Speak Out 12/31/12

Monday, December 31, 2012

Dress code

As a teacher, parent of two CHS students and friend of more than a few CHS teachers, I want to comment on the proposed dress code changes. According to my kids and the teachers I know, the problem is not with the dress code. It is with teachers and administrators doing one of two things. Most often, dress code violations are ignored. I saw that myself this past fall when I had to be on campus for work-related reasons. The other problem is one that has plagued this school for years, despite the current principal's claim that it doesn't happen. Blatant favoritism results in some students getting away with violations while others can't.

Prosecute parents

I think a good solution to the Connecticut issue would be to prosecute the parents for felony child endangerment anytime an under-age person gets access to their firearms. That way the Americans who are being responsible with their firearms should not have to suffer for the ignorance of others. It's getting to where the government has to control everyone because the adults in the U.S. don't have enough sense to do what's right.

Editorial response

It is so sad to continue to read Southeast Missourian editorials excoriating our government for fairly regulating the free enterprise system when it is now widely recognized that the lack of effective government regulation led to the Wall Street meltdown in 2008 and was a major contributor to President Bush's Great Recession.

President Obama

Coming from a politically neutral publication, Time Magazine's choice of President Obama as Person of the Year should silence all of his critics and produce a nationwide consensus that the president has indeed been a transformative figure, leading and continuing to lead the nation in a positive direction, through very challenging and difficult times. Thank you, Mr. President. Thank you.

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