Printed Letters: Aug. 21, 2014
Government handouts to blame in Ferguson
So, who’s to blame for what’s happening in Ferguson? I blame the government. Because we took the “handout” approach instead of offering “hand up” help beginning with FDR’s New Deal, we now have four generations of inner-city Americans that are totally dependent on the government.
With free housing, free food, free medical care, free phones, etc. what possible motivation do they have to provide for themselves?
Many have supplemented their income with illegal activities and have a blatant disregard for authority. While many more African-Americans ( I hate the fact that we hyphenate “Americans”) are seeing the bigger picture and speaking out, there remains a strong culture that will use any excuse to riot, loot, and destroy private property. I would wager a fair amount that none of the looters are business owners (or at least legitimate business owners) or likely any that work for the businesses.
No doubt there are some overzealous police officers, but I can’t imagine any that would shoot a perpetrator for obeying what they are being told to do. With the inherited disregard for authority and the push by prominent black men (they are not Americans in my mind or they would be trying to fix the problems instead of making a living by perpetuating them), they really don’t see any future other than the cycle they are in.
While actually being oppressed by the very government they vote for, they are told — and believe — that they are still slaves to the white man.
Government created this problem and government needs to solve it. However, as long as Democrats are “buying” votes with handouts, I don’t see a change unless conservatives can learn to play give and take within their own party and speak with one voice.
As long as old school Republicans, tea partiers, libertarians, and evangelicals continue to clash publicly, they will never be able to provide for a much needed pendulum swing back to conservative values.
District 51’s new calendar a step in the right direction
David Shrum and others are off base in their criticism of District 51’s new calendar. Shrum feels we need to continue doing the same thing we have be doing for 200 years, even though he is not happy with the results and is ignoring that our world has changed. He feels that District 51 is solely responsible for students having to take remedial classes in college, yet he does not want the District to change. He fails to look at other facts, like many students taking those classes are from home school, private schools or difficult home situations; and more children are going to college than ever before.
Secondly, it is well known and based on years of research (and common sense) that when someone stops learn or practicing something for an extended time (like 12 weeks under the old calendar) they lose some of that knowledge and have to spend time relearning. Shrum feels that is incorrect and that children will lose the same knowledge during a one- or two-week break.
Caprock Academy School has had a similar schedule (actually starting even earlier) and their testing results have been very good. There is a waiting list to get in.
Gone are the old summer jobs for children. Now, most jobs available have schedules that can accommodate high school schedules. Vacations for families never were eight weeks (the amount of time they have off on the new schedule).
Most parents cannot take more than one or two weeks for a vacation at any time. Daycare costs under the new calendar should be the same since not one new day was added (which would be a big help in improving learning).
Most teachers do not work summers, and all colleges now accommodate teachers by adjusting schedules or offering classes on line.
Regarding sport and band camps: Is it the job of District 51 to accommodate those? I am sure that the people running these camps will find a way, since most operate to make a profit (free market).
District 51 must continue to focus on the main thing: educating children. Only in America are sports, music, dances and other things a part of the school culture. If that is what we want, that is a discussion for another time. In the meantime District 51 must find ways to improve learning for all children. People need to face the facts and find solutions. I, for one, applaud District 51, the administrators, and teachers for moving forward
Penry’s ‘phony war on women’ column is misleading
I am writing to address the opinion piece by Josh Penry on Aug. 1 titled, “The phony war on women.”
Penry attacks every Democratic candidate he can think of, but clearly the title of his piece is misleading, because he says nothing about women, women’s rights or war.
Women in our country continue to make much less for the same job as men. There are laws being proposed and many have passed in our country limiting a woman’s right to reproductive freedom. The major source of resistance to equal pay for women and the sponsors of the reproductive freedom laws, are older white men in the Republican party.
Do you think that Penry knows this? I hope the women in our country know it and will take it into consideration when casting their votes this fall.