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Updated: February 26, 2013 6:05AM



Aborted children deserve same protections as others

The words of President Obama on Dec. 16, Newtown, Conn.: “This is our first task — caring for our children. It’s our first job. If we don’t get that right, we don’t get anything right. That’s how, as a society, we will be judged. And by that measure, can we truly say, as a nation, that we are meeting our obligations? Can we honestly say that we’re doing enough to keep our children — all of them — safe from harm?”

Words to consider during the week of the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. Who is willing to stand up for those who have no voice? The weakest of our society? Stand up for all of our children — all of them.

Jennifer Feeney

LaPorte

It’s about time we armed teachers to protect children

Hooray for the John Birch Society and the National Rifle Association for demanding that our teachers be armed to protect our children by using their constitutional gun rights and armed guards.

If teachers had been armed in past decades, it’s obvious the killings and casualties would have been reduced by at least 90 percent. However, our leaders and the police wouldn’t allow teachers to be armed and, by doing so, they directly have violated our Constitution they have sworn to uphold, and facilitated the horrible deaths. They should be investigated and prosecuted for such acts against our children.

We should support the John Birch Society and NRA in their efforts to arm our teachers and protect our children. And, if the teachers bring their own guns, it will cost nothing.

Ed Nemecheck

Landers, Calif.

Let parents, not taxpayers, pay for charter schools

I think it is absolutely wrong for taxpayers to foot part of the bill for charter schools. If the parents of children who attend charter schools think their kids are such budding geniuses that they need to be in a special school, they should pay for it. If they can’t afford a private school, they should have thought twice before having kids or send them to public schools. But don’t expect taxpayers to pick up the tab.

This recent expansion of charter schools in Indiana is especially troubling, given the underfunding of public schools. If we can’t afford to fund public schools, why are we funding charter schools?

This idea that if a student is just in a good-enough school, with just the right teacher, just the right class size and just the right environment is pure folly, and taxpayers can’t afford it, anyway.

Besides, if a child is interested in learning, he or she will excel in any environment. And I am quite sure our public school teachers are more than adequate, more than capable of teaching Indiana’s children.

Another troubling issue with charter schools is the apparent lack of oversight by the state.

Ramon Romantico

Gary



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