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Mike O’Brien will come after you for avoiding the ferry cost

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Just discovered Dori

Hi Dori, I’m a “newcomer” to your show and feel like I’ve discovered a voice of hope for Seattle. I read this quote by William F.H. Boetcker that I wanted to share if you get time to read it.

You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich. You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong. You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift. You cannot lift the wage earner up by pulling the wage payer down. You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred. You cannot build character and courage by taking away people’s initiative and independence. You cannot help people permanently by doing for them what they could and should be doing for themselves.

Too bad there aren’t many Seattle politicians who believe this to be true. Thanks for what you do! Love your show! Take care.

– Tim in Burien

Not all government is bad

Dear Dori, I have listened to your show regularly since the mid-1990s, and have always enjoyed and agreed with your opinion on not all but by far a majority of topics. However, yesterday you made an absolute comment that government does not care about people. I strongly disagree — and by saying this, you deflate any valid points you may make on this matter. Like any profession, there are good and bad people, elected or employed. In a time of divisive and biased news reporting and extreme intolerance over opposing views, these types of comment are part of the problem. Lumping all of government into this group is no different than saying all tax dollars are spent foolishly. I know many government employees and elected officials who do care about people, and to throw them under the bus with the group of politicians that have failed Seattle and our state is simply wrong. Why not highlight examples of government caring about people? Sincerely,

– Jim in Woodinville

King’s Schools controversy

Love King’s, but want the truth

Hey Dori, I love your show and listen almost every day. King’s School and many of its people are wonderful (all three of our kids went there). Parents can send their kids to whatever school they want, but King’s sent this mailer out last-minute, and it was too late for many parents. The head of King’s didn’t answer the question of whether the teachers can be okay in their private lives to side with LGBTQ students; he passed over your question — can a teacher in their private life believe it’s okay to be gay? King’s can believe what they want to, but to get rid of any staff that supported these kids and tell them in their private life they can’t love kids — that is wrong in my opinion, and now they have teachers who are driving vulnerable kids away from faith and to harming themselves in my opinion, and that is where my heart is. They say one thing, but are doing another, and my heart goes out to these kids. My son, who is gay, was loved and helped by a supportive teacher. That saved his life. She was the teacher of the year and she was forced out. Now gay kids have no one to help them. I love Jesus and love King’s, but am very concerned for what is happening there, and the message from the admin doesn’t jive with what they are doing. You rock — God bless you.

– Carmen in Seattle

From a former King’s teacher, King’s High School is amazing

Thank you for your piece on King’s High! The Seattle Times was not interested in hearing this side of the story. As a former teacher and alumna of King’s High School, I was extremely disheartened, though not surprised, by the mischaracterization of the school by the Seattle Times’ story. We live in an age of bifurcation. There is — to borrow a buzzword — zero tolerance for nuance. Never in my years as a student, staff member in the admissions office, or teacher did I witness anything close to discriminatory behavior, or any type of policy in word or practice that would harm LGBTQ+ students. In fact, the opposite was true. Teachers and counselors went out of their way to check in on marginalized students and find ways to make sure they felt safe and known. The choice to be open and affirming is a sensitive issue with real people involved. It was an issue that my colleagues and I discussed at length. That was the beauty of King’s — we shared common community and yet came from different faith backgrounds with different convictions. It was a place of respect for differing viewpoints, even as the organization itself had specific tenets it upheld. To call it a place run by bigots — as I saw in the comments section — is a farce. Thank you again for defending this amazing school!

– Claire in West Linn, Oregon

Conservatives also guilty of Groupthink 

I routinely get into political discussions with local conservatives. Some of these individuals are coworkers, some are acquaintances in the community. Almost every one of them will start yelling and cursing because I don’t agree with them on everyone of their talking points. So I, too, have experienced Groupthink, but where conservatives are concerned.

– Jim in Silverdale

Just like avoiding the tunnel, Mike O’Brien will get you for this

If I drive from Seattle to Whidbey Island via Deception Pass, do I have to still pay the ferry fare if am trying to avoid the waiting line?

– E. in Seattle

Olympia as bad as Seattle

I listen to your show and hear you discuss problems in Seattle. I live in Olympia, and it is the same — and possibly worse — than Seattle. This city permits the drug culture, and it is destroying us. I have started driving around our downtown when I have my 8-year-old son in the car. I do not want him thinking the current state is normal. If our politicians do not make drastic changes soon, we will be looking for a new place to live. I do not say this lightly, as I have lived here my entire 56 years. I love Washington, but between the drug culture and traffic, the love is fading fast. I have worked in government my entire career (federal, state and local), and you are largely spot-on about your observations of our current politicians. Keep up the good work on the radio! Kind regards,
– J. in Olympia

Tennis players say state discriminated against their religion

Hi Dori, I appreciated the story about the high school tennis players who chose to put God first. I appreciated the father’s approach to give guidance to his children along with the freedom for them to choose what to do. He understood that God doesn’t force us to follow him. Our First Amendment grew out of a recognition that forced worship is no worship at all. Thank you for sharing the story and helping to explain what the issues were.

– Clinton in Moses Lake

The struggles of a conservative teacher

You said it’s hard to be a conservative talk show host in Seattle. I totally get how you feel. I grew up on the Southeast Coast of the U.S. in a conservative area. My parents always voted Republican and were very faithful Christians. I feel very fortunate to have grown up with such wonderful, giving, and non-judgmental people. They taught me that we are all God’s people, and that helping the less fortunate was one of the noblest things a person could do; it was a gift, not a government-mandated policy. We always lived below our means. I got my first job when I was 17, and have worked almost my entire adult life after college. I have worked in public education for more than 25 years, 10 of those in the Seattle area. Liberal is definitely the way education goes — so much so that I don’t want anybody to know I’m not liberal. I worry about “outing” myself, even though I have nothing to be embarrassed about. The district instructs teachers about “inclusion,” but I really feel it’s inclusion for everyone who is liberal and not a Christian. If I gave an opinion that did not agree with the liberal viewpoint of the education department, I fear I would be not only shunned, but possibly pushed out. They are one-minded and do not welcome opinions that would be different than their extremely liberal views. There are many wonderful and competent educators and I know they all care about the students, but it has gone so far left politically.

– Beth in the Puget Sound

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