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Page Two, Monitor, Monroe, WA Feb. 27 1975 PUBLISHED EVERY THURSDAY Entered as Second Class Matter at the Post Office at Monroe, Washington, under the Act of March 3, 1898. MEMBER L AaaocMtion - Foundod 1885 SUBSCRIPTION RATES Monroe, Skykomtsh and Snoqualmte Valleys, per year $6.00. Outside Monroe, Skykomlsh and Snoqualmle Valleys $7.00. Official Newspaper of the City of Monroe and Town of Skykomlsh. Address all mall to Post Office Box No. 399, Monroe, Washington 98272. Editor & Publisher .......... Howard Voland Office Manager .......... Althea Hendrickson Advertising ............... Mike Purcell News Editor .............. Dick Baldwin Comment... If the people who designed Washington State's system for unemployment compensation were to design a device for carrying water from point A to point B, they would probably take a bucket and punch several large holes in the bottom. Washington's unemployment compensation system and a perforated bucket are equally effective devices. The basic purpose of unemployment compensation is to provide persons who have become temporarily unem- ployed through no fault of their own with a partial re- placement of their income for a limited period of time while they are actively seeking reemployment. The busi- ness community supports this concept, but our present unemployment compensation system is barely reminis- cent of these sensible objectives. Organized labor's "solution" to unemployment compensation problems has always been to increase benefits and broaden the circumstances under which these benefits are awarded, which is like fixing that leak- ing bucket by punching more and larger holes in it-and calling for more water. Here are a couple of examples of ways in which money (paid entirely by employers) is paid out in unem- ployment compensation. A sales clerk in a Spokane store pocketed money from a sale and failed to write a sales slip. He was appre- hended by a private investigator, signed a confession and also confessed in writing to former dishonesty. He was fired. After 10 weeks this former sales clerk was qualified under existing Washington State unemployment compen- sation laws to draw full benefits. In effect, the employer in this case was paying a hefty penalty for firing the man who had been robbing him. A truck driver had been late for work three times without a valid reason, usually because he had overslept. He was told that another instance of unexcused late- ness would cost him his job. When he awoke late another morning, he filed an unemployment compensation claim instead of reporting for work or phoning in. The local unemployment compensation office held that quitting to avoid a discharge was "good cause" and authorized benefits be paid. There are many, many more stories like the above, but these two are fairly representative of Washington's un- employment compensation system at work. It should not surprise the reader to know that our present system does not work and that the state has had to borrow more than $44 million from the federal govern- ment to keep it going - money that must be paid back. The Legislature is now in session. Legislation has been introduced which could correct some of the in- equities in our present UC system. Now is the time to tell your legislators that Washington needs an unemployment compensation system that holds water. Two can ride cheaper than one. Style 821 h J I refer to your article in the Monroe Moni- tor entitled "Woody Explodes School Myths." Senator, I read that article hoping to discover a Senator who really understood the practical- Itles of school financing. Instead, I found an array of polltical double talkwhich appears to be part of a "basic education" of all too many of our Legislators. The point of your article appeared to be that the State Legislators were doing a better Job of financing the public schools. In spite of all your cross-referenced percentages the facts do not bear out your thesis. Why did you not ex- plain that most Federal and many State funds are categorical and can only be used for predeter- mined projects -- most of which have little to do with what you term "basic education?" Nevertheless, these earmarked funds balloon the local district budget size, but contribute little to the K-12 program. If earmarked Fed- eral funds alone were deleted from the school budget you would discover that our Legislators have not done the job you imply they have. It amazes me that people in high office dev- elop such tunnel vtsionl Costs are escalating all around us and yet schools are supposed to be immune from this. Senator, I am a taxpayer, and a parent. Will you tell me what you think "basic education" is for our day? Wlll you tell me specifically what administrative position should be cut at the State level and the local level? Will you tell me what you have done to balance the tax load so that an unfair share of school financing does not fall on property taxpayers? Senator, you have some homework to do. Perhaps your "basic education" will help you to do it. Sincerely, F. Donald Walker Monroe, Washington Services were held Monday for Roscoe Hardtsty at the Church of Jesus Christ of Lat- ter-day Saints in Mon- roe under the direction of Purdy and Kerr Chap- el. Mr. Hardisty, 81, WoodinvUle, died Feb- ruary 21 in a Seattle hospital. He was horn December 31, 1893 in Missouri and had been a resident of the Woodinville area since 1959. He leaves a daughter, Irene Fithen, Woodin- ville; a son, William, A., Seattle; four sis- ters, Mrs. Ethel Ray and Mrs. Roxy Wright both of Bloomfield, Indiana, Maudte Deischler, Terre Haute, Indiana, Marie Kelley, Bloom- ington, Indiana; broth- er, Ray Hardisty, Stan- ford, Indiana; six grand- children and four great- grandchildren. ervice Snohomtsh County PUD has implemented a new 1893 in Home Lake, Min- program to help assure the wise and efficient nesota and had been a use of energy in the home. A call to the PUD resident of Everett for a Watt Watcher will being an energy el- since 1964. He was a ftciency expert who will conduct a free inspec- retired carpenter. tion of the home. He leaves his wife, Following a detailed checklist, the Watt Watch- Zela at home; one step- er notes areas of energy use that could be ira- daughter Mrs. Leona proved and leaves the list of efficiency tips with Trombley, Monroe; two the consumer, step-sons, Dan Jones, While this latest free service from the PUD ,Monroe and Roland is electricity oriented because of the large num- Jones, Bremerton and her of total electric homes in Snohomish Coun- one sister, Mrs. Elmo ty, the wise use tips apply to help make the most Bottofson, North Dak- efficient use of any form of energy. The PUD ota. Watt Watchers can help people save money and all energies used for space heating, water heat- trig and cooking. The Watt Watcher program is an extension of the very popular R-19-ers Attic Insulation Inspection Program which started last summer. Each helps save all forms of energy. The new program is a much more involved inspection of the entire home. And the PUD Watt Watchers are energy efficiency advisors of considerable expertise and experience. Although the Watt Watcher's inspection doesn't get into cost/benefit analysis oftheR-19-ers program, it does include an attic inspection in the insulation portion of a much more extensive investigation procedure. The energy efficiency ideas that are in the Watt Watchers checklist have all been a part of the utility's wise and efficient energy use informa- tion durIng the past two years. Now it is all together in a single document. LA-Z-BOY RECLINA- ROCKER" from 95 Other La-Z-B0y M0delsPriced as 10w WILD W ATHER, accompanied by blustering winds, caused numerous power failures last Thursday night and Friday morn- ingo This hemlock, toppled in the early evening, gave Sylvia I_onganecker, a Monroe school teacher, a start when it crash- ed into her carport and into the roof of her ranch-style home located on the Old Sultan Highway midway between Monroe and Sultan. 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He will leave you with a check-list of wise and efficient use Ideas to help you watch your watts and save money and energy in your home. Get your free check-up from our Watt Watchers. Then follow their sugges- tions and watch what you save. Your PUD wants to help you with the wise and efficient use of your electricity.