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The Peninsula School District recently released results of our Thoughtexchange survey, which took place over the last several months. Thoughtexchange is like an online meeting, allowing community members, parents, teachers and staff to anonymously say anything they feel needs to be said.

Invitations to participate were sent to everyone who lives in the district. In total, 2,802 people participated and shared 6,554 comments, including both concerns about and praise for PSD.

Among the top concerns were overcrowded classrooms, the need to update facilities and technology, too much testing and students with behavioral problems.

The top kudos for PSD were for great teachers who care for our kids, the positive learning environment, and our communications and security upgrades.

PSD will use Thoughtexchange again within the next few months to solicit feedback from the community about our long-range facilities plan.

We are incredibly grateful for the level of participation and the thoughtfulness of the community’s responses. We particularly appreciate the concerns expressed, as this gives us a better understanding of where we need to improve.

To view the survey results, go to

Rob Manahan, Ph.D.



Peninsula School District

I am a member of the NRA, a member of the national organization APIII, a legal gun owner who practices regularly, a concealed pistol license holder and a strong advocate of the Second Amendment. I recently attended the gun rally at the state Capitol building Jan. 13 where several hundred armed citizens joined to send a very strong and clear message to Attorney General Bob Ferguson and the Legislature opposing his new gun legislation.

Firearms and our Second Amendment, whether one wants to admit it or not, have been and always will be the security that ensures our constitutional rights are extended to every U.S. citizen.

The proposed legislation is an attempt to infringe on our Second Amendment rights. It does not mention and would do nothing to address the unlawful possession of firearms by criminals, while requiring the legal owner of a semi-automatic handgun to obtain a yearly permit to own their “assault weapon” because it can hold more than 10 rounds in the magazine.

That's not sensible legislation and frankly I'm disgusted with politicians continually wasting our tax dollars and their time promoting worthless legislation that does nothing but turn upstanding citizens into potential felons.

I urge readers to contact their state representatives to voice opposition to senseless legislation such as this.


Eric Erdman