January 30th's Letters to the Editor
The week of Jan 28 to 1 Feb has been set apart as “National School Choice Week”. I see this ability for the parents to choose their children’s educational method as the fulfillment of the Biblical command for parents to teach their children. (Deut 6:7) There are other reasons.
Parents love and know their children better than anyone else in the world. A parent should have the ability to place their child in an environment where they will thrive and grow. Public schools must accommodate everyone and frequently must include politically mandated subjects that detract from basic educational requirements. The superintendent of the country’s fourth largest school district in Miami-Dade, Florida said “Half our job is education, and the other half is social work”.
There is plenty of data to be found on the results.
The United States has been falling behind other industrialized nations in education for many years. Business Week magazine says we are currently ranked sixteenth in literacy and lower in mathematics. Students in Estonia, Hungary and Slovenia are better equipped than their American counterparts. In surveys of choice programs of Wisconsin, Florida and Washington DC graduation rates, academic gains and parental satisfaction all showed significant improvement when the parents were allowed to use their tax money to follow their child into a school better fitted to thestudent.
The key argument that has been used against school choice is the dilution of resources for public schools. Only Switzerland spends more per student than the United States. The Czech Republic spends about one third what the United States does and their students score higher in math. In the words of Pascal D. Forgione, Jr., Ph.D. U.S. Commissioner of Education Statistics, “We appear to be “near the bottom” at the high school level. People have a tendency to think this picture is bleak but it doesn’t apply to their own school. Chances are, even if your school compares well in SAT scores, it will still be a lightweight on an international scale.”
It has been over 4o years since JD Powers first released their automotive customer satisfaction survey. U.S. manufacturers were decimated by Japanese and German brands. Many predicted the death of the industry and some called for import taxes to “save” the American auto industry. This year finds brands such as Ford, Chevrolet, and GMC on the list. Fortunately the American industry was not “saved” but forced to compete.
Most teachers and administrators I have met are up to the challenge of actually improving the public school performance. The first step is to allow the parents to move their tax dollars to the school they chose.
Bob Clark, Edison
I wonder if anyone thinks about anything other than their own lives? I know I’m guilty of getting caught up in my own life, my own personal issues. Yet I often wonder about other things as well. I think about what it would be like to live my entire life chained to a box barely large enough to contain me… Or, just chained to a tree for the rest of my life with no shelter. Where I would have to lie in the mud when it rained; bake in the sun in summer or freeze to death in the winter. Where I had to smell my own feces and walk in it because the chain holds me to this small area. Where I would never have the freedom my entire life to take a walk, no exercise and hoping the entire time that someone (please God) would remember to perhaps give me some water at least, maybe a little something to eat. Because I couldn’t get it myself you see, I’m chained.
I realize that a lot of people (especially in Morrow County) think of animals as unfeeling, incapable of anything other than being disposable to us humans. Human beings use them for their own amusement never realizing or even caring that they hurt, feel pain, have emotions, love to be around us just because they love us and are social creatures (just like us!) Think about what it would do to you, your attitude and your spirit being isolated and chained, hungry and thirsty.
I see children as well as adults mistreating and hurting animals. If someone was being mean to me, hurting me, I’d bite them because I couldn’t stop them any other way; because I Can feel and Do have emotions. Yet it is Always, Always the animal at fault and once again being hurt. Never the ‘person’ doing the provoking and hurting.
I pray daily that people treat animals with kindness and compassion, with a loving and gentle touch. They give us so much and ask so little. And God made them out of the same dust that we humans are made of.…yes, we are the same and connected. And when He made us and every animal on this planet (everything!) He was well pleased. He loves all of His creation, all of His creatures and we are merely ‘just one’ of His creatures. I wonder what He thinks when He sees the cruelty and disrespect, the hatefulness and heartlessness of us and the way we treat His other creations.
Denise Janick, Cardington
To the Editor,
Inevitably the law in the State of Ohio must be amended that pertains to slander and defamation of character.
Presently it’s being craftily implemented to tyrannize and have dominance. At the commencement of the denigration, legal counsel was sought. It has been an ongoing issue and to resolve it legally — it would exhaust my financial resources.
Forensic evidence exists that unequivocally substantiates it is slander and defamation of character. This evidence was obtained with the assistance of an investigator and in accordance with Ohio state law. Hopefully, appropriate intervention can be rendered.
I had been diagnosed with diabetes when I was in my 20s and because I experienced blackouts, I had aspersions cast upon my reputation. I am confident that our Almighty Creator ensures this matter will be resolved for lies that have been spoken into the winds of God have hurt my loved ones.
It is written in James 4:12 “who are you to judge another.” Remember that it is God that remains seated on the judgment throne and God will never relinquish what solely is His.
Yolanda M. Price, Mansfield
Dear Sir or Madam:
Today, instead of delivering an Inaugural Address, Mr. Obama delivered a Declaration of War against any thinking American who has a modicum of common sense and wants a stop to the overspending of the Federal Government, in that not only did Mr. Obama subliminally say that he would continue on his path to complete Government Dependency, aka Socialism, it will get much worse.
He kept calling for civility, but at the same time threw innuendo after innuendo, leaving no doubt that the Republicans were the bad guys who wanted the low and middle income folks to freeze and starve. My dad used to call this ‘talking out of both sides of your mouth,’ but I just call it being two-faced and partisan. He is posturing for the 2016 elections, when he believes that by portraying the Democrats as the ones who are looking out for the poor, the gays and the illegal immigrants, they will guarantee a much larger constituency going to the polls and unfortunately, given how many folks who don’t mind taking the Government handouts instead of doing things on their own and for themselves, he is probably right.
I don’t understand how anyone as educated as Mr. Obama can look at the downward slope this country is on and say, “Damn the consequences, right or wrong, I’m doing it my way”.
Some of his proponents will continue to support him, because they don’t want to and will not admit that the Republicans are right in wanting to stop kicking the proverbial can down the road and face and solve our problems today, so that our children and their children won’t have to suffer the outrageous debt his policies have put on them. Considering all of the Government spending and our sixteen trillion dollar plus deficit, every man woman and child in this country owns a 280 thousand dollar share of the national debt.
If you think that his policies and Obamacare won’t have any unforeseen repercussions, talk to me after January of 2014, when the majority of stuff hits the fan.
Thank you. Sincerely, Darl Mills, Mt. Gilead