Vote in favor of school excess levy
I write to urge voters to vote "FOR" on the question of continuing local support for schools and libraries. I have to admit that many of the graduates of our public school system do not seem to be ready to be either industrious and productive workers or intelligent and thoughtful voters. As a substitute teacher who works in both the public school "intake" stage (kindergarten) and the final "output' stage (senior high school), I am appalled that so many of the curious and enthusiastic tots who enter the system seem to finish up as listless zombies.
But the great majority of teachers are working hard and smart to educate our kids. It is certainly sad that at this time and in this culture, the education system produces, on the average, mediocre graduates. But if it gets worse, it will go from sad to catastrophic. Metaphorically speaking, one could see the job-destroying forces of technology, immigrants, and job off-shoring as a flood, with local public education as the "sandbags" that might help contain the raging torrent and prevent disaster. Now we find these sandbags are not quite as full as they should be. So, we should give up and go home?
John D. Palmer
Congress still having a fit over black leader
Love of power and fear of losing it created the Party of Fear and War, which became the party of No and Paralysis, which has finally shown itself to be the Party of Prejudice and Hate.
A black man was elected president. Some white men in Congress, and their minions, have been having a hissy fit ever since.
They are to be pitied. Such extreme fear of change and progress must be painful.