Year in Review: Memorable quotes

Social media provides a conversation platform for our readers.

In 2016, you spoke. We heard you.

As part of our first-ever Year in Review, here’s a rundown of some of the most memorable quotes from 2016:

  • “He got a slap on the wrist. Pitiful. White privilege prevails again.” Reader Bob McMichael’s response to a judge’s three-years probation sentence for John R.K. Howard, who was accused of using a coat hanger to assault a teammate in 2015.
  • “Hallelujah! Finally.” Reader Sarah Casper in response to breaking news that Idaho’s reading indicator for grade schoolers awaits a rewrite.
  • “It’s a lot of work. But it’s the right work.” Reading specialist Loni Westrick on teachers’ responsibilities to help students learn to read.
  • “So sweet and adorable my heart just melted down.” Reader Ingrid Bianca on our video documenting a tear-filled first grader’s first day of school.
  • “Has there ever been a time in the history of American education when educators didn’t say they needed more money?” Reader Ted Miller in response to a State Board of Education survey in which educators lamented the financial state of their schools.
  • “There was nothing about it that was hidden.”Schools chief Sherry Ybarra in response to an independent audit that claimed 99 percent of teacher evaluations screened were inaccurate or incomplete.
  • “The audit raises serious concerns regarding the teacher evaluation process.”State Board of Education president Emma Achley in response to the independent audit that found 99 percent of teacher evaluations screened were inaccurate or incomplete.
  • “Legalize pot. Money issue solved. Quit overtaxing hardworking middle-class Americans!”Reader Phil Hiller on news that Idaho’s supplemental tax bill hit an all-time record in 2016.
  • “Good. Stop moving the target.”Reader Sherry Belknap on Ybarra’s backpedal on changing the state’s teacher evaluation model.
  • “Fairly easy method when you work with a handpicked clientele.”Reader Jennifer Murdock on one East Idaho educator’s move to start her own charter school.
  • “Wow! So worth reading!”Reader Ray Iyall on a story about a cancer-stricken school janitor in Blackfoot who leaves encouraging messages on chalkboards during his night shift.