Some are more equal than others
The privileged seem to need scapegoats — some group of whom they can say, “It is they, not us, who are the cause of the problem.”
The privileged can then hold their heads high, knowing they are better than someone else; so when natural disasters occur, ministers can tell who among them upset God this time.
At the forming of the United States, poor people were scorned; only the wealthy landowners could lead. And then, as the good ol’ boys club expanded, it was women who were excluded; until women got the vote. And of course after that, if you were a minority group you were considered a second-class citizen or a slave. But in time, that too changed with the Emancipation Proclamation and the Civil Rights Act.
Question: Who can the privileged claim to be better than now?
Answer: Gays and lesbians.
The Pentagon insiders have decided allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly would “be as disruptive as requiring women in the military to live in close quarters with men.” Never mind that women in the military already suffer rape and sexual harassment. Whom does that disrupt now?
Never mind that the soldier in the next bed could be gay and you don’t know it. Now he’s your buddy, and your life depends on him protecting you. But if you knew he was gay, well ... .
Good thing, according to the Declaration of Independence, we consider everyone equal. Where would we be without that?
TERRENCE ZANDER, Olympia
Students benefit when levies pass
School levies are becoming an essential part of basic education.
In recent years, state funding for basic education has continued to decrease. Local communities are supporting their schools through levy funding to keep instruction programs operating and students learning.
These funding levies are once again up for renewal. For most districts these are simply replacing voter-approved levies from previous years. Communities that show support for their schools continue to receive state equalization funds to augment their programs. Student learning goes beyond the foundations of reading, writing and arithmetic, to include music, art, technology and athletics. Every student will benefit from renewal of the levy funding. I encourage voters to make their one vote count for one student.
Pick a child in your life. What would they need in education to help them succeed? Is it smaller classes that yield more time spent with their teacher? Would they need music and art classes to stimulate their creative side? Are they in need of athletic programs to keep their body healthy and motivate their minds?
Are they the kid who needs a little extra help or the exceptional learner that requires more depth of study? All of these aspects are covered under levy funding. Make your one vote count for one student and with the renewal of your district’s levy you will affect change in all students.
Vote yes for students. Renew your commitment to their future and yours.
KAREN SANCHEZ, Rochester