boulevard Park. Half of the approximately 120 attendees said they would prefer being annexed by Seattle.

The forum on annexation was sponsored by a group called Trusted Advocates.

12/06/2005
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