published Thursday, August 2nd, 2012

School board has difficult job and other letters to the editor

School board has difficult job

I found the July 25 school board election editorials interesting. The candidates all appear to have strengths to offer. The board has a very difficult job because of the huge district size, local politics and economics, diversity of needs at different schools, and state and federal mandates. No matter who is on the board, it will help to have teaching and financial experience.

It is important to keep good teachers. One cannot quantitatively evaluate what makes teachers great: relationships with kids, parents and colleagues, work ethic, organization, level of interest of lessons, and continuous classroom decision- making. Test scores are easy to compare but they correlate much more with home factors.

KIPP charter schools work because parents contractually agree to support academics and student behavior rules. Small class size is important, and the board should prioritize having more than one adult -- parent volunteer, parapro or co-teacher — in classrooms.

Budgeting must be a creative, efficient process that minimizes classroom cuts. Savings can be made on utilities, busing, schedules and other items.

GARY FURMAN


Many addicted to cheap oil

I am glad you included Americans in the first sentence in your editorial about environmental whackos ("Your new green life," July 28). We lead the world in obesity, consume, at last check, 25 percent of the planet's resources as 5 percent of the population.

We need our supersized houses to fit all the stuff we buy in them. Curious though, when I drive rural roads, older houses for the most part are small.

As for fracking, Mr. Editor, why don't you go live where your well gets poisoned and the ground quakes. Not to mention the roads destroyed by the flow of drilling equipment.

But my take is you are like most Americans — you are addicted to cheap oil and plentiful oil. The petroleum age is what we are in, so live it up. The candle burns for only so long. No doubt your car and house are two of the bigger ones. After all, you can afford the extra oil it takes.

PRENTICE HICKS, Lookout Valley


Small minority can't negate rights

Since believers in Jesus Christ are commanded not to be ashamed of His Name, we must not neglect to use His name in our prayers to our God.

By rights, the atheist, when it is his/her turn to lead the invocation, may call for a minute of silence to honor his non-god.

This nation is founded upon the Bible and biblical principles and law. All races and religions are welcome here, but we who believe in the Creator God should not be required to honor their gods, though we will respect their right to their beliefs.

The government is not establishing the Christian religion; the Christian religion established our government and is not to be negated by a very small minority of persons who object to that.

If they were to try that in a Muslim, Roman Catholic, Hindu or Buddhist land, they wouldn't have a hearing at all. They don't have to worship Jesus, just allow us to without interference.

JACKY MANCHESTER

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Easy123 said...

JACKY MANCHESTER,

Show me where atheists are in line to lead the invocation.

This nation WAS NOT founded upon the Bible and biblical principles and law.

All races and religions are welcome, they just don't have the same rights as Christians.

The government is establishing the Christian religion. You basically admitted it here:

"the Christian religion established our government and is not to be negated by a very small minority of persons who object to that."

They wouldn't have a hearing about this in other countries because the atheists are in hiding or being murdered for heresy.

"just allow us to without interference."

No one is stopping you from worshipping your Jesus. But the Commission isn't going to do it on my tax dollars. It's unconstitutional.

August 2, 2012 at 9:25 a.m.
moon4kat said...

Jacky Manchester, Christians are free to pray out loud and proclaim their faith in Jesus in church, at home, in their front yards, on bumper-stickers of their personal vehicles, and in private businesses.
Meanwhile, many of us have out-grown belief in tooth fairies, Santa Claus, unicorns, Greek mythology, and 2000-year-old fabulist folk tales.
The Founders of this nation called for separation of church and state so that the idiosyncratic religiosity of some is not forced on other people by their government.

August 2, 2012 at 9:36 a.m.
shen said...

Will the commission allow a WICCA prayer? A Buddhist? Muslim? Jaini? Hindu? Sikh? Taoi? Zoroastria? The next time the commission breaks out in prayer, I'd like to be a fly on the wall if the audience should break out in prayer from all of the above.

August 2, 2012 at 9:43 a.m.
Easy123 said...

shen,

I concur! I've always been interested in Eastern religions like Jainism and Buddhism. I'd love to hear a lecture from someone from those religions.

August 2, 2012 at 9:46 a.m.

JACKY MANCHESTER, Sorry, but the County Commission did not set up an equal opportunity access from the start, but actually selected those they wanted to hear from. When you begin poorly, you don't always get a chance to recover from that, even if by some means you might once have done things properly.

You are welcome to believe as you wish, in whatever terms you want, when it comes to your beliefs. When you want the state to endorse your views, that's when you are taking things outside of your individual capacity and applying them to the rest of us.

We have the right to disagree, and you know what? This nation by law, has explicitly disavowed being bound by the Bible. And you are showing your ignorance of other countries, as well as the history of Christian intolerance. Even those on your side have claimed that Christians fleeing other Christians were the ones who formed this nation. Somewhat inaccurately, since those Christians were also determined to set their own laws anyway, which lead to a few other colonies being formed separately.

But no, you'd rather just look down on the others, as if you were better, as if you belong on a pedestal.

When you just got done boasting over how you won't be negated by others, in a false and dishonest claim that anything is being taken away from you.

Your cry is as false as always.

August 2, 2012 at 4:02 p.m.
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