published Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

'One-on-one time can aid students' and other letters to the editor

One-on-one time can aid students

I recently read the article about how the poor Dalton schools are outperforming their wealthy counterparts.

I find it great that the lower income schools are doing better than the bigger schools. My senior class has only five people in it, so I know what it is like to have more one-on-one time with the teachers. Having the teachers working closer with you is a huge benefit in learning.

I applaud the teachers of those schools for taking the time to work with those students. It just goes to show that if you have the will to learn, you can be very successful in school.

ZACH VAN FLEET


Time for majority to take control

Re: the front page article, Aug. 23, "Ridgeland team flagged for religious activities."

The Freedom From Religion Foundation indicated there are plenty of students who could be offended by religious activities because "a quarter or more are not religious."

I can't believe we can even consider that 25 percent of the football players (and I doubt that figure) can control the other 75 percent of the football players who want to say prayers. Just let the 25 percent leave the group and do something else. This appears the tail is wagging the dog, and it is past the time where the majority of the people in the United States should start doing what we used to do ... give thanks to our Maker.

DON HOFFMAN, Cleveland, Tenn.


Stewart not afraid to debate issues

What should the electorate expect from candidates running for office? For starters, politicians should be willing to engage their opponents in dialogue that would inform us about their positions on governmental issues. Canned commercials are taking the place of substantive debate.

State Sen. Eric Stewart is running for the U.S. Congress in the Tennessee 4th Congressional District and has requested a series of debates with the incumbent Republican, Congressman Scott DesJarlais. He has refused. Why? I assume he is afraid of his record and doesn't feel he is obligated to tell voters what his solutions might be or in any way to engage his opponent.

Sen. Stewart has worked very hard in our state Senate to solve problems and has worked with members of both parties to make our state better. He isn't afraid to address issues and have a healthy public discussion of them, unlike Congressman DesJarlais who is depending on your ignorance of his positions to protect his job.

Our government needs people who actually can build consensus to solve the problems facing our country and the world and is not afraid to debate the issues. Go to www.votestewart.com for more information.

MRS. PAT TABOR, Estill Springs, Tenn.

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Easy123 said...

DON HOFFMAN,

You might want to read the Constitution, the GA State Constitution, the many Supreme Court cases addressing issues like this. The beliefs of the majority are of zero consequence. The beliefs of the majority cannot supplant the Constitution. You don't get your way just because you are in the majority.

Apparently, your "maker" made you highly illogical, unreasonable and arrogant.

August 28, 2012 at 8:36 a.m.
daytonsdarwin said...

Mr. Hoffman wrote: "I can't believe we can even consider that 25 percent of the football players (and I doubt that figure) can control the other 75 percent of the football players who want to say prayers. Just let the 25 percent leave the group and do something else."

How about that 75% leave the public school and start their own christian school with no tax dollars. They can pray to the invisible Sky Daddy, teach intelligent design, do a little snake handling, find images of Jesus in mashed potatoes and meatloaf, speak in unintelligible tongues, and turn their school into a Christian madrassa.

That's fine with me if they leave. My tax dollars can go to teachers and students who value reason, science, and rationality without the fairy tales of a Middle Eastern minor deity who's a paranoid schizophrenic.

Problem solved.

August 28, 2012 at 8:42 a.m.
moon4kat said...

Pat Tabor is right to expect debates and a thorough discussion of issues by candidates for public office. desJarlais refuses to engage in debate, and should be rejected for that reason alone.
How could any thinking person vote for a politician who is afraid to debate his opponent?
Eric Stewart is a far better choice for Congress.

August 28, 2012 at 8:45 a.m.
moon4kat said...

Great comment from daytonsdarwin! I agree; those who want to push religion at school can start their own religious academies and run them however they want without taxpayer support. Meanwhile, schools that use my property taxes should teach students to develop critical thinking skills, and expose them to the difference between reason and mythology.
Mob-rule Christianity has no place in our public schools.

August 28, 2012 at 8:52 a.m.
ORRMEANSLIGHT said...

What a bunch of sore loser Christian Haters! How many tax dollars today are being spent unconstitutionally because of so-called Executive Orders, etc.?

Stop Your 'hate' speech. This is unethical. This Nation was founded on Christian principles. Our Nation's first permanent settlement included something called The Mayflower Compact. I want all You 'Haters' with your discriminatory, spoiled brat, Christian Hate Speech to reacquaint yourselves with some elementary grade history.

.......................The Mayflower Compact....................

In the name of God, Amen. We, whose names are underwritten, the loyal subjects of our dread Sovereign Lord King James, by the Grace of God, of Great Britain, France, and Ireland, King, defender of the Faith, etc. Having undertaken, for the Glory of God, and advancements of the Christian faith and honor of our King and Country, a voyage to plant the first colony in the Northern parts of Virginia, do by these presents, solemnly and mutually, in the presence of God, and one another, covenant and combine ourselves together into a civil body politic; for our better ordering, and preservation and furtherance of the ends aforesaid; and by virtue hereof to enact, constitute, and frame, such just and equal laws, ordinances, acts, constitutions, and offices, from time to time, as shall be thought most meet and convenient for the general good of the colony; unto which we promise all due submission and obedience. In witness whereof we have hereunto subscribed our names at Cape Cod the 11th of November, in the year of the reign of our Sovereign Lord King James, of England, France, and Ireland, the eighteenth, and of Scotland the fifty-fourth, 1620.

August 29, 2012 at 9:09 a.m.
Easy123 said...

What a sore loser, Secularism hater! How many tax exemptions are being doled out to churches and their leaders?

Stop your 'hate' speech. It is unethical. This Nation was not founded on Christian principles. Our nation wasn't founded in 1620 when the Mayflower Compact was written. It was founded more than 150 years later and the secular document called the Constitution is proof enough of our secular nation. I want you, 'Hater", with your discriminatory, spoiled brat, Constitution hate speech to reacquaint yourself with some elementary grade history.

____The First Amendment________

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

August 29, 2012 at 11:31 a.m.
ORRMEANSLIGHT said...

CONCLUSION:

"............or prohibiting the free exercise thereof............."

Stop the 'Hate Speech' directed toward Christians, attempting to malign/interfere with the First Amendment Freedoms/Rights of God's Children. You all are 'Haters'. Also Cowards, to wit, the North Carolina Atheists who were not strong enough in their own personal Faith that there exists no God. They pulled down their 'Hate Speech' Billboards. Cowards! They can't even stand behind their own Faith!

August 29, 2012 at 2:25 p.m.
Easy123 said...

Stop the 'Hate Speech' directed toward Atheists, attempting to malign/interfere with the First Amendment Freedoms/Rights of Human Beings. You are a 'Hater'. Also a Coward, to wit, Ken Orr, who is not strong enough in his own personal Faith to defend his own religion based on facts. He can't even prove the authenticity of the Bible, the historicity of Jesus, or even that their is a diety. He believes something on zero evidence. What a moron.

August 29, 2012 at 2:38 p.m.
ORRMEANSLIGHT said...

Easy123,

If You were my Child, I would send You to Time-Out!

August 29, 2012 at 3:29 p.m.
Easy123 said...

Orr,

Thank Zeus I'm not your child.

August 29, 2012 at 3:48 p.m.
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