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Updated: March 15, 2013 6:06AM



No reason to feel safer when everyone has their own gun

Stuart Swenson’s letter is right on target. The NRA would like us to believe “the only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun” — but don’t we all think we’re the “good” guys? No one knows how they will react in a life-threatening situation until they are in that situation, and no one has to prove any level of skill for a gun license.

Why would I feel safer if everyone owned a gun? Think about the people you see every day. Do you want them all armed? How many know how to shoot? How many will properly maintain and secure their guns and ammunition? How many more guns will be stolen when we’re all untrained, careless gun owners?

Chris Rettig

Crown Point

State should keep Charter School of the Dunes open

I am writing to show my support for Charter School of the Dunes (CSD). My son has been a student there for three years. He is doing very well, scoring in the 90th percentile in the country on his last standardized math test. He learns not only the rote information needed for success on standardized tests but also the humanity needed to be a leader in 21st century America.

During the past three years, he has been well educated about sustainability, diversity and community. Northwest
Indiana needs more diversity and inclusion in the schools. CSD does this. Environmental sustainability must be discussed with the next generation, and CSD does this through beach cleanup, camping trips to Indiana Dunes Environmental Learning Center, and through classroom focus. Being part of a community is shown through parent-teacher meetings and school events, and with the understanding that we are together to help one another. We hold the door open to let others through, figuratively and realistically.

As a full-time, tenured college professor, I am aware of standards, assessment and testing. But one area all these
measures miss is the quality of one-on-one education: Teachers taking the time to learn about students as people; teachers helping hungry children become nourished — physically and mentally; teachers helping students meet grade-level even when they enter the building two to three levels behind. This, and more, happens daily at CSD. These acts of learning are not recorded on the ISTEP. There is more to education than test scores.

This personalized touch matters to the families of the students enrolled. We choose to send our children to CSD. With many local schools being consolidated into monster-sized districts with more than 1,000 students per school, many parents want smaller classes and individual attention for their kids.

Charter School of the Dunes provides a great community service and resource, and should be allowed to continue.

Carey Millsap-Spears

Hobart



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