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Letters and comments for May 13, 2011

Letters and comments for May 13, 2011

Textbooks outdated

To the Editor:

As a parent of a child in the

La Grande School District, I firmly believe the students in our community need and deserve our show of support with the passage of the local school option levy. This levy will provide money for many urgent needs within the district over the next five years.

One area the levy will fund is new textbooks. The state adopts texts every seven years in designated curriculum areas. Our students and teachers are using outdated texts at a time when the state continues to increase requirements and testing standards for our students, especially in the areas of language arts and math.

How outdated? The seventh- and eighth-grade math books were last purchased in 1996; K-6 in 2002; and 9-12 were updated in 2003. Language arts texts throughout the district were purchased in 1998, K-12. Social studies texts were last adopted in 1999, and elementary science texts date back to 1997. Our students’ most recently purchased texts are at least eight years old!

The passage of the levy will also reduce or eliminate teacher layoffs and provide a full school calendar without lost instructional days. Each layoff at the middle and high school level means fewer class offerings available for our children. Every school day missed is less time for our teachers to help students meet the increased educational requirements mandated by the state.

 As our young adults apply to colleges, their competition is students who have every advantage in wealthier districts in both level of preparedness and depth of study with more options of courses and opportunities.

We say “Our children are our future,” and often it sounds like a cliché, but our children truly are the backbone of this nation. Without a well-educated workforce prepared to tackle the complexities of the 21st century, we are a nation in trouble!

Please join me in voting “yes” and supporting the local school option levy.

Kathryn Creech

La Grande

Watch never ends

To the Editor:

Justice has been served on May 1, 2011, with the execution of terrorist, Osama bin Laden. Not just for the attacks on 9/11, but others — crimes against humanity. We have our military and Intel services to thank. Our hats are off to them and their efforts always.

However, while we enjoy the sweet taste of victory, we must never forget that “when you kill one snake, two more come to its funeral.” A major victory is gained, but the war against the collective enemy of humanity goes on. And snakes, quite yellow, strike soft, easy targets such as demonstrated on 9/11.

The new milestone, May 1, 2011, showed the snakes hiding in their dens from which they must be dragged to face justice. This September, when the 10th anniversary of 9/11 is marked, there will be a bright spot for the first time.

Remember, the watch never ends. With or without uniforms, as we are to be soldiers, let us be soldiers of God and God is an army of one!

Ron R. Fischer


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