Printed letters, September 15, 2013

After reading The Daily Sentinel article on Sept. 11 about the four South Carolina hunters (cowards and crooks), I cannot understand the plea agreement that allows them to be banned from hunting for four years in Colorado, although the article also says they might be banned from future hunting in Colorado and possibly in 38 other states.

I am sure I can speak for all hunters in Colorado by saying these men should have been jailed immediately and should be banned from any hunting anywhere. They do not deserve to own or use a weapon. They admitted to having been hunting with these illegal methods for 20 years, and they have never taken the time to read or abide by the Colorado hunting laws.

I sincerely hope the Division of Parks and Wildlife will punish these men to the maximum extent of the law, which they deserve, but to also send a message to all hunters that this type of activity will not be tolerated. Hunting is a privilege, not a right.

To Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife: Please do not let these men hunt in Colorado ever again.

BRUCE MCKAY

Grand Junction

It’s time to change 
school-board dynamics

In James O’Malley’s recent letter to The Daily Sentinel, he only covered a very small portion of what questions were asked and what was discussed at a meeting of school board candidates. If O’Malley had been able to attend, he would have been able to express his concerns about how our history and civics are being taught in our schools.

These particular three candidates were interviewed by my smaller group, Citizens 4 Liberty. Each faced 20 interested citizens for two hours. They were also interviewed by the Mesa County Republicans.

“Ice Cream in the Park” was attended by a very knowledgeable group of people. Many of them attend the school board meetings and watch the ideas of Ann Tisue and Jeff Leany get voted down 3-2.

We wish to change that dynamic. We feel that a change of philosophy to a more conservative viewpoint is necessary to accomplish things, such as how history and civics are taught, raising graduation rates and decreasing the percentage of high school graduates who need to attend the community college for remedial classes in math or any other subject.

The educational system must be accountable for the results of its actions.

I am a very strong believer that it is the citizen who is responsible for doing some homework before casting a vote, and I got the idea that on this matter O’Malley agrees with me.

For those who wish to have more information on the candidates, Freedom!Colorado is having a forum that will include all school board candidates at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 10, at City Hall. All candidates have been invited.

LINDA GREGORY

Grand Junction

 

State and feds mandate 
English language programs

I read with keen interest the summary of comments made by school board candidate Pat Kanda at the recent coming-out party held for him and two other candidates at the Mesa County Republican Women’s ice cream social in Lincoln Park.

Kanda stated that he is unsure about the effectiveness of having an English as a second language program in local schools, and he feels sports fees aren’t covering as many costs as they should.

We might have had a lively discussion about the English Language Learner program and athletic fees, had I been invited to attend.

Republican Women’s President Linda Gregory indicated that a “subgroup” had spent two hours interviewing the candidates, apparently prior to endorsing them by inviting them to the ice cream “social.”

I was not invited, nor was I interviewed. Had I, as a candidate, been interviewed, a seemingly logical step prior to making endorsements in a nonpartisan race, I may have at least earned an invitation.

But failing that, perhaps I can make a comment here in a more open forum.

The English Language Learner program requirement comes from Title III of the “No Child Left Behind Act.” Its purpose is to ensure that every school district provides children identified with needing assistance in English language development with instruction that will allow them to achieve the same education standards and outcomes as we expect of their English-fluent peers.

ELL is a federal and state requirement and, when you think about it, really an imperative if we are to actually reach one of the great values of public education — providing a solid base for all children so that they can succeed in careers and as citizens.

Perhaps before voters are called upon to cast a ballot in the District 51 School Board races, all the candidates will have a chance to discuss educational issues in forums that allow voters to make informed choices.

JOHN WILLIAMS

School Board Candidate

District C

Grand Junction



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Sorry Linda, it is not up to school board members to attempt to dictate curriculum.  We have professional educators who are very good at following state and federal guidelines about what is being taught in schools just as when you attended.

The last thing we need is to have board members dictate their agendas because of their individual beliefs.
And, as Marcia Neal stated earlier if the school boards are really going to become politicians then they should spend some time educating groups like Club 20 and City Councils about funding for education. Neither seem to support any funding sources.  Club 20 is no on the education bill because as one ignorant member professed funds would be directed to PERA which is totally wrong.  The council will not support the marijuana sales and TAX. This was sold to voters as a way to fund education yet individual municipalities continue to ban sales and collect the tax though Colorado in general supported the amendment.

Unbelievable.

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