Dont call them conservatives
In a day in which we have fake documentaries, staged reality shows, and politically polarized media networks, we all need to consider our belief systems and where they divide from the propaganda we have swallowed.
When we look to our core values and not our political party as our guiding light we see that we have differences with the party leadership no matter which party affiliation we have. It is incumbent on us to police our own party with our vote. As a Republican, I am appalled that the party has committed what should be criminal conduct in shutting down the government. They held the country hostage while saying they were going to change a democratically created law, The Affordable Care Act, Obamacare. They knew they could not change the law with a shutdown, they were just posturing while harming the nation and some specific groups we all hold dear.
There are ethical and lawful means to change laws. As it stands now the extremist tea party-Heritage bunch is influenced by the Koch brothers (formerly John Birchers). The Kochs go-to guy is Sen. Ted Cruz. Look up their self-serving contributions. Ultra fiscal conservatives are their useful idiots. The Kochs play to right-wing ideology because it is beneficial to their industries (Second largest privately held company in U.S.). The tea party is not the center of conservative morality. The tea party proved they are not fiscally responsible -- which was their only claim to conservatism.
The Machiavellian-tea party Republican plot to overthrow Obamacare will result in Democrats taking the tea party representatives seats in the next elections. After several Democratic terms and a thorough cleansing of the tea party-Koch charlatans, the Republicans can create a moderate conservative party without the riff-raff.
-- Deborah Owens
No magic bullet
On the Opinion page of Sept. 18, there was an article about low income students and low income neighborhoods. The article did not identify who is considered a low income student or what is the household income of the student or what constitutes a low income neighborhood, or the makeup of a low income household. To my way of thinking, there are no low income students.
A households low income may be a reason why a student does not do well in school, but it is not the primary reason. Most educators agree that if parents do not emphasize the importance of education, children will not try to obtain one. If parents are not involved with teachers their children will not perform up to their potential.
I think the term low income student is a manufactured term used by apologists to justify their endeavors to obtain funds to supplement poor inner-city education. The program may help dedicated students to overcome the impediments they encounter daily at school. And it may enable some households to obtain additional welfare benefits. And, the infusion of additional money or the creation of another after school program will not resolve the school districts core problems.
There are numerous examples of students from low income or disadvantage households who obtained an education and became successful adults. Look at our president or former secretaries of state or current Supreme Court judges and senators and congressmen. They stated they were motivated to excel and follow the rules by their parents. They also claim that they and their parents received welfare.
There is no magic to education, it is the compilation of a students hard work and dedication plus parental expectations and involvement. As long as a community tolerates substandard performance in its schools it will have to live with the results. Pouring additional money into a community will not improve its school system. The only way to improve a school system is to set realistic standards, fire incompetent performers and hold administrators and bureaucrats accountable. I wish there were magic programs that could be implemented quickly and cheaply to make students better, but there arent any.
-- Jim Costello
No fire truck
I am appealing to all Centerville residents to vote no on the coming ballot to deny senior citizens their exemption. I have looked at this and consider it a very poor idea. The city claims to be able to recoup $144,000 dollars in lost revenue by reneging on a promise to a vulnerable and venerable group of citizens. Citizens who believed that the city was here to help protect them from such a thing. Apparently, one councilman wants to buy a new fire truck with the $144,000 windfall he is dreaming about. One city councilmans boyish wish for a fire truck is not worth the animosity that will result in reneging on an agreement that has been in place over 15 years.
If the city lied to the senior citizens, what next?
-- Martin England
When I was a Company Commander in the Marine Corps, I was responsible for all those under my command, no matter how troublesome they were.
This statement from The New York Times regarding. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebeluis highlights the biggest problem with politicians, and particularly this administration. Kathleen has the title, but she doesnt have the responsibility or in many respects the kind of wide authority and access to the president that she really needs to make a difference, said one person close to Sebelius and the White House, who asked to remain anonymous to discuss internal decision-making. Everybody thinks that shes the driving force, but unfortunately shes not.
As we learned from Hillary Clintons stint as secretary of state, its easy to claim responsibility for problems, as long as there are no consequences associated with that claim.
Even a Marine second lieutenant knows that authority, responsibility and accountability are all required for those who would be in charge.
-- Dan Topolewski