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Letters to the Editor Dec. 22, 2011

Lessons in education reform from two schools in Kansas

Regarding education reform, here are two schools of thought and the same basic results in academic success: These two schools in Kansas have done this since the conception of each school — the public school since the late 1920s and the private school since 1963.

Baxter Springs High School has done this for many years and has earned many awards along the way. In the school year of 2009 it earned academic championship awards for excellence in reading, writing and math from the state of Kansas. In 2009 it also won the National Blue Ribbon School award from the United States.

Letters to the Editor Dec. 20, 2011

Saddened to hear our friend Charles Slert will be leaving

I love Del Norte County and its people. My many experiences over the years in this community have been gratifying. This place also drew my wife of 17 years here to do business in the mortgage business, providing loans to incoming correctional officers at Pelican Bay State Prison as it came online in the early 1990s. Missy, a Dallas girl, also loves this area.

We were both saddened recently to hear that our good friend Charles Slert was resigning from the Crescent City Council and may have to leave the area. Charles was a renowned architect from San Diego and his wife Patricia is a Fortuna girl. Missy and I attended their wedding at the River Lodge in Fortuna about eight or so years ago.

Letters to the Editor Dec. 17, 2011

Well wishes for us and our leaders in next year

Some New Year’s wishes:

I wish more people realized what a privilege being American is.

I wish the younger generations would realize the importance of volunteering in our community.

I wish people would give back to our town rather than just take what they can.

Letters to the Editor Dec. 15, 2011

Educational woes stem from sense of dependency on system

While it was inspirational to read Josh Norris' take on educational problems in Del Norte county (“Consultants are not solution to Del Norte’s education problems,” Dec. 8), he seems to be putting forth the same solutions that have dominated the educational community for five decades, more teachers, smaller class size, and more money.

Those solutions haven’t made much progress either. I don’t wish to marginalize these as answers to our educational woes, but I think that public education took a systemic left turn about 50 years ago when it stopped trusting most parents to do the right thing when it came to their children. I think most teachers realize that they aren’t the biggest influence in a child’s life, but can greatly influence the outcome in any child’s life.

Letters to the Editor Dec. 13, 2011

Paying everyone’s way fosters sense of entitlement

The Del Norte County Unified School District has greatly misinterpreted the No Child Left Behind Act law and applied it to areas where it has no business being involved. A friend of mine is a teacher here in the district, and has seen nothing but trouble in recent years thanks to our district’s misapplication of the law.

She goes to a great deal of trouble every year to plan an annual weekend-long field trip for her class. Trips like that cost money, most of which either comes from fundraisers or the students themselves (and their families). It used to be that if a child didn’t come up with the money for the trip, he or she didn’t go. That’s how it should be. It’s a privilege to go on these trips, and they’re not a graded part of the curriculum.

Letters to the Editor Dec. 10, 2011

Pledge argument used divisively

I am writing in response to Rodger Gitlin’s Dec. 3 Coastal Voices piece, “Sticking up for the pledge,” about the Pledge of Allegiance. Mr Gitlin refers to people opposed to the pledge’s principles as “American-haters” and “whiners.” Maybe some are.

But, as I am sure Rodger knows, this is really about a belief that God should stay out of our government. Less “America-hater,” more “atheist.”

There are nations in the Middle East that mandate patriotic exercise and faith in God, theocracies. I think perhaps our land and people deserve a bit of “love and loyalty;” love of country, on the other hand, can be conditional.

Letters to the Editor Dec. 08, 2011

Consultants are not solution to Del Norte’s education problems

 I appreciate the Dec. 3 article, “Reports fuel school reform effort.” I thoroughly enjoyed discussing it with my family of educators. I agree that high absenteeism and graduation rates are serious problems in our schools; and I appreciate the effort put forth by the participating organizations to gather student input, but I have issues with the conclusions.

First, I know the Triplicate doesn’t like to dwell on the fact that we are one of the poorest and most unemployed counties in the state, but the correlation between that and student achievement cannot be overlooked. It is a well-known fact that the best indicator of individual student performance/attendance is 1) parents’ education level, and 2) parents’ income.

Letters to the Editor Dec. 06, 2011

Smoking should be no more a gov’t responsibility than obesity

In her Dec. 1 letter (Why are we looking to the government to battle obesity,” Amanda Marx claims it is not the business of government to take care of us.

If it is not the business of the government to take care of us, then why do we see store clerks legally required to check IDs on cigarette sales, and why are extremely exorbitant taxes imposed on cigarettes?

Letters to the Editor Dec. 03, 2011

$19,800 is a lot of money for TV spot with dubious results

The Dec. 1 article, “In search of national exposure,” opens up a question that many of us in the 99 percent movement would like to know the answer to.

How will Terry Bradshaw, Fox network, ESPN or CNN put any money in our pocket?

Maybe Bill Renfroe (executive director of the Tri-Agency Economic Development Authority) will tell me why the 1 percent here is not stepping up and reaching into their pockets to pay for the whole thing.

Letters to the Editor Nov. 29, 2011

How vital is our language?

Judging from the recent spike of letters to the editor on the subject of language, one might  conclude that it’s an important element of our society. So how important is language to one’s culture?

Jill Bausch, in  her Nov.19 letter, “Country overrun with immigrants; ballots should only be in English,”‚ÄąNov. 19, cited voting and its multiplicity of translations involved in the process of an American election. She pointed out that  the printing of voting material costs the taxpayers multiple thousands of dollars per election which, according to her, should be in the primary language of America-English.


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