Letters to the Editor - Aug. 1

August 01, 2011

How can we pass kids who can’t do the work?

To the editor:

Recently, The Associated Press published one of the many articles being written about the current cheating scandal within the Atlanta schools. While there was a growing amount of disturbing issues within the district, one prompts a question about our school system. In the article, one of the problems presented was that many children “were allowed to advance to higher grades, even though they didn’t know basic concepts.” Locally, a recent Herald-Mail article told how seventh-graders at Western Heights Middle School are reading on a third-grade level, and some students cannot even read sentences. And yet, these students are in middle school.                     

It would be helpful to have the School Board explain to the community how exactly this works. How does a student, who can not read sentences, advance to middle school? If such students can advance to middle school and can proceed to graduation, are we graduating kids who can just barely read and write? Whether it is five or 50 students, how is this in the best interest of the student?

Western Heights has gone through several staff changes. How are these middle school teachers supposed to be teaching middle school curriculum to students who could not read a sentence?

It would seem that graduating children into the “real world” before they can fully read and understand a job application is not in the best interest of any child.

Dottie Gruhler

A sad state of affairs on everyone’s part

To the editor:

It is said that, barring action by Congress to raise the debt limit, the Treasury will be unable to pay total federal government obligations (bills) come Aug. 2. Wait! We are in this conundrum because we have been deficit spending on a grand scale for a long time. Deficit dollars and increased debt limit dollars (both the same thing by different names) are not real. They are just Monopoly money. Monopoly money is only good as long as the receiver (China, oil countries, bond holders, etc.) believes the payer (U.S. Federal Government) will eventually come through with real dollars. They say that we need to pass out even more Monopoly money in order to make the receivers feel secure. This does not make sense. The U.S. government already cannot pay its debts. Only a fool would think that more junk money from the raised debt limit would fix the problem.

And, “no,” the rich cannot save us by our taxing them into the ground. They are the innovators, the risk takers. If we didn’t have them we would stagnate.

We must tighten our belts to get out of this, all of us — workers, retired, students, rich, poor, middle class, medicare recipients, scholarship recipients, income tax credit receivers, entitlement addicts, government contractors, consultants, etc. We need to quit whining to Uncle Sam to take care of us. He is broke. We need to act like adults and do for ourselves and use ingenuity where we lack funds.

Just for reference, I am a very nonrich blue-collar worker who was forced into retirement two years ago.

Anne P. Wright

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