Thursday, December 6, 2012

Points to Ponder: Finnish ed system

Whodda thunk it?  When you put kids ahead of corporate-driven testing regimes, they do well!

Stop "Bridgasaurus Boondogglus" petition building up steam!

We're building up steam, but we still need you and all your friends to sign a petition to tell the SKATS agencies to stand up to that most dangerous creature, Bridgasaurus Boondogglus, a fossil unearthed from the 1950s Highway Planning, fossil-fuel wasting mindset.

We need many signatures to tell SKATS to keep Bridgasaurus from putting an $800+ million stomp on the Highland, Grant, and West Salem neighborhoods and from destroying Wallace Marine Park ... not to mention eating up precious resources from everyone in Salem. 

The Chamber of Commerce and the Homebuilders are working day and night to push this monstrosity.  They have paid folks twisting arms in local governments.  We have the facts, logic, reason and common sense on our side, and people power.  But we only have that power if people stand up and say that we're not interested in blowing hundreds of millions on a gigantic time-warp highway dinosaur.

If you want to see how absurd this project is, look at the "funding" options game --

The projected local damage for this thing -- $30,000,000 a YEAR for 30 years -- is the exact amount that Salem-Keizer schools is projected to fall short next year (after already laying off hundreds, including every middle and elementary school librarian).  And that's with the West Salem library hours cut to 16 a week.  And NO transit service on weekends at all, in Oregon's capital city.

We've reached some signers already. But if we are going to have an impact, it's critical that more people sign our petition to Salem Keizer Area Transportation Study agencies.

Our petition is here --
please sign and spread it around:
Can you please forward that link to five of your friends right now -- or to everyone in your address book who will be hammered by this thing?  With your help, we can reach our goal! 

P.S.  If you want to stay involved in the battle against Bridgasaurus, you can get on the No3rdBridge mailing list -- go here and request an invitation to join the list: