An interesting array of letters today Thursday -- the first two about teaching in Muscogee County, and the last two lamenting the end of life as they know it in this country. Too compelling to resist, let me begin my response.
Having just retired from MCSD, I cannot agree more with the school letters. Teaching has never been an easy job, but good educators have heeded "the call" and deserve better treatment and respect. And for those among you who insist that education should follow a business model, public schools cannot reject inferior products (other than Britt David and CHS) but are required to serve everyone.
I enthusiastically endorse one writer's recommendation that Dr. Lewis and the school board members actually go back to school and teach for several days, without the classroom teacher standing by. For that matter, I think that all principals and assistant principals should have to teach several classes during the school year. Maybe there would be some actual appreciation of teachers as a result.
Regarding the last two letters and the "end of America," my conclusion is: "Good grief!" As for the secessionist, does this mean that you are going to reject Social Security and Medicare benefits? Will you no longer drive on interstate highways? And I will be sure to check on the absence of any religious rights this Sunday when I attend the church of my choice.
I will end with a quote from Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird:" "Things are never as bad as they seem."
This thing with the Mayor. Shows what happens when a lawyer becomes a politician. She seems well versed in law terms, but demonstrates a complete lack of leadership abilities. The whole city's Public Safety is going down and she can't see it. I would challenge every council member to do a ride along and see the shape our public safety is in. You have helped create this problem no go fix it.
With the hire of Dr. Lewis I have wondered why did we have to go out of state to have someone gain a rather large sums of money. He regions off the district to men who aren't, in my opinion, worth their pay. What good is to have these men if they can't support their schools because someone from MCPEC won't let them?
Then he brings in his assistant (as they all do) then proceeds to hire principals out of state. Now he has done it again. What is wrong with the qualified in our area? Given the chance we can bounce back, but principals are only as good as the teachers under them. What's next, teachers from out of state? Are they given moving expenses?
If anyone has noticed, it's not the non-performing teachers leaving the district, it's those who care and want to teach. At what incentive? Support staff is to get pay raises; at what %, since bus drivers are said to be getting 4%? Teachers, principals, assistants getting a one time $1200 if they have over a certain amount of years in. What about the others? Are they not worth it? Yes, the two new board members are raising areas of concern -- wasting time with frivolousness, but at least they're trying. Why are the board members so afraid of going against Dr. Lewis and Ms. Bratten? They make mistakes just like everyone else, they just never admit it!
Flooded with fallacy
Charleston hate crime murders were an "accident," or the outpouring of genuine remorse is a mask for gun control advocacy. Whole thing was avoidable if the preacher permitted his parishioners to carry guns into the church and wage a gunfight in self-defense. Supreme Court of the United States, especially Chief Justice Roberts, is a lapdog politician for Obama in denying the idiotic case challenging Obamacare elements. But the fight is not over and every GOP lunatic pledges to forge ahead and gut the law despite having no option for healthcare for the millions of citizens who have none without the aid of this law. Worse, Bush's appointment of Roberts to the bench was the worst ever. I guess Citizens United's love affair with corporate greed is OK.
Obama's "fast track" authority to rush the Trans Pacific Partnership through the Republican-dominated congress is OK, despite leaving the nation with no authority to regulate commerce, assure product safety, protect jobs and face litigation if it has the effrontery to seek protection of the citizenry opposed to corporate greed and criminality. It is celebrated as good for America and Obama is hailed as finally being in accord with the worst legislation ever conceived globally.
Of course, a day cannot pass without the demand to bomb the globe to eliminate terrorism that we spawned with egregious foreign policy under Bush/Cheney.
2016 looms, and if we pooled the intellectual acumen of the 20 or so GOP candidates for the presidency, there is no prospect that the total would equal room temperature levels. Good luck Amurikur.
Robert John White
Help for vets
Once again, I find it necessary to remind all veterans seeking VA benefits or appealing a denial of a claim from the VA that he/she does need to retain an attorney. Our VSOs have VA certified service officers to assist a veteran. These service officers are trained and experienced VA claims representatives and service is provided without charge. Attorneys cannot process your claim any faster than a VSO service officer. VA law is complicated and requires expertise in this practice area. Before you retain an attorney call your local American Legion, AMVETS, DAV, VFW or other VSO.
Edward L. Richards
Commander, VFW Memorial Post 12110