From a citizen- To The Honorable Mayor Scott Dudley

Honorable Mayor Dudley,

It has come to my attention recently that some city council members have expressed unfortunate, ignorant, judgmental and prejudicial disdain for those who have earned their GED’s (General Education development certificate) as opposed to having traditionally graduated from high school. I am quite concerned that those council members might serve on a panel judging possible applicants for open positions for the City of Oak Harbor. These corroborated prejudices might certainly place this City in a liable position if an otherwise qualified candidate for an open position with the City of Oak Harbor might be disqualified or downgraded by a panel member due to their ignorance of the GED program.

For the record, GED’s are the equivalent of a high school diploma. They are earned by many for a myriad of reasons. The majority of GED’s in Washington State are earned by foster children. They have already been through enough; ignorant judgementalism is an insult to injury. Clearly, some on our council lack the ability to consider that the majority of high school (and all of high school for some of us) is attended when we are minors. Rarely do minors have control over their home situations to assure that a traditional graduation from High School is possible. To count the “sins of the father” against his “son” in hiring decisions, sometimes decades after the fact is wrong, judgmental, ignorant and prejudicial.

I would hope that you would consider these ignorant prejudices that can be proven to exist within certain members of this council when appointing members to panels trusted with the responsibility of providing unbiased opinions on the qualifications of potential candidates.

Thank you for your time.


  1. How sad.
    Historically some of the most successful people did not finish High School…
    …or get their GED.
    Shame on Oak Harbor, maybe a lot of us us poor citizens are just not elite enough to be in the employment of the city of Oak Harbor.

    A partial list of those who would not be eligible for employment by the city of Oak Harbor:

    Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison, George Eastman (Kodak), Jimmy Dean, Colonel Sanders, Richard Branson (Virgin), Henry Ford, Dave Thomas (Wendy’s), Ansel Adams, Liz Claiborne, Diana Princess of Wales, James H. Clark, (Silicon Graphics and Netscape), J.R. Simplot (the potato tycoon).

  2. Not sure where or who made the comments but…… The people I know that got a GED had to retain so much more then most high-school graduates. If some of the council truly feels that way, go take the test and see how you do…. Not trying to take away from everyone who goes to regular high-school and graduates. This to is wonderful and should be applauded. I agree with the fact not everyone is lucky enough to stay at home, have that great high-school experience and graduate with their class. GED’s should never be considered less then a diploma or not be accepted when it comes to job requirements.

  3. It is amazing that this city council is so worried about what everyone else is doing and not once have they took pause and checked their own actions, not once have they put the order of doing the peoples work first.

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