It's time that legislators take some action on tax fairness; they have studied it to death.
I'm for a county system. I really don't think we need 501 separate school districts for 67 counties in Pennsylvania. There should be standard blueprints for schools - that would save big bucks.
'Moderates' are bad news
To the editor:
I have been plagued for the last several years by what a "moderate" Republican is. These people disagree with almost everything Ronald Reagan or Newt Gingrich ever stood for. So I ask myself, "Why are they Republicans?"
I can be ever so thankful to our new governor, a self-proclaimed moderate, for showing me the light.
As he appoints Democrats to high state office, he refuses to cut the size and expenses of state government, (Republicans believe the best government is as little government as possible) uttered two dirty three-letter words: Gas tax, and awaits a mystic new form of revenue (slots).
It is only too obvious that a moderate is a liberal in waiting.
Old doesn't mean bad
To the editor:
A 10-year-old school textbook may not be out of date or useless. It is the quality and coverage of a text that is important - not age. Our schools should teach 2000 years of learning, not simply the past decade. Lack of bias may be far more vital to young minds than dubious post-1980 achievements.
There is also a disturbing trend of revisionism in school texts conveying social goals rather than realistic knowledge. We read of modern history texts that omit Washington and Franklin. Space limits me to one example:
Currently I teach a college course on history of American journalism and mass communication. The new, required text focuses on news, not media nor entertainment (dominant mass media force). Recording is omitted. While this text concentrates on news, it finds space to cover feminism, minority races and diversity despite mass media's woeful record in all.
Yet another textbook - 10 years-old, found in an antique store - lays out structure, economics and major developments in news and entertainment for all seven accepted mass media splendidly.
Which would you choose? Do we want socialization or facts in our textbooks? May some older texts be better?
David L. Woods
Customers not treated equally
To the editor:
I am writing to express my dismay over Hancock Antique Mall and Flea Market's erratic method of enforcing their new large handbag "policy."
Recently, one long-time consumer and supporter of the Hancock Mall was approached by a mall representative and publicly informed that her handbag was too large and needed to be taken outside and locked in the trunk of her car.
When the consumer in question pointed out several other patrons nearby, carrying the same or larger-size handbags, the mall representative responded with, "Well, I can't catch everyone."
The consumer discussed the incident with Mall management who informed her, "There's no way we can tell everyone."
I am left wondering: What term does one use to describe a company rule that applies to only one person, or to even only one group of people? Is it store policy? Or is it discrimination?
When I first learned of this incident, from the singled-out consumer and several others who witnessed it, I had to double-check my calendar to make sure this was really the year 2003. Have we learned nothing at all?
Civil rights are "the rights of personal liberty guaranteed to U.S. Citizens by the 13th and 14th Amendments to the Constitution and by Acts of Congress." Does this definition permit a consumer to break a store policy that is equally enacted upon all of that store's consumers? Probably not.
Does it protect a consumer, or even a portion of consumers, from being the "only ones" made to adhere to that policy? Perhaps.