Uncomfortable with patriotism that depends on suppression
I was very interested and pleased to read Mario de Solenni’s Coastal Voices piece, “Time to stop being Global Cop,” June 15.
I have not yet read the book which Mr. de Solenni referred to, “World War II, the Rest of the Story,” but I do know that some serious historians have long accepted the fact that the Roosevelt administration knew about the planned Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in advance and deliberately allowed it to happen. In effect, Roosevelt deliberately sacrificed several thousand American lives at Pearl Harbor to create an incident which he needed to overcome public resistance and satisfy his ambition to lead America into World War II.
I also was not surprised by the June 18 letter from Albert Tennant, “Mario de Solenni's analysis based on flawed history book.” Mr. Tennant wrote: “I hope this warped garbage does not find its way into our school libraries” I suggest that such book-banning would soon lead to book-burning, as we should remember from the Nazi example of World War II.
Community loses fine people in Christie Babich, Steve Luis
As like many in our community, I make my living and transact much of my business in between the Flynn Center and Front Street on H Street.
Over the past few years, I came to know County Auditor Christie Babich, both professionally and as a friend. As auditor, she was the epitome of efficiency and integrity. All too often in this day and age, when we don’t take time enough for each other. Christie was the exception, unfailingly taking time to make time, always with a smile and kind word, both in and out of the office.
I didn’t know Steve Luis well, but I know many who did and I hear the same good things said of him that I knew of Christie.
If we fail to protect environment, we’ll face greater catastrophes
President Obama is the first president since Jimmy Carter to attempt to come up with “green” solutions to our coal and oil dependency problem.
Ever since I witnessed the Santa Barbara oil spill I have urged our national leaders to find alternatives to oil.
Generally, economic/political concerns deterred politicians from moving in new energy directions. Oil got tax write-offs and determined the rules or regulations. Green energy got little help. Could that be due to oil’s powerful lobby?
Several points need to be made about test performance, grades
In response to the recent article and letters about changing student’s grades for test performance, there are several points that need to be brought to light.
The California Standards Test (CST) is an end of course exam that tests students on specific standards. The standards development process brought teachers together to develop consensus on skills and knowledge students should possess. Before adoption in 1998, these standards went through a public comment process which allowed for parents, community members and business individuals to provide important feedback prior to state adoption.
The California Department of Education holds each school accountable for these test scores. Del Norte Unified School District schools are deemed high- or low-performing solely on CST and exit exam test student performance.
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