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Letters to the Editor 11/14

November 14, 2000

Letters to the Editor 11/14



Vote should be held again



To the editor:

I just want to register my opinion of what should be done in the present election crisis in Florida. It appears to me since so many votes had to be thrown out in Palm Beach County because of the confusion of the ballot form there, either a revote or a runoff vote should be held.

The latter would remove all names from the ballot except for Bush and Gore. Nobody should become president of the U.S. with such a small majority if any votes were possibly invalid or not counted.

Shirley Taylor

Falling Waters, W.Va.




Charley Reese defies logic



To the editor:

As a person who has taught the necessity for justifiable evidence to support arguments for over 30 years, I must take exception to Charley Reese's Nov. 11 editorial "Abolish public schools."

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In his column, Reese supports his position by referring to a quotation by a former school teacher, John Taylor Gatto, who claims America's public schools should be viewed as "government education designed to serve the government and the ruling class that controls the government." This characterization of American public school education misrepresents not only what it is, but also what it does.

A rule of logic requires that conclusions be derived from true premises. Since it is the case that American public schools are locally controlled, funded and taught, it is ludicrous to assume that the vast network of diverse school districts located throughout our country somehow illustrate Gatto's vague notion of "government education."

Certainly I am in favor of unrestricted public opinion, yet I also believe it is our duty as Americans to express critiques of opinions so falsely supported as the one by Charley Reese suggesting we eliminate one of the most important American institutions, public school education.

Ronald L. Ballard

Hagerstown




Electoral college is not to blame



To the editor:

So, we are so much of an instant society that we need to know the winners right away. "The electoral college is bad because the winner of the popular vote should win the election."

Well, let's see if that would have solved Tuesday night.

Wednesday morning when I woke up, Gore led by 250,000 votes. By evening, it was down to 98,000. What will the difference be tonight? Can we for certain proclaim Gore the popular winner right now, with all the absentee ballots still to count?-6+ No. So that would not have changed anything for the people who want "instant" winners.

We now have a recount in the state of Florida - along with New Mexico and possibly Oregon. Someone will eventually win the state.

If we went by popular vote only, we would be having recounts in all 50 states, as it would be extremely important to get every vote completely accurate.

Over the past few weeks, small and large states that were "battlegrounds" saw more of the candidates then they probably wanted - but if it was just a popular vote election, would any of the small states see a candidate?

The system works. Everyone knew the rules before they started. Check out the headlines from across the world. We are still the envy of everyone.

Rob Cline

Hagerstown




God bless America



To the editor:

Dear Lord, we pray for thy blessings for the future of our country - a future for peace and hope. We pray for strength in our leaders to form a less vulgar world for our children, a God-fearing country with civilized dignity.

Help us to think from the heart with feelings of truth through thy gracious love. God bless the peacemakers. God bless America.

Mildred Dorsey Newman

Hagerstown

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