Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor for Feb. 2

Kids are victims of failed system

The schools don’t need any more money. They need to fix what they’re doing wrong, and, so far, throwing money at them doesn’t seem to be doing it.

They can’t seem to teach kids to read very well, or do math, but they certainly know all the tricks for getting money from every source they can.

And it’s never enough.

Every year, “It’s for the kids,” they whine. Well, no, it isn’t. It’s not for the kids. It’s for the system, a greedy, bottomless rat hole for pouring money into.

Do you realize how many children here are really close to being totally illiterate? Are you aware that illiteracy is seriously linked to truancy, gang membership, drugs, crime and dependence on welfare?

Are your kids having that kind of trouble? How well can they read? Hand them a book or magazine that they haven’t seen before and ask them to read it.

Six-year-olds in Europe can read anything you give them. They may not understand what all the words mean, but they can read it.

Everyone fusses about the annual testing, but as soon as that dies down, it’s business as usual.

Figure out how to get more money for not doing their jobs.

Our sorry public school system is worse than pathetic. It’s a crime.

And your kids are the victims. They will continue to be the victims of the public school system all their lives.

SUSAN MUNROE, Rochester

System helps students succeed

With all the negative things happening in the world, I try to take time to reflect on things I am thankful for. One of those things is the wonderful schools that my children attend.

My youngest is now in kindergarten, quite the milestone in any child’s life and also a very important stepping stone to the educational system.

I am so excited to have my daughter in Jana Brock’s all-day class at Woodland. Gone are the days of eating paste and taking a nap in class. We have set the expectations high for our teachers in order for our children to succeed and I think they are executing the job wonderfully with the time they are given.

At first glance it may seem like all they do is cut and color or separate blocks and put them back together. But look a little deeper and you will see they are learning to develop muscles, add and subtract and develop social skills such as respecting others.

We have taken a trip to a local farm and will soon be attending a play at The Washington Center for the Performing Arts. I feel that these activities not only provide opportunities to children who otherwise would not be able to participate, but it also lays the groundwork for our future.

By exposing children to the world in which they live, it inspires them to become part of it.

So inspire a child today, support our schools and our teachers.

KAREN ST. CLAIR, Lacey

No case to regulate gun ownership

I am compelled to write this after reading a column by a member of The Olympian’s Diversity Panel.

An outrageous headline suggested the six dead officers somehow are the result of a lack of gun control restricting gun ownership by law-abiding citizens.

Although I am certainly not surprised given the source, the column was so far off the mark that a response is necessary.

No one with any reasonable intelligence would begin to believe these acts were anything more than acts by heinous criminals. Where is the columnist’s outrage against the legal system, in particular the judge who directly caused this to happen by allowing the defendant who shot the four officers in the coffee shop out of jail?

While on the subject of jail, I see now that, at least in the state, we no longer call these institutions prisons or jails, but “accountability and restitution centers.”

Are you kidding me?

We are living in a society so busy worshipping the god of political correctness they can no longer see the forest for the trees. Wake up people. There is evil in the world. There are evil people who should be locked away and never see the light of day.

It may offend liberal sensibilities to think that evil people cannot be rehabilitated, but it is a fact.

Restricting my right to own guns is not going to make you safer — quite the opposite. But people with their heads out of where the sun doesn’t shine already know that.

DEAN WINNER, Olympia

Republicans blew it

The American people elected President Barack Obama to a four-year term.

I can’t believe they are naive enough to think the Republicans have all the answers one year after eight years of a disastrous Republican administration.

Unbelievable!

WILLIAM LAVIGNE, Tumwater

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