I was born in Washington D.C. January 26, 1947, and grew up in Arlington, VA. I first became politically aware early in the 4th grade when Hungary fought for independence from Russia, who invaded and brutalized "those poor hungry people". (What's a 9-year old supposed to think?) I was grateful to VP Nixon who had many of them air-lifted to freedom. I hated Communism ever since, but I always loved Eastern European music.
In 1960, I was for Nixon, but later found Kennedy quite intriguing. I grieved as did my classmates after he was assassinated. My 11th-grade history teacher talked so slowly that we got bored and disruptive. Two things I learned in that class were how to make a more aerodynamic paper airplane, and about Goldwater and his association with a "neo-Nazi" organization, the John Birch Society. (I am now a member, and it is no way NAZI, but pro-Constitution and American sovereignty.) She and the media made him out to be a war-monger and Johnson so benevolent in comparison. But the more I learned about Goldwater, the more practical and decisive he seemed compared to wishy-washy Johnson. Even as a dumb teenager who got C's in Social Studies, I knew that Johnson's War on Poverty was going to create MORE poverty. (Actually, it created more government dependence.) When welfare recipients get paid for each child, they will be motivated to have MORE children. Why didn't Congress know what an average teenager knew?
I graduated from Yorktown High School, June 1965, along with Emily Couric. (Most of us have heard of her famous(?) little sister Katie, now a newscaster.) Academically, Yorktown High rated the #2 public high school in the nation, at that time. (Hillary Clinton, who was also a Goldwater supporter, graduated the same month.)
The following September, my parents dropped me off At Radford “Ladies” College near Virginia Tech, and moved on to California near San Francisco. The following June, I joined my family in California. That summer we drove up to NW Washington to visit friends outside Arlington, WA, and I considered going to Western Washington University, but ended up going to SFSU to be close to home. (Hillary and I were exposed to socialist propaganda, but she bought it, I didn't. I never met her, but the closest I was to her was early 2008 while she campaigned here in Spokane.)
Radford College: I took General Ed courses, and played saxophone in the Highlanders marching band and viola in their small orchestra.
BM in Music Education from San Francisco State University: I jokingly call it San Francisco "Socialist" College, because it was a hotbed for communist propaganda. But music, business, and engineering majors were more conservative. Being a conservative at a campus of anti-Reagan, anti-Vietnam war protesters, then Third World Liberation Front rioters and student and faculty strikers, was far from boring. I was associated with SMART (Silent Majority Against Revolutionary Tactics). For crossing the picket line to attend my classes, I was called a “scab” (Students Committed Against Brainwashing, I called it). I made it to the Dean’s List one semester.
The summer after my Sophomore year, I joined a group of 12 girls, mostly in college, as a violist in a Mexico City nightclub orchestra accompanying a famous singing group, Los Hermanos Castros (not related to Fidel). We were on Mexican TV a couple times. Not only was it fun, but it paid well even by our standards for 1967
After graduating June, 1969, I flew to Europe for a Job-Tour. After the tour, I went to Basel, Switzerland to work, mostly with Spaniards, doing laundry or dishes. I spoke more Spanish there than in La Ciudad De Mexico. After the two month contract, I toured part of Europe and went as far as Greece which I found most fascinating. (You will be surprised how much Greek you already know.) I flew to Los Angeles from Amsterdam and applied at USC.
University of Southern California: I majored in Elementary Education because “there was no demand for music teachers”. For my first semester, I assisted in a class of slow learners around ages 7 and 8 and did a case study on one girl whom I thought belonged in a regular class. I also tried the non-phonics reading method on a boy. I doubt it worked. The following semester I tried student teaching in a “normal” 3rd grade class nearby, but it didn’t work out. Meanwhile, I was secretary for International Student Educators Association. After a year, I quit.
After some temporary work, I studied Computer Programming. After more temporary jobs including business programming, I decided to get qualified for scientific programming.
Los Angeles City College: I studied mostly Physics and Calculus and worked part-time until MDC hired me.
BA in Math-Computer Science from California State University Long Beach: I studied computer related Math and Engineering part-time while working at MDC.
Early 1978, I started working for McDonnell Douglas Corporation (MDC) as a Computer Programmer in CAD/CAM Applications for manufacturers. Two years later, we moved to Cypress in Orange County. I attended CSULB, part-time until I graduated May 1982. I joined the Sierra Club and bought a condo in Anaheim in 1983. I was transferred to MDC in Long Beach over a year later and enjoyed nearly six years there. I got a Teammate of Distinction Award for a group project. Later I received an Outstanding Performance Award for developing plot routines to add to the software used by the Department of Defense. Then in 1990, after U.S. “won the cold-war” many of us got down-sized.
You may click on resume for more details on my work experience.
Ever since I moved to California I knew I was eventually going to move to Washington. I thought this would be the time. I interviewed with Boeing, then “we already have enough here with your skills”. I sent resumes locally and to companies in Washington, but there was too much competition. Meanwhile President Bush Sr. said “There are not enough scientists and engineers here in America to fill the growing demand, so we must bring in scientists and engineers from Asia and Europe." Ha! No wonder he lasted only one term.
Summer 2003, I sold my condo for what I thought was a good price. It kept going up to I didn’t want to know. September 2005, my brother Alan and I went to Idaho to look for a nice affordable home. We saw a more affordable home here in Spokane for $92,000 and bought it. A place like that with a big back yard would go for at least five times as much in Anaheim.
The following January, I moved up here and arrived January 31, 2006. What really impressed me about Spokane was how friendly and helpful the people were. If people resent Californians, I didn’t notice. Here I feel freer to talk politics, about the illegal migration in Southern California, while residents here talk about the ones in Yakima, Adams County, etc.
After having the broken water pipes from the December freeze replaced and other fix-ups by Americans who enjoy their work, I decided to get involved. I registered to vote and applied for my WA Drivers License, which I received in only one week! (In California it could take 10 days to 10 weeks.)
I'm concerned about the californication of the state of Washington. In a way, I came from the "future". What California is today, so shall it be for the rest of the nation, the future I don't wish for this state or nation. We don't need the crowds, heavy traffic, fires, nor the gang activity they have there. I am glad to be here, not there.
Early 2008, as PCOs, we had to tell all the Republicans in our precincts where and when the Republican Caucus was being held. That was no easy task. I called those considered to be Republican or independent with a phone #, on a list that was so stale my name wasn't on it. I did the same for 3 adjacent vacant precincts (no Rep-PCOs). After several hang-ups, disconnected or wrong numbers, sometimes leaving messages, several nice conversations, and some "I'm now a staunch Democrat"s (thanks to Bush), at least one person I called showed up.
Republican PCOs are automatically eligible to be a delegate to the Spokane County Republican Convention. The one last year was the most exciting convention I ever attended. Two years earlier, you could count the number of delegates from the 3rd on two hands. This year, it was at least 60, maybe 80. 2006, I think I was the only delegate from the 3rd who went to the State, in Yakima. 2008, 19 of us were elected delegates, 19 alternates, with several to spare, for the Republican State Convention here in Spokane. The outcome of that convention was rather disturbing, but at least we can feel optimistic about the future of the Republican Party and the nation with the young, pro-Constitution, freedom-loving people, from all over the state and throughout the USA.
As an education volunteer Spring 2006, I helped older children at Regal Elementary School, mostly in writing, math, and music. Children had to write a paragraph explaining how they solved each math problem. Why? Isn’t it enough to simply show the steps? Late May, I tried to help a boy and girl in 5th-grade with this problem: “Without using the standard division algorithm, use the cluster method to solve: 187 / 13. What’s the cluster method? What is this, creative math? No it’s conceptual math. I have a degree in math and could not help them. The girl said, "My dad is good at math, but when I try to get him to help me, he looks at my homework and says, 'This is crap.'" Through this experience, I met some of the nicest children and some of their parents. One of the girls and her mother told me how "retarded" the WASL was. “Pick the best answer, but none of them is the right answer.” I recently asked a high school student, "If someone like my brother, a math genius who can solve problems in his head, took the WASL, got all the right answers without showing the work, would he pass the math portion of the WASL?" "No", she said. "They would think he's cheating."
I also volunteered for the Hillyard Festival the first weekend of August, for the Boys and Girls Club, and for the Bloomsday race 2008. I participated in it all 4 times since moving here. I'm a member of the Hillyard Neighborhood Council and the Hillyard Steering Committee.
As a conservationist and a former Sierra Club leader (I quit because of its politics), I recycle not only the papers, plastics, glass, and metals that are redeemable, but also those that are not. I also compost yard waste, egg shells, and vegetable and fruit waste. If it takes only 15 minutes to walk somewhere, why drive? If plastics come from oil, why aren't there more incentives to recycle all kinds of plastics?
Do our public schools teach this Truth to our children? If not, why not? Where in the Constitution does it give a woman the right to have her unborn baby killed? She has the right to choose sexual intercourse, and we all know it could lead to pregnancy. If it's forced on her, such as rape, there are ways to prevent pregnancy if done soon enough.
Abortions must not be government funded. In other words, taxpayers must not be FORCED to pay for abortions. Instead, let it be done as a choice, if at all. If that means making Planned Parenthood a privately-funded organization, let that be. After all, we are pro-choice, aren't we?
As a fiscal conservative and a voice for American Citizens, I would like to help make a positive difference for the children here in the Spokane schools. I like to learn more from children, parents, teachers, staff, and those in the community about our schools. I owe nothing to special interest groups, but to you, the voters and taxpayers, and especially the children.
Thank you for your vote.Some of my supporters include those who: