Send them home
What we have in the regions north of our southern border with Mexico is Mexican and Central American-aided lawlessness. Nations are ignoring our laws in general and our immigration law in particular.
The crisis has diverted our border patrol agents from guarding our border to running daycare centers and being transportation providers — not back to their homes, but to other areas in the U. S.
If we do not exercise more border control, denying entry to anyone outside of the legal, established road to citizenship, our infrastructure — including health care centers, hospitals and government services for Americans — will break down. Send the immigrant children back home to their families.
Don't ignore us
In the immortal words of Janet Jackson: "What have you done for us lately?"
Thank you for the editorial: "Long time waiting" which encouraged continued awareness to the "plight" of the citizens living in the Southeast Community.
However, you forgot to mention the "Whittaker Heritage Veterans Facility" project which hasn't seen dirt-to-shovel either. More than four years later, Whittaker Memorial Hospital is still an abandoned building and an eyesore.
Where is the Southeast Community in the city's current five-year plan? Millions of dollars have been spent building up City Center, buying parking garages/parking lots, investing in fishing piers and now $18 million is slated to build a school bus housing facility. There is a community in distress. How can you have a t-shirt [that says] "We are one city?"
Socialism consolidates most power in government, which controls virtually every aspect of public and private life. Communism is similar, but a communist government owns all mean of production and owns/controls all resources.
Our government was quasi-socialist under George W. Bush. During the presidency of Barack Obama, GM and big banks answer to our government and there is a takeover of the healthcare industry by the government. Government now dictates what natural resources can and cannot be used.
Welfare benefits and other forms of government assistance have exploded over the decades, creating dependents who can be relied upon to vote for more government. Our president is an advocate of the European socialist state and though it was Democrats pushing in the past few presidential terms, they are now joined by many Republicans advocating ever bigger government that treads on individual rights.
If you like socialism, just keep voting for the same politicians each and every election.
Where do we start?
Regarding your editorial, "Keep an open mind" (Aug. 5), I agree that improvement of public education is not only necessary but also past due. The challenge is to change the paradigm that, other than occasional add-on innovations through the centuries, remains unchanged.
I do have concern over your chastising school groups (administrators, school boards and teacher unions) for their reluctance to embrace reform.
The real power to reform lies with the politicians and tax-payers. There are many segments within our communities which would oppose reform for many reasons — not the least of which is loss of convenience. You spoke of Mr. Bill Thomas's views on improving education but I failed to find any specific, new solutions attributed to him. Testing was also addressed in your editorial, but if testing (it's easier to understand numbers than motivational, environmental, experiential factors) is the driving force in evaluating school success, then I'm afraid we are in deep trouble. How do you test "wanting to be your very best?"
The question, then, is what is it we really want? What are we willing to change? The school year? Length of the school day? Later daily start-times for teens? Entrance dates based upon an arbitrary day or age? "Yearly" grade advancement? Mandatory attendance? More male teachers in elementary schools? Online classes/assignments at home? No grades on report cards?
Can the education paradigm change?